South Leeds Roundup: Fungi, festivals and old photographs

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

Tree fungusWe start this week with a nature walk organised by Friends of Middleton Park last Sunday which revealed, amongst other things, an allegedly edible tree fungus called ‘chicken of the woods’.

Performing cats anyone? They were on the stage at The Theatre which stood on Hunslet Lane (near The Tetley) 200 years ago. The performing cats were unearthed in the Central library’s handbill collection and mentioned on their Secret Library blog.

A letter in the Yorkshire Evening Post suggests Leeds City Council “hangs its head in shame” for its neglect of Stank Hall and its Barn in Beeston. The writer goes on to praise the work of the Friends of Stank Hall Barn who have been busy with open days and information stalls at White Rose Centre and Beeston Festival.

Staff at The Shine Project are planning to run 30km to raise funds for the project which supports vulnerable girls in South Leeds. Actually Kate, Helen and Rachel are running 10k each on 12 July. Sponsor them here:

Fancy joining a  world beating cheerleading squad? Or just having fun and getting fit in Middleton? Either way get yourselves to Leeds Dynamite try outs on Friday 12 June.

Don’t forget the Leeds Waterfront Festival is coming up on 27/28 June. There’ll be loads going on including Dragon Boat racing in Leeds Dock and a family fun day at Thwaite Mills in Stourton.

How to get a mention in the Roundup 101: post a photo of your activity with copies of South Leeds Life showing prominently! That’s exactly what The Craft Café in Beeston have done and look – it worked! They were making bead keyrings by the way.

We love old photos here at South Leeds Towers, so it good to see some photos of Holbeck in days gone by thanks to The Holbeck.  Beestoners should take a look at the Memories of Beeston Facebook Group  And Middletonians shouldn’t miss the exhibition next week at St George’s library put on by Middleton Life.

And finally, do you know anyone out Armley, Bramley, Pudsey way? Do tell them about West Leeds Life, the newest addition to the Leeds hyperlocal scene and like South Leeds Life written by local volunteers.