South Leeds Roundup: Turtles, travellers and tags

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

Turtles sweetsWe start this week with Beeston blogger Mike Wallis who’s written about making turtles over on his Backwards Lion blog. If you’ve a sweet tooth you might be interested in this recipe for Canadian pecan and caramel sweets.

Another Beeston blogger and runner, Ewan Mitchell has won a ‘super snood’ amongst other running goodies in a competition.

Middleton Park’s Cllr Judith Blake has written about tonight’s (Thursday 29 January) awards ceremony over on the Child Friendly Leeds blog. We’ll bring you a full report as three South Leeds organisations are shortlisted for an award.

If you’re following the child sex abuse inquiry you should keep an eye on John Cockburn’s What Can I Do About It? blog. This week he relates allegations that are surfacing about Leon Brittan.

Staff at Health For All have joined the Change fir Life ‘Swapathon’. They are learning to swap high sugar foods for more healthy options and you can too.

Volunteer Officer Louise Gibson has written about learning how to lay a hedge at Skelton Grange Environment Centre. If that inspires you, why not apply for one of the current vacancies there.

Middleton’s Friends of New Forest Village have posted the minutes of their last meeting. You can also keep up to date with them on Facebook.

Stewart Robinson of International Fun Fairs who will be speaking about the Valentine Fair at Elland Road at next week’s Beeston Community Forum (Thursday 5 February).

The Beeston Neighbourhood Plan moves forward and there will be an inaugural meeting of the Beeston (not to be confused with the Community Forum) on Tuesday 17 February. The Neighbourhood Forum will guide the shaping of the plan.

Young people can get a free cycle check up and maintenance thanks to The Works Skateboard Charity. The sessions take place every Saturday morning at South Leeds Youth Hub.

Undaunted by today’s snow, Middleton Elderly Aid have posted some cracking video of their over 60s dance class.

In the week of Holocaust Memorial Day, Leeds GATE republish a letter reminding us that many Gypsies and Roma suffered a similar fate to the Jews (and gays, trade unionists, etc) at the hands of the Nazis. There’s also a thoughtful blog from Helen Jones about Eric Pickles anti-Traveller policies and price we will all pay for them.

And finally, Middleton Railway may be closed to the public for winter maintenance but there’s plenty going on behind the scenes. Locos are being moved, lent out and renovated. The summer timetable has also been published for those of you who like to plan ahead. Unfortunately they’ve also suffered some graffiti vandalism and are asking if you recognise the perpetrators ‘tags’.