South Leeds Roundup: The viaduct, OLIVe and asthma


Here’s your regular roundup of what’s making South Leeds tick on other websites, blogs and across Facebook. Sorry, no alliteration in the headline, but some interesting stories.

The Second Breath is a different sort of travelling circus that will be making its way through Holbeck on Saturday (10 May 2014), we found details on the Holbeck Highline’s Facebook Page and that’s enough of an excuse for us to show you their new ‘group photo’.

Holbeck Highline viaduct

Also on Saturday, you can ride in OLIVe (Overhead Line Inspection Vehicle) at Middleton Railway. Click on ‘Special Events’ to get the full details.

We were sad to hear that the Leeds Guardian has stopped, or at least paused. Its coverage of all things ‘civic’ – the Council, transport, health etc was definitely filling a gap in the city. Friend of South Leeds Life, John Baron, explains how life got in the way of keeping the blog going.

The Yorkshire Post reported this week that the Ruth Gorse Academy has passed another hurdle in Whitehall with ministers signing off the funding agreement allowing the Hunslet school to open in September.

The Hamara Centre in Beeston is looking for young Muslims (18-25) to become Youth Ambassadors in the city. Successful applicants will attend a residential training weekend before starting their duties.

West Yorkshire Police have updated their website and you now find the Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team, which as taken over from the Holbeck and Rothwell NPTs. The page has details of the Team’s priorities, contacts and news.

Lot’s of people were enjoying the bluebells in Middleton Park last weekend. This Sunday sees an English Civil War day in the park, with lots of dressing up promised.

Free sessions at Leeds pools and sports centres continue and Leeds Let’s Get Active has published a new timetable to help you find your free session.

You’ll have to be quick to catch the final amphibian survey at Skelton Grange Environment Centre. It’s tonight (Wednesday 7 May 2014), but if you miss it watch out for other activities such as skills for growing food in small spaces and a wire sculpture workshop.

Everything you need to know about the Hunslet Club is on their Facebook page, including boxercise, zumba and their forthcoming Half Term Activity Camp.

Westwood Community Association have details of two estate walkabouts on Thursday 8 May and Tuesday 13 May. Both meet at the Plantation pub at 10am.

The battle of the bins on Cottingley continues, but its good to see the Council’s bin service is working with the Cottingley Hall TRAC residents group.

And finally, yesterday (Tuesday 6 May 2014) was World Asthma Day and over on the Better Lives For People in Leeds blog they published an interesting article about how your GP practice nurse can help you manage your asthma.