South Leeds Roundup: Sunrises, Samaritans and Section 106

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 in Middleton where it’s been a mixed week. The Friends of Middleton Park have posted about beautiful sunrises, graphitised information boards and a successful prosecution for illegal motorbike riding. Plus advance notice of their Apple Day event on 23 October.


Another quad bike has been seized in Middleton reports the Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team. They’ve also been working on illegal vehicles in Hunslet. Keep up the good work.

Kate and Hannah are back from Zambia and have written about their experience on The Shine Project blog. Following on they are encouraging readers to post about three things they are grateful for with the hashtag #grateful3.

Local history buffs might be interested in a guided walk on Monday (10 October) tracing the history of theatre in Leeds. The first permanent theatre opened in 1771 on Hunslet Lane. Details on the Secret Library blog.

It’s going to be Model Mania down at Middleton Railway this weekend (8 & 9 October). There will be a wide variety of models on display, plus a full steam service.

Holbeck Elderly Aid has launched a telephone help line for older people in the area who need someone to speak to in confidence.

Section 106 sounds very dry, but it’s the money developers have to spend in the local community when they put up a new building. Beeston Community Forum will be discussing how recent s106 funding has been spent in the area at their meeting on Thursday (6 October).

Can you help? South Leeds Live At Home Scheme are looking for a volunteer to keep their website up to date with all the fabulous activities their members get up to, such as their walking group’s trip to Kippax.

Tenants of Leeds Federated Housing Association may be interested to watch stories illustrating the annual report in video form.

Get your diaries out, The Hunslet Club have announced their Halloween party and Fireworks display dates.

In past years it’s been called Leeds2Iraq, it’s now the Samara’s Aid Appeal but it’s still based around St Luke’s Church in Holbeck. The appeal has finished this year and they report that they’ve packed 2 tons of donations into lorries headed for refugee camps in Syria and Iraq.

If you wonder how maths and English are taught in primary schools these days do check out Cottingley Primary Academy’s Twitter feed. It’s been a real education this week!

And finally, a new good Samaritan service is starting over on the Save Our Beeston Facebook group. They will be pairing up people in need with willing volunteer helpers.