South Leeds Roundup: Lakers, lures and leaders

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

We start this week at the Leeds Half Marathon. New running group the South Leeds Lakers were well represented amongst those competitors as can be seen from the photo taken before the race start.

Lakers half marathon

Amongst those running Gavin Shoesmith was raising money for Adoption UK  and Hayley Swithenbank was raising money for St Gemma’s hospice. It’s not too late to donate, just follow the links to their Just Giving pages.

If you want to know what it’s like to run the half marathon, on an unexpectedly warm day, check out Ewan Mitchell’s report on Run Sancho Run.

It’s Family Weekend down at Middleton Railway on Saturday and Sunday (16/17 May). Attractions include colouring, painting and quiz competitions, live steam models, workshop tours, “animals intuition”, and the whole of our museum to enjoy.

The third amphibian survey at Skelton Grange Environment Centre is set be a Newt-iful evening. Join them tomorrow (Thursday 14 May) with a torch as they look round their five ponds.

Leeds Feast is part of the Leeds Indie Food Festival and takes place at The Tetley art gallery next weekend (22/23 May). Expect Yorkshire’s finest independent food and drink.

Principal Marc Doyle talks about how good teaching lures students into learning on his blog for The South Leeds Academy.

Are you looking for some after school activities in Beeston? Check out the Game Time on Thursday at Beeston Parish Centre. They are also hosting a Treasure Island themed Spring Fair on Saturday.

Have you lost your cycle from a shed in Beeston? The Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team has recovered a number of bikes and are trying to reunite them with their rightful owners. The Team are also organising a Holbeck Spring Clean Up, meeting at Slung Low Theatre on Bath Road on Saturday morning.

Cllr Judith Blake has become the first female Leader of Leeds City Council reports the Inner South Community Committee. They’ve also posted dates for Community Committee meetings for the forthcoming year as well as sharing information about events around the area.

Friends of Middleton Park are hosting an English Civil War event on Sunday which will include loud bangs! You might even see this reporter in period costume. A reminder that the public consultation closes on Friday (15 May).

It’s good to see silverware at Elland Road even if Leeds United aren’t involved. This week it was The Hunslet Club lifting the Leeds & District Cup. See the photos and a video of the winning penalty, plus the club’s new mascot Wylie.

And finally, a busy workday saw volunteers from McDonalds, Groundwork and Parks & Countryside helping Cottingley In Bloom tidy up the estate. Beds were weeded, plants planted and trees given mesh dog protection. Well done to all.