South Leeds Roundup: pigs, parks and picnics


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

pigsBeeston food blogger Ewan Mitchell has been busy. On his Everything But The Oink blog he reports that his pig, “Breakfast”, is a bit of a bad boy who has taken the term free range a little too literally. Meanwhile on his other blog Further Adventures of Dad we hear about his Daddy Daycare long weekend, including a tantrum at the swimming baths (sounds familiar).

It was Yorkshire In Bloom judging last Friday. You can read about Beeston In Bloom’s last minute preparations on their blog Blooming Beeston. That sounds like they left everything to the last minute – of course they’ve worked hard all year. We look forward to hearing what they’ve won.

There is news on the Groundwork Leeds website of an event they’re organising for Love Parks Week – a family picnic in Cross Flatts Park next Thursday (1st August). They are promising games and a free prize draw.

After the picnic you might care to walk down to the bottom of the park to see the Urban Pollinators project test site. A post on their blog this week has photos to help you identify the perennial plants in the crescent of of un-mown grass.

The poet Tony Harrison visited Holbeck Cemetery where his parents are buried and met some of the Friends Group. You can read Ken Burton’s account of the day on their blog.

The Culture Vulture blog featured a report on Deli-licious at The Greenhouse. Two reporters were dispatched south of the river and were very impressed with young chef Bradley and his food. So we’ll forgive them their description of Beeston as “a place not renowned for its culture”, the cheek of it!

If you’re packing for your holiday you might want to look at Leeds Reads, the Leeds Libraries’ blog. They have a suggestions for your summer reading and of course if you borrow the books rather than buy them you’ll have more to spend on your holiday! If you prefer e-books you can borrow them from the library too.

If your children are into rugby you should check out the Hunslet Hawks website. The club are running very reasonably priced summer camps, but hurry as places are being snapped up.

Cross Flatts Parkrun have posted a request for help on their Facebook page. They need people to help steward the regular Saturday morning event over the summer.

And finally, are you a stitching, knitting, crafting person? SLATE are considering setting up a crafting evening at their Feel Good Café at Hillside in Beeston. You can respond via their Facebook page.