South Leeds Roundup: Boats, Bloggers and Board Members


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

Have you ever blogged on a boat? Leeds Waterfront Festival is inviting bloggers to an event tomorrow (Thursday 22 May) at 5pm. The idea is to explore the waterfront venues and blog about them – see you there? The festival itself takes place on 28 and 29 June.

Dragon Boat
Dragon Boat racing at last year’s Waterfront Festival


We reported a few weeks back that a tree from Park Fisheries had been given a new home in Holbeck Cemetery. Unfortunately, it had an accident with a lawn mower, but the Friends of Holbeck Cemetery have come to the rescue and replaced it.

Are you a cyclist? Are you frustrated by your routes being cut by motorways? Leeds Cycling Campaign wants to hear from you with suggestions of how the Highways Agency could put it right.

Beeston blogger Lucy Potter has been back to Brazil to address a conference about baby massage. Find out about her latest travels on her Lucylines blog.

Another Beeston blogger is Debs Davies. She’s restarted her Rosetinted blog and this week’s post is about her fitness goals.

It’s ‘Kids 4 A Quid’ at Middleton Railway all this bank holiday weekend. Every child travels for £1. Children under 3 years of age travel for free!

There’s lots for kids to do at The Tetley art gallery this half term. From a trail collecting maypole ribbons to wood carving and not forgetting the Boomerang Jam Festival outside featuring the likes of Peppa Pig and Postman Pat (other alliterative names are available).

Speaking of half term, Leeds Youth Services are running trips to Lightwater Valley and Stokeld Park. South Leeds Youth Hub has all the details.

Gala stalls update: Beeston Festival has closed its stall bookings, Hunslet Gala have a last few spaces available and Holbeck Gala have published their booking form.

Beeston Parish Centre are holding a table top and plant sale on Saturday 7 June, book your table via the website.

Another plant sale takes place in Middleton Park on Sunday (25 May). Friends of Middleton Park will also have a spring walk around the park and refreshments in the visitor centre between 2-4pm.

With the warm weather the new Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team Facebook page has good advice about closing windows and doors in houses, cars and vans to avoid thefts. In Dementia Awareness Week they also offer the service of PCSO Kirsty Johnson who is a trained Dementia Friend.

There are some very sad photos of The Woodman pub being demolished. Friends of Stank Hall Barn have posted them, pointing out that the pub – just across Dewsbury Road from the hall and barn – had stood on the site for 200 years. It’s to be replaced by a Starbuck apparently.

And finally, Leeds Federated Housing Association are looking for Tenant Board Members. They also have small pots of cash for community groups (not just Leeds Fed tenants) the fund is now called Coins For Communities.

3 Replies to “South Leeds Roundup: Boats, Bloggers and Board Members”

  1. Well I am very shocked that a Pub of 200 years history didn’t have a preservation order on it. Why would anyone go all the way up the Ring Road to get a cup of Starbucks masquerading as a “coffee”?

    What would be great round here is a decent restaurant. The White Rose Pub holds no appeal as I don’t like my food Char Grilled (Burnt).

    The White Rose Centre only attracts franchises and as a consequence holds no excitement there is no individualism or variety. There is nothing that you can’t get anywhere else.

    So come lets have some innovation and imagination.

    1. Yes nearly 200 years old – first listed in trades directory in 1822. Known to many older folk as Mother McCrees. I don’t think most people noticed what was happening until it was all approved. Shows it’s best to take more notice of planning applications! It would have been better to recycle the building/incorporate into plans as restaurant or coffee shop rather than demolish.

  2. It is a crying shame to lose so many old buildings, and it makes me sad to think that all we are leaving our children (from an architectural perspective) are steel and breeze-block monstrosities.
    I hear that Tesco plan to build on the site of the Benyon Centre (old Middleton bus depot), and they are planning a family pub amongst other things.

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