South Leeds Roundup: Rio, Radio and Railways


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

Rio Carnival
Carnival in Rio. Photo: Lucy Potter

You may recall Lucy Potter’s posts from her visit to New York. She’s now on the second leg of her study, visiting Rio de Janeiro (I know). You can follow her travels on her Lucylines blog. She’s already posted great photos of Sugarloaf Mountain and carnival.

You wait three months and three come along together, it’s a bit like buses with Ewan Mitchell’s food blog Tonight’s Menu. In his latest piece he reflects on his decision to give up supermarkets during Lent.

Like many of us, John Cockburn is worried about the information that the CIA and GCHQ are gathering about us. He wrote to his (our) MP about it and has published Hilary Benn’s response on his What Can I Do About It? blog.

The Duke of York was busy in South Leeds on Tuesday, visiting Leeds College of Building in Stourton and opening the new Leeds City College Printworks campus on Hunslet Road. You can find videos from his visits and hear him talking about the importance of apprenticeships here and here on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.

The Yorkshire Evening Post also reported that children from Beeston and Middleton Primary Schools visits the station to learn about rail safety, helped by a couple of Leeds United Players.

With tongue firmly in cheek, The Leeds Guardian asks if we need a new name for that area of Hunslet and Holbeck near the river where the proposed new HS2 station will be built. ‘Leeds International’ anyone?

Sticking with railways, they’ve been busy down at Middleton Railway with track repairs and servicing the locos. They are getting steam up for the new timetable which starts on Saturday 29 March.

Interested in learning about radio production? South Leeds Community Radio are advertising a new five week course on their blog.

There is an update on the new housing at Brown Lane East over on the Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan website, plus a contact for job and training opportunities.

The Police off road bikers team have been blogging about what they’ve been up to during February in Belle Isle, Middleton, Holbeck and Beeston. It’s on the Rothwell Community Policing Team’s page of the West Yorkshire Police website.

BITMO’s GATE have published their activities timetable for March. Highlights include a new financial advice session starting on Tuesday morning and their Big Spring Clean table top sale on Saturday 5 April.

As usual, there’s loads going on at The Hunslet Club. As well as boxercise, gymnastics and zumba, Hunslet’s Got Talent is coming up – get your entries in by 15 March.

And finally news from Hawkshire. The new season started well for Hunslet Hawks who beat Hemel Stags 28-0. As always there’s a match report on their website. Their first home match is on Sunday against the York City Knights.