South Leeds Roundup: Model railways, minstrels and CSI Middleton

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 annual model railway exhibition which takes place this weekend (27/28 June) at Middleton Railway. As well as the models, the full size trains will be running as usual and adults can even become a ‘driver for a fiver’ this weekend.

Model railway

There’s a fascinating story of Italian prisoners of war held at Middleton Park during the second world war on the Middleton Life local history blog.

Children from Windmill Primary in Belle Isle and Low Road Primary in Hunslet had another great trip to an outdoor centre in Ilkley thanks to Jeremy Nolan from Glentrool Capital Partners according to The Business Daily.

There’s lots of news on the Health For All website including free computer skills courses in Hunslet and Cottingley, their Community Cabs for disabled residents and the Middleton Minstrels singing group.

Holbeck Elderly Aid have revamped their website and there’s even a film to watch which tells you about the many activities and services they run.

The Beeston Community Forum will be meeting next Thursday (2 July 2014). Speakers will be there from Morrison Construction and Yorkshire Water, who will deal with forthcoming construction works on behalf of Yorkshire Water. Asda and  HardHat Communications will be on hand to cover aspects of the new Asda store on Old Lane.

You may have seen that the Tetley brewery site in Hunslet is up for sale, but don’t worry – The Tetley gallery is not affected. By the way, did you know The Tetley gallery is not just about visual art. On the last Tuesday of every month there’s an unplugged music session featuring young musicians from 6pm.

The latest newsletter from the Inner South Community Policing Team is out.

There have been a few injuries at Hunslet Warriors rugby league club, but it’s good to know they look after their own. A fundraiser for Paul ‘Pecks’ Ward has now been extended to cover Liam Gale who broke his arm playing for the club. The event is on Saturday (27 June) after their game against York Acorn.

The first customers have been through the doors at the reopened Shine Nail Bar in Beeston. Prices at this social enterprise supporting young women are slashed to 50% until 4 July. What are you waiting for? h

Beeston’s Asha Neighbourhood Project have been out and about. As well as Beeston Festival, there was a trip to Bridlington and the volunteers attended a residential course at Northern College near Barnsley.

Don’t forget that the Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust are holding their gala at The Holbeck club on Saturday. Do go and support this great local charity that do so much for isolated older people in South Leeds.

Great post by Ellie on the Leeds GATE website about the difficulty of accessing health services. As she says, if providers get it right for Gypsy and Traveller people it will benefit all sorts of people.

When I was young I thought Giant Hogweed was an invention of prog-rockers Genesis. It turns out it’s real and growing along the river. The good residents at H2010 in Hunslet shared a warning about the nasty ‘burns’ you can get just from brushing against it. Be careful out there people.

There’s a special wildflower session at Skelton Grange Environment Centre on Friday (26 June). Collecting seed and making ‘seedbombs’ are on the agenda as well as a wildflower picnic.

And finally, CSI Middleton anyone? Pupils at Middleton St Mary’s Primary School used science to figure out who had tampered with a doughnut.