South Leeds Roundup: Books, Buses and Bettakultcha


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

Hunslet Moor. Photo courtesy of Urban Pollinators
Hunslet Moor. Photo courtesy of Urban Pollinators

We’ve mentioned the Urban Pollinators project with their test sites in Cross Flatts and Middleton parks and Hunslet Moor previously. The scientists are trying to establish which flowers will best support the insects that pollinate our fruit and vegetable crops. This week they posted some lovely photos of all their test sites across Leeds.

Hopefully you’ve caught up with the word blog, but do you know your twerk from your selfie? Leeds Reads, the Library service’s blog (there you go), highlights new words that have entered the Oxford English Dictionary. They also point out that this is just one reference “book” you can access over the internet if you’re a library member. In other posts this week they suggest 10 great cycling books ahead of the Tour de France Grand Depart and if you’d like to keep up with the Man Booker Prize, the shortlisted books are available from the library.

If you’ve been affected by the Welfare Reforms you might be interested that Aire Valley Homes are holding a Mutual Exchange event at Cottingley Primary Academy on Friday from 1-3pm, also present will be representatives from Job Centre Plus and Leeds City Credit Union. They also have news of construction apprenticeship opportunities with Mears.

Leeds City Council has started live streaming its full Council meetings. This afternoon’s meeting included a deputation from various Holbeck residents groups, complaining about the poor bus service in the area. As Anne Hopper said “we have buses flying all around us but very few where people actually live”. You can find the webcast here and if you scroll down the right hand column to 00:15:59 you’ll find Anne’s speech.

The Facebook page of Greenhouse Leeds has information about fine dining at the Deli on 5th October and also the TEDx talk that takes place on 20 September.

There’s a positive thinking campaign going on over at Friends of Middleton Park. They are keen to keep the rain away from the Middleton Park Craft, Flower & Produce Show on Sunday afternoon. Early indications show it’s working (apparently). They are also promoting debate about the future of Middleton Park golf course.

There’s news on the Hunslet Club Football page that they have handed over a cheque for £1,400 to Wheatfields Hospice from donations at Richie O’Coy’s funeral. As they say: “What a fantastic amount of money in memory of a great man.”

Middleton Elderly Aid have posted some photos of their new weekly computer club on a Monday morning.

The Leeds List website picks out The Cross Keys on Water Lane in Holbeck as a great gastro pub with great food and great beers.

Together For Peace invite people from Beeston and other parts of south Leeds to take part in a programme to explore how to become active in your community. There’s an information session next Wednesday if you’re interested.

Sadly Hunslet Hawks were relegated in the last game of a very exciting season, you can read the Club Chairman’s end of season review on their website.

And finally, Bettakultcha is coming to Beeston Hill Social Club on Monday. If this is new to you it involves a range of speakers talking about their passion using 20 slides and speaking for no longer than 15 seconds per slide. It’s a sort of speed lecturing, if that makes sense. Tickets are available here but going fast.