South Leeds Roundup: Memories, Minibuses and Mountain Rescue

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 reminiscing about Beeston. If you live or grew up in Beeston, you need to join the Memories of Beeston, Leeds Facebook Group. From there we reproduce a photo from Rowland Road Primary School taken in the mid 1960s and posted by Paul Barnett. Are you in it?

Rowland Road school 1960s

Beeston-based mental health charity Touchstone has been placed 19th best employer by Stonewall in their best places to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-sexual people. Touchstone’s Chief Executive, Alison Lowe was named Senior Leader of the Year.

South Leeds blogger John Cockburn has been following the child sex abuse scandal(s) and was down in London last week for a meeting of the White Flowers Campaign Group. Do read his report and about his meeting with Hilary Benn MP, on his blog What Can I Do About It?

Speaking of Hilary Benn MP, he reminds us that 27 January marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked by many schools, faith groups and others across South Leeds.

The Yorkshire Evening Post, which has had a revamp this week, reports on Stank Hall Barn and the news that the Friends have agreed a license with Leeds City Council and will be pressing ahead with their community garden project. By the way if you have any spare paving slabs, the Friends are collecting!

Meanwhile Leeds Young Archaeologists Club visited the Barn on Saturday for a tour and a shift through the spoil heap.

Our friends at SLATE who run the Feel Good Furniture Shop and the Feel Good Café have launched a new website with all their latest news. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter @slateleeds.

Health For All has posted several items of news this week. They have been awarded the Investors In People bronze award; as reported on South Leeds Life, the Belle Isle Family Centre has been shortlisted for a Child Friendly Leeds Award; students from Leeds College of Art will be working with many of their groups; and their community transport team has donated a minibus to the Sangam Forum, which supports South Asian elders.

On the subject of minibuses, did you know that The Garden Gate in Hunslet, a partner of Hunslet Hawks, run a minibus service on match days so you can enjoy a pint and not miss kick off!

The latest newsletter has been published by Holbeck Elderly Aid with details of all their activities, services and trips.

Another newsletter published this week is from the South Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team including our own Inner South team. The newsletter includes reports on tackling anti-social behaviour in Middleton as well as advice on winter driving and protecting your shed.

The Inner South Community Committee is meeting again on 11 February at 5:30pm. Cllr Angela Gabriel has recorded a video invitation for you to join the discussion about work and skills and especially helping over-50s find jobs.

Fencing has put up by The Hunslet Club around the rugby pitch opposite the Gardener’s Arms pub, but some scroat(s) has been damaging the panels. There are photos on their Facebook page with the warning that they have installed surveillance. What a shame that people can’t respect the work of the club. On a happier note they also have news of a Ladies Night at the end of February.

Belle Isle & Middleton in Bloom have held their first meeting of the year. They will be planting hedging and small trees on Low Grange Crescent on Thursday 29 January, meet at BITMO at 10am.

And finally, whilst this isn’t really a South Leeds story, it is the most moving thing we’ve read this week. Lyndon Marquis, who wrote this about a serious fall he had whilst scrambling in the Lake District, has many Twitter friends in South Leeds including Ewan Mitchell who raised £1,250 for Keswick Mountain Rescue at last years Abbey Dash 10k.