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Issue 37 | February 2018

In this issue:

What’s happening in Beeston, Belle Isle, Cottingley, Holbeck, Hunslet, Middleton & Stourton

Welcome to our new park cafe

SAVE OUR ZUMBA!

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Lord Mayor visits Reach

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Start creating at the Skills Hub

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Women in Beeston fighting to keep their free fitness classes

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by Ed Carlisle

outh Leeds women are fighting to save a free community sports programme that many of them say has changed their lives. The project has been running at Hamara for 5 years, featuring Zumba and dance, yoga, aerobics, basketball, swimming, walking and more throughout the week. Nearly a thousand local women of all ages and backgrounds have participated, with the most popular classes regularly attracting 30 or 40 attendees. But it came to light this last month that the funding – part of the Sport England Olympic

legacy – was coming to an end at the end of January, and the programme was at serious risk of the axe. In response, some of the women hurriedly pulled together a petition, and quickly gathered over 100 signatories – following which, they and Hamara held a crisis meeting to find a way forward. Some of those fighting to save the programme have spoken out for it as follows. “It's unique, with such a massive range of people, the re's nothing else like it locally; it's been so positive for our health, both physical and mental” (Christine). “The classes have had a really positive impact on my life.

Normally, I rarely socialise – but they give me motivation to get out of the house, and I feel so good since starting to attend” (Zab).

“It's unique, with such a massive range of people. It's been so positive for our health, both physical and mental” “The sessions are priceless: they offer such a welcome break from the rest of life” (Tracey). And: “This programme is amazing. I feel a lot fitter since coming, and more confident.

The basketball especially has given me something positive to share with my teenage son” (Rohima). Proposals have now been announced to run a reduced programme for the time being, with participants paying £2 each per session to cover costs – whilst Hamara staff collaborate with a working group of the women to reshape and fundraise for the programme. Ash Malik, the CEO of Hamara, commented: “Our meeting with the women was very positive, it's a win-win for the community and for Hamara, and we're going forward together”. But one participant added:

“This has been a huge success for our community, and I can't understand how it came to this, why it was left to the last minute to try and save it. But we're passionate about it, we wanted to be heard, and we're totally willing to work to help save it. Some people say they're happy to pay the £2, but many of us have concerns: we don't have much spare money, so will have to cut down on coming. Let's see what happens.” For more info about the programme, including how to support it (for instance, via sponsorship) contact Hamara at hamara.org.uk or on 0113 277 3330.

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MP’s notebook I

by Hilary Benn MP

've been dealing with two problems recently where local residents have been on the receiving end of sharp business practice with distressing consequences. The first involves constituents who purchased leasehold properties from Miller Homes on their new development in Hunslet. The homeowners thought they would be able to buy the freehold for a reasonable sum in a couple of years. What they have found out, however, is that Miller Homes sold on their freeholds to another company which is now asking for payments they cannot afford. This is just one example of a national scandal in which there has been totally unscrupulous practice by companies who bought freeholds from developers and saw it as a licence to print money. The Government has now promised to legislate to stop this practice and we had a debate in Parliament in which I raised the Miller Homes case. The company has told me that they no longer sell homes leasehold, but what about

those who have already been caught out? One national housebuilder has set up a compensation scheme, but I think they all should. It's only fair and otherwise some people could find themselves trapped in a home that they cannot sell. The second is an extraordinary story about a block of flats on the riverside. It used to be a pleasant place to live until new owners bought it, gave notice to quit to all the tenants - bar one who had a long lease - and then started to rent out the flats as if they were hotel rooms to stag do's and hen parties. They didn't apply for planning permission because they wouldn't have got it. The residents have suffered noise nuisance into the early hours, music, yelling in the street, drunkenness and rubbish. They simply cannot believe how this can have happened in the quiet street in which they were living. Leeds City Council has now issued an enforcement notice to bring this nuisance to end, but the owners can appeal and this could drag it out further. I am supporting both groups in their campaigns, but these two cases really bring home what can

