South Leeds Roundup: Festivals, Concerts and a lack of crime


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

Harare ft Kudaushe MatimbaWas it just me, or did Beeston Festival rather dominate local news this week? The Festival’s Facebook Page has some photos on it and a discussion about how to improve things for next year. Perhaps you could add you thoughts?

Beeston In Bloom, reported on their blog about a recent working party to make sure the Millennium Garden was looking its best to host the Acoustic stage on festival day. They have more working parties planned for this coming weekend ahead of the Yorkshire In Bloom judging in July. I hear their stall at the Festival, which looked terrific, did very well selling plants and planters.

The Festival also featured on The Culture Vulture, the blog of all things arts in Leeds. Local resident Helen Robinson wrote about the festival and her experience of performing Tony Harrison’s controversial poem V at last year’s event. By the way, Tony Harrison visited the festival on Saturday and was very pleased to see the park being used so positively.

Hunslet Hawks carried a news story on their website about their involvement in Beeston Festival. Head Coach Barrie Easton and mascot Harry the Hawk were both on hand to support youngsters from Beeston Broncos who took on Oulton Raiders in a league match at the festival.

The Friends of Stank Hall Barn also report a good day at the festival on Facebook. Some friends even dressed up in medieval outfits to make sure no one missed their fascinating display. They also report that the Council are on with work to the roof and 24 security on site.

Speaking of festivals, Leeds GATE highlight the different press coverage that the rubbish left after Glastonbury attracts compared with Appleby Horse Fair. A typical example of the biased media coverage the traveling community face. It’s on their Facebook Page.

Aire Valley Homes have photos on their Facebook Page to show the dramatic improvement to environment around Newhall Mount after a big clear up. They also have photos of Holbeck In Bloomers hard at work this week.

The Guardian Northerner blog picked up on the story of efforts to save Holbeck WMC, the oldest Working Mens Club in the country, which we covered on South Leeds Life.

You may have seen that some oiks nicked the flowers out of a recently planted bed in Middleton Park. The Friends of Middleton Park keep you up to date on their Facebook Page with shots of the happily replanted bed, plus a preview of the Oddsocks theatre production and news of this Sunday’s concert by the Phoenix Concert Band.

Meanwhile Friends of Cross Flatts Park are promoting their concert by Swing Of Things, also on Sunday, and the forthcoming Beeston Dog Show on their Facebook Group.

Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre were visited by Josh Sutton “the Guy Rope Gourmet” (no, me neither). It looks like he cooked up a right feast judging from the pictures on their Facebook Page.

Finally, last Friday, Holbeck Neighbourhood Policing Team reported on Facebook that there had been no reported burglaries or vehicle crimes in the previous 24 hours. I think this is some kind of record!