South Leeds Roundup: Bluebells, blossom and a broom cupboard

Here’s your regular roundup of what’s making South Leeds tick on other websites, blogs and across Facebook.

Photo: Friends of Middleton Park
Photo: Friends of Middleton Park

The bluebells are out in Middleton Woods, so let’s start there. The Friends of Middleton Park have photos and details of their Bluebell Walks this weekend when they tie up with Middleton Railway. This marks the start of their summer programme with all sorts of treats including our favourite – Oddsocks theatre. This year they will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Tuesday 8 July.

In other Friends news, the Friends of New Forest Village have posted more photos from their Easter fun day.

Continuing the theme, the Friends of Holbeck Cemetery ask if you fancy a walk in the park? They point out that many cemeteries were laid out as parks, theirs was designed by Joshua Major. They invite you come a appreciate the cherry blossom.

If you found my recent article about Temple Works interesting, get yourself booked onto this tour of the building. The Culture Vulture explains that it takes place on Saturday 10 May and includes a look at the artists who are currently using the space.

John Cockburn is continuing to look at the agencies working around the issue of prostitution on his blog What Can I Do About It? This time he interviews the STAR (Surviving Trauma After Rape) Project.

Many people in Middleton and Belle Isle will remember Ivy Needham who campaigned for many years, particularly for Guide Dogs and Help The Heroes. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported the unveiling of a commemorative bench outside Action for Blind People’s offices in the city.

Can I be really cheeky and promote a charity cycle ride I’m doing on Sunday? Beeston Festival have the skinny as I was inspired by the festival’s cycling theme. There’s even an embarrassing photo of me in lycra!

It’s good to hear that Hilary Benn MP has been promoting women’s history. Pupils from Sharp Lane Primary School were shown the broom cupboard that became part of the fight for votes for women, as part of their visit to the House of Commons.

Toby Roberts reflects on 20 years work turning a patch of grass by a power station into a habitat for nature. Skelton Grange Environment Centre records many accidental wildlife sightings as well as carrying out organised surveys.

On the subject of nature, H2010 have photos of the swans eggs laid on their stretch of the River Aire.

Did you know that Hunslet Hawks also have a women’s team? You can find their fixtures and match reports on the Hawks’ website.

Do many chip shops have a website these days? Park Fisheries in Beeston do, well they need somewhere to post all their ‘In Bloom’ awards. Other fish and chip shops are available.

As well as all the sports, the Hunslet Club also runs vocational training and last week the learners received their certificates. On the sporting front they are holding another boxing night on Friday 23 May.

Panda Media have produced a video explaining what the HUGO Project is all about.

And finally this week, the Belle Isle TMO Facebook page has reached the milestone of 100 ‘likes’. If you haven’t visited yet you should, it’s regularly updated with everything that’s going on in Belle Isle.