South Leeds Roundup: Dabbing, dough and dementia

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 at The Tetley art gallery in Hunslet where you are invited to collaborate on a giant group painting made by rolling, twisting and dabbing painted balls over half term.


It’s almost time for community festivals and galas, so here’s an update on booking  a stall. Beeston Festival (6 June) has closed its stalls bookings as they are full. You can still book a stall for Holbeck Gala (4 July), you can download a booking form from their website at You can book for Hunslet Gala (27 June) online here.

Here’s one the bakers amongst you. Mike Wallis experiments with six day old dough and ends up with pre spread Marmite bread (or something). Read the full story on his Backwards Lion blog.

There’s a new face on reception at Health For All, meet Joanne Haley here. They also have a report on the recent showcase event revealing the work completed by College of Art students on the WITH project.

Fancy cheerleading with the world beating Leeds Dynamite? The Middleton-based group have announced they are holding try outs for 2015/16 on Friday 12 June.

Canons and muskets were fired last Sunday as the Friends of Middleton Park held a Civil War day. Next up is circus skills with Professor Fiddlesticks on Sunday (24 May).

Sticking in Middleton Park, Leeds Young Archaeologists had a great session last Saturday looking at ceramics and measuring things. They meet on the second Saturday each month.

It’s Half Term next week which means Activity Camps at The Hunslet Club. There are lots of activities, games and sports for boys and girls, plus there’s a separate three day Football Camp.

Speaking of Half Term, the Tennis Centre at John Charles has two tennis activity days on Wednesday and Friday next week.

There’s an interesting article on Better Lives For People In Leeds from Ripaljeet Kaur who works for Beeston-based mental health charity Touchstone. As Dementia Champion her job is to work within the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to give people a better understanding of dementia.

If you live in Cottingley you can keep up to date with developments by ‘liking’ the Cottingley Community Centre’s Facebook page. They’ve just set up a new arts and crafts group and are asking people to come along on Sunday (24 May) to help paint the hall.

Scroats have stolen fencing from St Mary’s Church graveyard. Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team is appealing for information. On a happier note they show off a stolen motorbike that was recovered following a nuisance complaint in Holbeck.

Leeds Housing are advertising ‘city centre living’ in ‘modern apartments’ on Holbeck Moor Road. The 74 flats are due to be let in the autumn.

And finally, there are lots of photos from Monday’s Holbeck In Bloom work day. They had support from O2 and PWC volunteers to clear up and plant around the area.