South Leeds Roundup: Craft clubs; cheerleaders and championing change

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

We start this week in Cottingley with the nicely alliterating children’s Craft Club at Cottingley Community Centre, which seems to have been a great success on Monday judging from the photos. You can support the centre by going along to their Big Coffee Morning fundraiser next Wednesday (29 July).

Craft Club Cottingley CC

The SLATE volunteers have been talking about touch and making tactile artwork this week as part their Arts That Care project.

More running stories, this time from Mike Wallis on his Backwards Lion blog. Another Leeds 10K for Mike, but this year with lots of friends from the hugely successful South Leeds Lakers running group.

The story of the Longley family is told on the Friends of Holbeck Cemetery blog. Joseph Longley was a ‘Victorian bedding and slumber specialist’, his grandson died on the Somme in 1916. There is also a link to Harrison Spink who still make fine beds in Beeston today.

We’ve started following Helen’s blog Hello From Me To You. Helen tweets as @IsFromUpNorth and usually has something interesting to say. We are intrigued by her latest post. It’s about Project Helen, but it’s top secret. We hope to be enlightened soon.

Dewsbury Road Library is featured in the first of a series on Leeds Reads, the Leeds Library Service blog. Did you know they have comic and creative writing workshops, coffee mornings, as well as IT learning sessions there?

Sticking with the libraries, The Secret Library local history blog has been digging in the archives to tell the story of Joshua Tetley who would have been celebrating his birthday last Saturday.

Hilary Benn MP has explained his position on proposed changes to the Hunting Act on his blog.

This week Lensa has written about how mothers worry: “I’m writing this in a play gym, every time a child cries out, all the mothers look up in attention like meerkats.” More at The Sojourners Musings blog.

Leeds Dynamite have posted a lovely video showcasing their 2014-15 cheerleading season. By the way, their classes continue throughout the school holiday.

Read Raymond’s story of moving from unemployment to a job with the Talent Match programme on the Hamara Centre website.

Pupils at The South Leeds Academy are encouraged to take a photo of themselves reading in an unusual or fitting location, there’s a £20 voucher on offer to the best snap. It’s also good to see students achievements being celebrated in the end of year newsletter. Congratulations to Ruslan Mihailovs for winning the Principal’s Award.

Time Team eat your heart out, the Leeds Young Archaeologists Club were doing a bit of geophysics in Middleton Park on Saturday exploring the site of the Lodge.

Anti-social behaviour around the new skatepark in Middleton is spoiling people’s enjoyment of the new facility. The Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team is asking for residents’ help in pin pointing the culprits and stamping it out.

A new Boxercise class is starting at Beeston Parish Centre on Sunday afternoons. If you’re feeling really fit you can combine it with a Clubbercise class straight after. Meanwhile Game Time has broken up but will be back September along with another craft fair.

And finally, congratulations to Leeds GATE (Gypsy & Traveller Exchange) which has been recognised by the Lloyds Bank Foundation. They have won an award for their work on negotiated stopping and will go into the national awards in the Championing Change category.