happen when firms engage in unethical behaviour. And the next time anyone tells you that we live in an over-regulated society, remind them of these two stories. Hilary Benn MP is Regulation there for a reason - to protect us from this kind of thing. An update on the Holbeck managed prostitution area. I continue to receive complaints from residents and local businesses. "It's out of control" as one businessman put it to me recently. I have always said that the scheme is only going to be credible with the public if everyone sticks to the rules. This is clearly not happening and people are getting fed up. So the time has come to have a rethink. We know there are no easy alternatives, but we should be thinking about what else can be done and I will be urging the Council and the Police now to do so.

Finally, a thank you. With all-out council elections coming up in May, three of our current south Leeds sitting councillors - Adam Ogilvie, David Congreve and Patrick Davey will not be seeking re-election. It has been a great privilege for me to serve alongside them for many years, not least because I have seen first-hand just how hard they have worked on behalf of the communities they represent. A lot of what they have achieved, working with others, can be seen around us and will stand as a testament to their efforts. So thank you Adam, David and Patrick for everything you have done. We really appreciate it and we wish you well for the future.

It’s all out for the Council elections T

he local elections are still three months away, but things are hotting up already with candidates being announced and campaigning starting. On Thursday 3 May 2018 we elect a new Leeds City Council. Due to boundary changes, all 99 seats on the Council will be up for election this year. That means each party can field up to three candidates per ward and we will each have three votes.

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Labour currently hold all nine seats in the three South Leeds wards of Beeston & Holbeck, City & Hunslet (now renamed Hunslet Riverside) and Middleton Park. South Leeds Life will take its usual approach of offering an equal platform to all candidates, once nominations close in early April. In the next two months its a bit more complicated, as all those who know they will

be standing as candidates do all they can to attract publicity. Sometimes it will be blatant electioneering, other times it will engaging in legitamate and important projects that you would expect us to report on. South Leeds Life strives to remain neutral and let our readers decide how they want to vote. We will do our best maintain that neutrality over the coming months, but please remember - we’re only human!

New cafe opens in Cross Flatts Park T

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he Bridge project, a service for people with learning disabilities, has opened a cafe at the Watsonian Pavilion in Cross Flatts Park. The cafe is open three days a week: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-2:30pm, serving tea and coffee, hot and cold sandwiches, snacks and light lunches. The Bridge, part of Health For All, is based at Holbeck Community Centre on Old Elland Road. The cafe is a new venture for them and aims to give their members experience of the work environment. It’s first week saw a lot of customers call in and some very positive comments. Cross Flatts Park has seen pathways relaid in recent weeks and the large platground is due to be refurbished and extended shortly. The addition of a cafe is another welcome addition to the park, which won a Platinum award at the 2017 Waiting to serve you: Philip Cummings and Daniel Barkley (back) RHS Yorkshire In Bloom awards with Zoe Barker and Sarah McBurney (front)


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Holbeck debates prostitution zone O

by Ed Carlisle

ver one hundred Holbeck residents gathered again on Tuesday 16 January with Council and Police officials, and others – for another heated community forum about the ‘Managed Zone’ (also known as the Managed Approach’). This controversial scheme permits on-street sex work in a designated non-residential area between Holbeck and the city centre – but its critics insist that it’s out of control, and many are calling for it to be scrapped. Since the last public meeting in October, residents and other stakeholders have been meeting with the authorities – via the ‘Save our Eyes’ group, and Leeds Citizens community organising network. Those local representatives spoke positively of their meetings, and paid credit to the commitment of the official bodies, and the changes starting to happen. There are now 7 day a week litter patrols, 4 police officers

