South Leeds Roundup: Hunsbeck, Harold and The High Line


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

South Leeds seems to be closing down for Christmas, at least online, so not much to report this week, but we do have a few items…

Photo credit: Wikipedia
Photo credit: Wikipedia

First up, in case you missed it, film actor Peter O’Toole has died. O’Toole was raised in Holbeck and Hunslet, or Hunsbeck as he referred to it. He attended a school on David Street, off Water Lane in Holbeck. The Yorkshire Evening Post have this obituary whilst the Hunslet Club tweeted that he’d helped them in the past and never forgot his roots.

Café Me’n’u in Beeston is offering Christmas dinner to lonely and isolated people, but you need to book and leave a £5 deposit. They also report the sad news that Harold, the war veteran that had £600 stolen from him has died. The collection that the café has been organising will now towards his funeral.

You might remember we reported on Lucy Potter’s blogging from New York in the summer. This week she gave a presentation about the High Line – a park on an old railway viaduct in New York to the Holbeck Neighbourhood Forum. You can see a collection of photos of both Holbeck Viaduct and the High line on her blog LucyLines.

Real Ale seems to be going down very well at Holbeck Working Men’s Club, with the latest barrel, the appropriately named Christmas Cracker, selling out in 24 hours. The Club has a full programme over Christmas and New Year and you can find details of their opening times on their page.

And finally, as well as art, our newest art gallery The Tetley is offering a programme of interesting talks. Beeston resident Jane Tate will be talking about her work with the charity Homeworkers Worldwide at 6pm tonight (Wednesday 18 December).