South Leeds Roundup: Soldiers, Sport and Santa Specials

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

Holbeck cemetery war graveWe start this week at Holbeck Cemetery where they are keen to learn more about their war dead. From Sgt Edward Blackburn through to Pvt Walter Turton the Friends of Holbeck Cemetery want to track any relatives of soldiers who died during the World Wars and are remembered in the cemetery or at Holbeck Working Men’s Club where they will be holding a Remembrance service on Sunday 2 November.

There was a lot of scepticism about the Park and Ride scheme at Elland Road, but after a slow start in the summer, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that numbers using the scheme are picking up.

Beeston blogger Debs Davies is in the training doldrums on Rosietints. She reflects on how relentlessly positive sporting blogs are, whereas real people go through a lot of ordinary ups and down in their fitness and well-being.

On a similar theme, Ewan Mitchell, another Beeston-ite, reports on restarting his running regime from scratch following a knee injury. You can read the details on Run Sancho Run.

There are several new posts on the Hamara Centre website. They report on a successful event held during the recent Hate Crime Week; announce a Community Safety Event on 5 November; and they are recruiting for a Health Improvement worker.

Christmas will soon be upon us and that means Middleton Railway’s Santa Specials. The services start on Saturday 6 December and run right up to Christmas Eve, every child gets a present as well as a ride on the train. Book your tickets now!

The Beeston Neighbourhood Plan consultation will close on 31 October, so if you haven’t filled in the questionnaire yet, hurry over to their website.

There are strange goings on down in Stourton, where a shady corporation is carrying out virology experiments. Could it be anything to do with Skelton Grange Environment Centre’s Halloween adventures?

Ian Noble has written about the start of rehearsals for the St Andrew’s Pantomime Group in Beeston. If you missed last week’s news, this year’s production is Puss In Boots.

There’s a campaign to stop people borrowing from illegal loan sharks in the run up to Christmas. It’s highlighted on the Inner South Community Committee Facebook page along with details of the Youth Activities Fund and a sports coaches conference coming up at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

And finally, as we’ve reported the Middleton Park Golf Course will be closing on 31 October. The club are organising ‘one last round’ teeing off from 9am and rounding off with fish & chips.