dedicated to managing the scheme, a 24 hour phone hotline, new CCTV cameras in the zone, and a new full-time support worker working with the sex workers via the Basis Yorkshire charity. Furthermore, James Rogers (Director of Communities and Environment at the Council) insisted that numbers of onstreet sex workers in the city are falling, and that relationships with the women are better than ever – which increases the opportunities to support them, reduce antisocial behaviour, and perhaps enable them to leave the sex industry. “Progress is being made; we are listening; we want to develop the solutions with you” he said. And Chief Supt Paul Money once again insisted that trying to “enforce our way out of prostitution” simply didn’t work – and that budget cuts (£25m since 2010 for the Leeds police force) made that even less practical than ever. However – as before – anger

and strong criticism arose as questions were opened to the floor. Residents and business owners from across Holbeck and Beeston spoke of underdressed sex workers on their streets daily, regularly witnessing sex acts, drug- and sex-related waste, and of themselves (and even their children) being approached by curb-crawlers.

“When is it not our turn here in south Leeds for this kind of thing?” Questions were asked as to whether the scheme wasn’t actually driving up the trade, with sex workers coming in from across the region (a fact disputed by panel members), and punters too; why women were being supported to move into the area (“You wouldn’t house an alcholic in a pub – it doesn’t help them”); why there wasn’t more enforcement happening when the rules were being broken so blatantly; and

to quote one speaker: “When is it not our turn here in south Leeds for this kind of thing?” Some expressed sympathy for the sex workers – and Emma Flint for the Joanna Project insisted that the scheme was a compassionate response to prostitution, and that it was long-term work to break the cycles that the women were caught in. However, Ian Staines – a local business owner – insisted: “It’s ridiculous, you’re supporting the minority over the majority. This scheme is in complete and utter disarray.” Laura Walton, a local resident and business owner, commented: “You don’t understand: this is our lives. You put the Managed Zone into our community – then you come to the odd meeting here, but we have to live with it. If you haven’t got the resources to police it, you shouldn’t have put it here.” And Claire Bentley-Smith – local resident and one of ‘Save our Eyes’ coordinators – who

What’s happening to Middleton Park Surgery?

Middleton Park Surgery is located in the Middleton Community Health Centre

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atients at Middleton Park Surgery are likely to see some changes later in 2018, but South Leeds Life understands that it very unlikely that the surgery will close. Grange Medicare Limited, based in Hemsworth near Wakefield, has run Middleton Park Surgery for the last ten years. They have decided not to renew the contract, which also covers GP practices at Rothwell and Swillington.

The CCG have now started the procurement process to re-let the contract. The process is at an early stage, but market testing before Christmas showed that a number of providers would be interested in tendering for the contract, hence the CCG’s confidence. Patients at the surgery have been consulted about the range of services they receive, both the ones they value and services not currently provided that they would like to see. The results of this consultation will help shape the new contract.

Explaining that there would be no gap in service when the contract changes, a spokesperson for the CCG said: “Patients can continue to access services as normal and will be fully informed of any change to service provision that will take effect from 1 November. “The CCG will work with the current provider and their workforce to ensure a seamless handover of care takes place when a new provider is identified through the procurement process which is expected to be in late summer.”

A heated meeting at St Matthew’s Community Centre was on the event panel, concluded her speech as follows: “This time last year, many of us hadn’t even met, and so much has already been achieved to bring our community together. We want to protect ourselves, our families and our businesses – but we’re becoming aware of the complexities of how to help the exploited women at the depths of this horrible industry. I hope we can find a way to protect them and the residents of Holbeck and Beeston better

this year.” As the meeting ended, residents were encouraged to keep reporting any local issues. The dedicated Police hotline is 07534 309568; or for nonurgent issues, phone 101 or InnerSouth@ email westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. For waste and litter issues, contact the Council street cleansing team on (0113) 222 4406, or email sseaction@leeds.gov.uk. Or go via the volunteer-led ‘Save our Eyes’ group, who liaise closely with the Police and Council.


