South Leeds Roundup: Maypoles, motivation and memories

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 down at Skelton Grange Environment Centre where they’ve been reviving the ancient folk tradition of Maypole dancing. May Day means different things to different people, before it was International workers Day it was a celebration of spring and fertility. They are also recruiting Volunteer Officers. Past volunteers have gone on to careers in outdoor and environmental work.

Skelton Maypole

Did you know there’s a gardening completion in Belle Isle. Organised by BITMO who manages the council housing in the area, the completion has five categories including best improvement sponsored by Belle Isle & Middleton in Bloom. You’ve got until judging day on 10 July, so get gardening!

A reminder that Beeston Community Forum has moved its meeting from the first Thursday to 14 May because of the election. We’ll be there next week talking about South Leeds Life.

Alternatively, on the same night (14 May) you can head to Bus Vale and support Hunslet Warriors RLFC under 18s as they take on Stanningley in the final of the Leeds Foundation final.

Beeston based blogger Debs Davies has written about laziness and motivation on her excellent Rosietints blog. It’s something to do with food and sex, but unfortunately we couldn’t be bothered to read it all.

Sameer, a Year 9 student at The South Leeds Academy, has blogged about what’s been going on at the school recently. He talks about the new coaching groups where students from different year groups support each others’ learning, as well as what the teachers’ fancy dress for World Book Day.

The rugby league family has rallied round following the tragic death of Danny Jones at the weekend. The players and staff at Hunslet Hawks have raised £1,500 for the family. If you want to donate you should go to the Just Giving page.

Who says young voters are apathetic? The Shine Project hosted a lively debate this week amongst its users. Plus don’t forget the opening offer at the Shine Nail Bar, the project’s social enterprise.

Things are moving down at Stank Hall Barn, near the White Rose Centre. They have taken a delivery of plants, water butts and pallets (which they will turn into raised beds). They are holding work days most weekends and have planned a series of open days when you will also be able to see inside the barn, the first one is on Saturday 23 May.

Yoga is the latest activity to be added at Cottingley Community Centre. Classes start next Thursday (14 May), this week the centre will be a polling station for the election!

They’ve been painting boxes and bird houses at the weekly Beeston Craft Café.

There’s a great photo slideshow of the very successful running group South Leeds Lakers. The soundtrack? ‘Roadrunner’ of course!

The Hunslet Rugby Foundation is restarting its informal sports sessions in Cross Flatts Park. Organised with Aspiring Communities and West Yorkshire Police the sessions run Mondays from 5:30pm and are aimed at 11-16 boys and girls.

And finally, Middleton Life local history group have announced that they are having another exhibition at Middleton Library in June, displaying photos, articles and memories. They also have their AGM on next Wednesday (13 May) at 10am in the Middleton Community Centre.