South Leeds Roundup: Planting, parents and player escorts

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

3,000 bulbs were planted today (18 March) thanks to Friends of New Forest Village with support from the Council, Asda and Barratts.

NFV bulb planting

Sc4L, the consortium that is building and refurbishing council houses in Beeston Hill & Holbeck, report on hitting two landmarks for the project. They’ve built (and let) their 50th house and refurbished their 500th home.

The Council’s Executive Board has agreed to bid for Leeds to be European Capital of Culture today. The Leeds Citizen provides a handy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) guide to the council report. Sounds dull? Well just bidding will cost the city half a million pounds, so it is important.

The Falcolner’s Rest pub in Middleton has added two donkeys to its beer garden, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Great news on the SLATE website, that after clocking up over 10,000 hours as a volunteer, Barry has been taken on as a driver’s mate on their second van. Well done Barry!

Last week The South Leeds Academy welcomed Siyanda, an art teacher from Durban in South Africa. He worked with various groups including Park View Primary Academy. Meanwhile Principal Marc Doyle has blogged about creating better links with parents and the community. He’s keen to show off the school to visitors – why not book an appointment?

The craft fair at Beeston Parish Centre was a huge success, we expect more in the future.

Leeds Dock report that Google (yes, that Google) has opened a ‘garage’ in South Leeds where small businesses can get a ‘digital tune up’. The dock is hosting an Easter Market on 4 April.

Leeds’ community TV channel MADE in Leeds went down to Skelton Grange Environment Centre to report on their Spring Woodland Festival last week. You can see the footage on Skelton Grange’s Facebook page.

On the subject of video, Cross Flatts Parkrun shared a film made by The Girl Can – the campaign to encourage more girls and women to take up sports activities.

There’s a new free exercise class starting at Cottingley Primary Academy on Wednesdays thanks to Leeds Let’s Get Active.

Something missing from our match report was that pupils from St Anthony’s in Beeston acted as player escorts when Hunslet Hawks took on (and beat) Doncaster on Sunday. For more of these community stories, like the Hunslet Rugby Foundation on Facebook.

It’s good to see that the Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team have been seizing nuisance motorbikes, as well as ‘standing together’ against hate crime.

And finally, we reported a while ago that the Shine Project, which works with vulnerable young women, was to open a nail bar. It’s moving closer and you can see photos of the shop unit on Beeston Road.