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Holbeck residents to vote on Plan R

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esidents in Holbeck will get the chance to take more control of how their area develops if they approve the Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan in a referendum on Thursday 1 March 2018. If approved by voters, the plan will become legal planning policy for the area. That means any new developments houses, offices, factories - will have to fit with the plan and a residents forum will be consulted on every planning application in the area. In March 2012 Holbeck became a frontrunner Neighbourhood Plan Area, based on the area having one of the highest levels of multiple deprivation in the city. Local volunteers were elected by the community through the Holbeck Neighbourhood Forum to steer the plan, seeking full community engagement and consultation with residents and businesses. The Plan has been approved by an indepent examiner and now it will be voted on.

Residents living in the Neighbourhood Area (see map) will be asked: “Do you want Leeds City Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Holbeck, to help determine planning applications in the Holbeck Neighbourhood Area?” A “yes” vote in the referendum will allow the people of Holbeck to have a positive input into future planning issues affecting the Holbeck area through to 2028. The plan sets out eight priorities covering jobs, housing, shopping, green space, transport, heritage, regeneration and community facilities. The full Plan is available to read online at www.holbeckneighbourhood plan.org.uk. Physical copies of the Plan are available to read (but not take away) at: St Matthew’s Community Centre; Holbeck Club (WMC); Ingram Road Primary School; Domestic Street Post Office; and Dewsbury Road Community Hub.

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hat about the problem of street prostitution in Holbeck? The Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan only covers planning issues, so cannot affect how sex work in the area is Policed or managed.

The ‘Managed Approach’ currently being persued by Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police (see page 3) is the controversial scheme that permits sex work within a designated area at certain times.

Whilst the Plan cannot directly tackle this issue, by promoting better design of new buildings and open space; better connections and a vibrant centre it can help make the area safer for residents.

VOTING Voting procedures are similar to those for Leeds City Council elections.

Who can vote? You must live in the Holbeck Neighbourhood Area (see over) and be on the Electoral Register to vote. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you’re not sure if you are already registered you can check by emailing: electors@leeds.gov.uk You must be over 18 and: a British citizen, or an EU citizen resident in the UK, or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK. You must register by 13 February. If you don’t have access to a computer, or need help, staff on the Information Bus can help you. The bus will be on Crosby Road on Wednesday 7 February from 10am-2:30pm.

When can I vote? Voting takes place on Thursday 1 March 2018 from 7am-10pm.

Where can I vote? There will be three Polling Stations at: Ingram Road Primary School, Ingram Gardens Community Centre andHoleck Working Men’s Club (Jenkinson Lawn). Your Poll Card will tell you which Polling Station to use.

Postal & Proxy votes

If you are already registered for a Postal Vote, or a Proxy Vote you will receive a Poll Card confirming this. You can apply for a Postal Vote from Leeds City Council. You must apply by 14 February. You can apply for a Proxy Vote - where you authorise someone else to vote on your behalf - from Leeds City Council. You must apply by 21 February. More information at: www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Elections


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Changes to waste charges T

wo changes to way residents are charged for getting rid of specific types of waste have been introduced by Leeds City Council. The City Council had to introduce a charge for the removal of bulky household waste such as furniture and big electrical items as, after Government funding cuts, it can no longer afford a free service.

Photo: Michael Coghlan via Creative Commons After representations from South Leeds councillors the Council has now waived the charge for residents who receive any sort of DSS benefit. The telephone number for everyone to ring is (0113) 222 4406, but if you receive a benefit then say so when you make the call. However, if the furniture is in good condition then St Jude’s Furniture Store based in Holbeck will collect free of charge from everyone and can be called on (0113) 245 0800. St Jude’s then distribute to people who are in need. There are also free collections by St Luke’s CARES with Furniture & White Goods Store, 250 Dewsbury Road (junction Tunstall Road), (0113) 400 1182 and South Leeds Alternative Trading Enterprise (SLATE) employs people with learning difficulties based at 1 Low Road, Hunslet (0113) 270 4005. They collect furniture and electrical goods, recondition them and sell them at knock down prices to local people. However, from Monday 5 February, people looking to dispose of certain types of household rubbish at their local waste sorting site in Leeds will need to pay a charge. The charge will only be made for items not considered to be regular household waste, such as rubble, plasterboard, soil and also tyres. Other waste can still be disposed of in the normal way, with the existing permit scheme remaining in place. The introduction of these charges was agreed in February 2017 as part of the council’s budget proposals for 2017/18, and will contribute toward the high costs of waste

