South Leeds Roundup: Turner, traveling and Leeds Music Trust


Here’s your regular roundup of what’s making South Leeds tick on other websites, blogs and across Facebook. It seems most people have been too busy enjoying the Easter break to post much the internet, so it’s a shorter roundup this week.

We start with the Friends of Stank Hall Barn who point out that as well as being St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s birthday, today is the painter JMW Turner’s birthday. So here is a painting he made of Leeds from Beeston Hill in 1816 courtesy of Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.


Speaking of St George’s Day, Café Me’n’u, the social enterprise on Cardinal Road, has been preparing for today judging by the photos.

With all of the revelations about GCHQ and the CIA reading our emails, local blogger John Cockburn decided to ask GCHQ what information they held on him. The Kafka-esque response includes the phrase “You should not assume from this response that GCHQ has or has not processed any personal data about you.” Red the full story on John’s blog What Can I Do About It?

Belle Isle Elderly Aid has re-launched its website. As one of the Neighbourhood Networks, they offer advice and information on health and well-being, safety and security, as well as practical help with winter warmth and social contact.

The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre have a few places left for a Family Bushcraft Adventure this weekend (26 April 2014).

Or do you fancy kayaking, climbing and zip wires? The Hunslet Club have a few spaces for their adventure trip to Wales in May (Year 6 upwards). They also have photos and video from their Fun Run-sie event.

For those of you following Amber’s Autism Awareness, Amber’s 7th birthday was celebrated in style with a charity quiz night, funds were raised for Leeds Autism Service and for a iPad to help children with special educational needs at Cottingley Primary Academy.

If you’re more into Peppa Pig, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam, mark 25 and 26 May in your diary. They will be part of the attraction at Boomerang Jam Kids Festival taking place outside The Tetley in Hunslet.

Travelling abroad this summer? Middleton Park FC have launched a great competition to see how far their influence extends. Just take a photo of yourself wearing the club logo in front of an iconic landmark – furthest from Middleton wins!

Whilst we’re on sports, let’s wish Hunslet Hawks the best of luck as they take on Wigan Warriors on Sunday in the Challenge Cup: “So We Shall Again!”

And finally if you’ve been wondering what goes on with the Leeds Music Trust down at Old Chapel Studios in Holbeck, they’ve made a handy video to explain.