South Leeds Roundup: Water, Witness and wasps’ nests


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

Slung Low Leeds DockWe start this week with intriguing photos of Slung Low preparing for their water-borne version of Moby Dick to be performed at (on? in?) Leeds Dock next month. Tickets for The White Whale are free, or why not volunteer to help the front-of-house team?

Also getting its feet wet is the new south entrance to the rail station. The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that work is progressing well with foundations being sunk into the river bed.

Following last week’s mention of hidden gems, the Friends of Holbeck Cemetery have posted on their blog about making the UK top 50 and the power of blogging that helped them get there.

Speaking of hidden gems, all of us here at South Leeds Towers are mightily pleased to see that the Garden Gate pub in Hunslet has reopened following a very long period of redecoration. We spotted the following tweet on Monday: “Please spread the word that Leeds’ best pub is back open for good!”

Sticking with Twitter, The South Leeds Academy PE Department has joined and asked for sponsors for their school team kits.

Ever wondered how lifting weights, specifically the deadlift, is like child’s play? No me neither, but Debs Davies explains in the latest instalment on her Rosetinted blog.

Middleton Park featured on a national media website this week. Alan Shaw from the Friends of Middleton Park answered the call from Guardian Witness for photos of your local park. Excellent.

Ever thought of becoming a Special Constable with the Police? Nicola Hoyte from the Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team has written about her experiences. Meanwhile a post on their Facebook page about a hapless burglar who disturbed a wasps’ nest has gone viral with 1791 ‘likes’ and 304 ‘shares’, even the Yorkshire Evening Post picked up on it.

‘Report It!’ is a campaign to encourage people to report incidents of anti-Muslim hate crime. It is being run by the Building Bridges campaign run by the Hamara Centre in Beeston.

You’ll recall that the Inner South Area Committee has changed its name to Inner South Community Committee. They remind us that their next meeting is on 3 September at 6pm at Elland Road police station. We noticed a Tweet from Councillor Ogilvie that they are planning a workshop at the meeting to involve residents in improving the local environment. They’ve also posted a link on Facebook to a film made at June’s volunteer celebration event at the Civic Hall.  You can also follow the Committee on Twitter @LCC_InnerS_CC.

Do you know a budding artist? asks the Hunslet Club as they prepare for an under 18s Open Mic Night in October.

Beeston Parish Centre has a new Zumba class starting this Saturday at 10am. The class is run by Hannah who some of you will know from Middleton.

£600 was raised at South Leeds Live At Home’s summer fayre last Saturday. Their newsletter is just published too, I’m sure it will be available to download shortly (hint, hint).

The world-beating Leeds Dynamite cheerleaders will be bag packing at Asda Middleton this Saturday, please support them if you shop there. Their try-out day for next year’s squads is Saturday 30 August.

And finally, Housing Leeds reports that the Kaiser Chiefs were on hand to welcome Keepmoat to Old Chapel Studios in Holbeck to install a disabled access ramp. Keepmoat are currently delivering the housing regeneration scheme in the area.