South Leeds Roundup: Golds, Galas and Getting Up


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

We start with news that Beeston’s popular chip shop Park Fisheries has won Gold from Yorkshire In Bloom. Fantastic – well done guys! Here’s a picture to celebrate:

Park Fisheries Gold

Beeston Festival are holding their AGM on Saturday 27 September. They promise tea and cake to oil the discussion about next year’s festival and a ‘re-branding design makeover’.

Middleton Railway are holding their September Gala this weekend featuring an intensive timetable with some trains on the Balm Road branch. Full detail are on the website under Special Events.

Middleton-based charity Health For All report that they will teaming up with students from Leeds College of Art again this year across many of their projects in South Leeds.

The Tetley will be hosting part 2 of the Den Building Festival on Sunday 28 September. This is family fun for children of all ages making castles and robots out of scrap.

Despite the disappointing loss to Oldham, Hunslet Hawks are still alive in the promotion play offs and will play Gateshead Thunder on Sunday (21 September 2014). Meanwhile, three Hawks (not from the first team!) are joining the community Three Peaks walk the day before.

The Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team is asking if you are Taxi Aware? It’s part of a campaign with Leeds City Council to help revellers avoid getting into unlicensed and potentially dangerous cars.

Tenants in Belle Isle are being asked if BITMO should continue managing their homes. Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation (BITMO) are counting down to the close of the ballot next Wednesday (24 September 2014) with reasons to vote Yes. Reason number one is the local housing office. They plan to celebrate at their MacMillan coffee morning – one of many around South Leeds – on Friday 26 September. Plus they have photos from a recent trip to Bridlington for sheltered housing tenants.

Model aeroplanes anyone? Friends of Middleton Park are following up their successful Produce Show last week by teaming up with South Leeds Aero Modellers Society on Sunday on the clearings from 2pm.

Now we’re all back at school, those of us trying to keep fit often find early morning is the only spare time to train. Debs Davies has some tips on getting up early on her Rosietints blog.

Is it too early to talk about Christmas? SLATE has announced its Christmas Fair on 29 November at Hillside. Before then they are running sewing classes in October.

The Inner South Community Committee has news of the Middleton Community Fair this Saturday (20 September 2014), 11-2pm at Middleton Primary School. They also report that Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan will be staging a firework display in conjunction with Holbeck Working Men’s Club on Tuesday 4 November.

Beeston Parish Centre are hosting a barn dance on Saturday 27 September under the banner ‘Communities together for Harvest’. Dance to a live band, plus pie & peas and a bar – sounds good to us!

And finally, have you vver wondered about Stank Hall’s unsavoury name? The Friends of Stank Hall Barn have discovered that in earlier times it meant pool, lake or pond. In the 1800s the Leeds Mercury said: “The stank was never near the highroad but near where the highway now is (Dewsbury Rd) …. I now go in for the stank or pool of water, very probably also having some connection with the old corn mill at Millshaw and for its being well stocked with fish and the abode of plenty of waterfowl; that it was a beautiful sheet of water, skirted in one part of it by Middleton Wood.”