South Leeds Roundup: Eid, elephant skulls and George Ellison


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

Eid at Beeston Parish CentreWe start this week at Beeston Parish Centre. They held an Eid celebration meal and have posted photos from the event, where people could find out more about the Muslim festival. Don’t forget they also have a Fun Day coming up on Saturday (9 August 2014).

Beeston blogger Debs reflects over on Rosietints about a year of trying to be healthy and get fit. She also offers solidarity to anyone thinking about starting a similar journey.

Have you discovered the Discovery Centre in Hunslet? It’s part of Leeds Museums and Galleries and they have a behind the scenes guided tour every Thursday in the summer holidays at 11am and 2pm. Who knows what you might discover – maybe an elephant skull or an meteorite.

There’s a scam alert on the Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team website – you’re advised to delete any email you get from ‘Green Winick’ lawyers.

Have you been moved by the World War One commemoration? Are you looking for something to read? The library’s Leeds Reads blog comes to the rescue with a list of novels to get your teeth into. I can certainly recommend Pat Barker’s Regeneration and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes from their list.

Our MP, Hilary Benn, was in Mons to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war. The Belgian cemetery contains the grave of George Ellison from Richmond Hill, the last British solider to be killed in the war. He also blogs about a visit to Siemens engineering in Stourton and has issued a statement about the tragedy in Gaza.

Adam Ogilvie, Beeston & Holbeck Councillor and Executive Board member for Adult Services, has blogged on Better Lives For People In Leeds about the legacy of the Tour de France Grand Depart in terms of social care and health.

Beeston Community Forum welcomes Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, to its meeting on Thursday (7 August 2014).

There’s always lots going on at BITMOs GATE in Belle Isle. On their Facebook page you can find details of their regular activities through the summer, their new clothing swap shop and the Fun Day coming up on Wednesday 20 August.

Another busy place is the Hunslet Club. Loads going on this summer from Tots’ Rugby to Boot Camp and Dance Fit, not to mention the Activity Camp which runs to end of next week (15 August 2014).

The Council’s local street cleaning South & Outer East Locality Team report that the courts have fined Beeston landlords that haven’t kept their binyards clean despite warnings.

And finally, South Leeds is the place to find hidden gems according to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post. American Express put together a list of the hidden city gems in the UK. Holbeck Cemetery, Holbeck Viaduct and Temple Works all featured in the top 50.