South Leeds Roundup: Mechanical madness, a messy mile and a memory café

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 with a treat for old diesel engine aficionados. Down at Middleton Railway next weekend (17 & 18 September) they are hosting their Mechanical Madness Diesel Gala with extra services, workshop tours and the Balm Road branch will be open too.

Middleton Diesel loco

Following the Olympics, Saturday 27 August was declared the Team GB biggest sports day. Cross Flatts Parkrun joined in with fun and South Leeds Lakers made this inspirational video.

If you’re involved in a community group locally, odds are you will have Malcolm Hall over the last year. He’s been on secondment with Business In The Community helping link businesses and charities together. He’s posted some reflections on his Linkedin blog  which are well worth a read.

News from the Hamara Centre that they are recruiting for a teacher at their very successful supplementary school, also the date for the Centre’s AGM has been set for 29 September at 4pm.

You can find out all about activities at the South Leeds Youth Hub in Belle Isle on their new pages within the Breeze website.

Another new site is the St Luke’s CARES who have upgraded, they also have a special site if you want to donate furniture to one of their shops.

In rugby league news, The Hunslet Club’s first team are competing in the Rugby League Conference Challenge Trophy final in Manchester on 8 October. The club is, of course, organising transport for supporters. Before then on Sunday 18 September there’s a chance to run the Messy Mile to raise funds for the club’s arts programmes. Sounds fun.

More rugby news: Leeds Rhinos will be coming down to Warrior Park to take a training session with the Hunslet Warriors Ladies Team on Monday (12 September).

If you are looking to shape your neighbourhood there’s a meeting tomorrow, Thursday 8 September, about the Beeston Plan.

There’s a new initiative to beat food poverty as Belle Isle Family Centre launch their food boutique. The centre will get donated food from supermarkets and sell it on a pay-as-you-feel basis, either for cash or by volunteering your time.

A reminder that the next Cop Shop Memory Café will be on Wednesday 28 September at Elland Road Police HQ.

It’s harvest festival down at Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Stourton next Thursday (15 September). Activities will include fruit picking, apple pressing to make juice, hazelnut roasting and baking in our dragon oven.

Housing Leeds are organising estate walkabouts in Middleton giving you the chance to raise issues with staff in your neighbourhood.

There will be a plant sale outside Beeston Co-op on Saturday morning (10 September) organised by Beeston In Bloom.

And finally, news from Park Fisheries in Beeston that they came second in the YEP Chippy of the Year awards.