South Leeds Roundup: Festivals, flax, fans, firebugs and a fabulous feel good fair


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

Family friendly festival
Photo: Paul Bullivant

The days are getting longer and so thoughts turn to community festivals. Beeston Festival has updated its website in preparation for 2014. They’ve adopted a Tour de France theme under the slogan “Let’s Go Cycling”. It all happens in Cross Flatts Park on 14 June.

Meanwhile Hunslet Gala have an online stall booking system set up on their website. Hunslet Gala takes place by St Mary’s Church and school on Saturday 21 June.

Holbeck Gala are looking for volunteers as are Friends of New Forest Village who are planning a Family Fun day on 13 July, they also have minutes up from their latest meeting.

Built in 1840 as a flax mill and last used as Kay’s Catalogue warehouse Temple Works in Holbeck is modelled on the ancient Egyptian Temple of Edfu. When it was built is was the largest room in the world. Now The Culture Vulture has organised a tour of the building including the roof where sheep famously once grazed.

There’s an interesting article on The Leeds Guardian considering the redevelopments of the Leeds South Bank (is that what we’re calling it this week?). The building of the new HS2 station if it goes ahead will add to the Holbeck Urban Village and Tetley, college campus and a new high school. The Leeds Guardian asks if Leeds can learn lessons from Kings Cross in London and Rotterdam which have seen regeneration on a similar scale.

The book club run by South Leeds Community Radio will be debating The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and The Power Of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. Why not join them on 12 March at 6:30pm when the discussion will be recorded.

If you’ve missed Ewan Mitchell’s recipes, the good news is he’s back. On Tonight’s Menu is Chinese Style Ox Cheek Stew. It sounds exotic, but it’s a surprisingly cheap cut of meat.

The headline “The Scandanavians are coming” is guaranteed to catch our attention. Apprently Hunslet Hawks get regular visits from Scandanavian fans crossing the North Sea to get their fix of rugby league. Who knew?

Sticking with rugby league, Beeston Broncos are looking for 7-11 year olds to join their teams. Training is on Thursday evenings 6:30-7:30 at the bottom of Beeston Road, all welcome.

The next meeting of Beeston Community Forum will be on Thursday 6 March. Tom Smith from the South & Outer East Locality Team (street cleaning) will be speaking and answering questions. On the team’s Facebook Page Tom’s posted before and after photos of a binyard on Upper Woodview Place in Beeston that was cleaned up with the help of residents.

West Yorkshire Police have issued CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to following an incident at Hunslet Morrisons last Friday.

A “firebug” is operating in Holbeck according to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post. They set fires in bins in the early hours of the morning. West Yorkshire Fire Service are calling residents to be extra vigilant.

If you are interested in history and heritage the Friends of Stank Hall Barn page has links to all sorts including this week Leeds Libraries’ online resource of historic newspapers.

Crafters will want to keep an eye on SLATE. Kid’s craft days, furniture painting classes at their Feel Good Café in Beeston. They’ve also announced the date of their next Fabulous Feel Good Fair which will be on Saturday 7 June.

Finally a shout out to St Luke’s CARES Beeston Charity Shop who were in touch about their expansion plans with a second shop in Morley. Don’t forget to like their page to keep up to date with all their news.