disposal, helping other council services to be safeguarded. for local Unusually authorities, Leeds has not previously charged for these types of waste. Many councils across the country already charge, including a number of Leeds’ neighbouring authorities. Payments will be made at the sites by debit or credit card using a secure card payment machine. Examples of materials for which charges will apply are as follows: • Ceramics (e.g. toilet, cistern, bidet, sink, shower tray), Belfast-style sink, ceramic wall/floor tiles, earthenware drains and sewer pipes) • Rubble, hardcore and soil (e.g. slates and roof tiles, sand, gravel, pebbles and stones, soil and clay, cement, mortar and rendering, concrete, tarmac, breeze blocks and bricks, paving slabs) • Plasterboard and gypsumrelated products (e.g. plasterboard sheets, ceiling roses, bags of plaster, coving) • Tyres Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member for sustainability and environment said: “With further financial pressures on the council year on year, the decision to bring Leeds in line with other local authorities and start charging for non-standard household waste at our sorting sites means we will be able to continue to offer this service. “The council will make no profit whatsoever from the new charges. This will instead provide a reduction in our high waste disposal costs, and will enable other essential services to be protected.”

A guide to the scheme, including the pricing structure and further information, will be available in the guide to waste disposal charges. This can be found on the council’s website at www.leeds.gov.uk/recycling or at any of its household waste recycling sites. Winter opening times are now in operation at sites, including Holme Well Road, Middleton, which is open 7 days a week, 8am-4pm.

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Health cuts are hurting I

nner South Health Champion Councillor Paul Truswell has condemned the impact of Government cuts on local people’s health in a scathing speech to the Full Council on 10 January. Councillor Truswell, who represents the Middleton Park ward, highlighted three “shameful statistics” that he said demonstrated the effects of austerity policies in Leeds: • Infant mortality is rising • More people are taking their own lives • Women’s life expectancy is falling Councillor Truswell said: “Last year the Red Cross described the situation in health and social care as a humanitarian crisis. Why? Because this Government’s underfunding and cuts are unprecedented. “In his Autumn Budget the Chancellor allocated less than half of the £4 billion the NHS urgently needs. He did not allocate one extra penny piece

to social care. “Despite the national cuts of £4.6 billion to adult social care, Leeds can hold its head high: we’ve raised our net adult social care budget by £26.5 million.” Councillor Truswell said a study in the British Medical Journal in November suggested that Government austerity policies have caused 45,000 extra deaths since 2010. That figure could grow to 120,000 by 2020. Many of those deaths Cllr Paul Truswell were people reliant on social the Government had also care. One of the co-authors, slashed Leeds City Council’s Prof Laurence King of Public Health grant by £5 Cambridge University, called it million. Councillor Truswell said the “economic murder.” He later explained that could “casualty list” of austerity in amount to over 1,500 extra Leeds also included: • more people waiting deaths in Leeds, with many of times in those concentrated in hard- lengthening pressed communities like ambulances outside A&E • longer waits in A&E itself, South Leeds. In addition to NHS including on trolleys • increasing waiting times underfunding and massive cuts in Councils’ social care funding, for in-patient treatment

• the 62-day target for cancer treatment continually missed • over-occupancy of hospital beds well above recommended level “Theresa May claims the NHS has never been better prepared for winter,” said Councillor Truswell. “That “preparation” so-called entails cancelling routine operations in January. “The Government promised 5,000 more GPs; last year the number fell by 1,100,” he said. “Nurse recruitment in Leeds is down by 40%. “This underfunding of the NHS and cuts in social care can’t go on. Our health and social care system is at breaking point. It is held together solely by the dedication of its staff. We owe it to them and the people of Leeds to demand the Government tackles this crisis, or makes way for a Government that can.”

South Leeds on the shortlist for Child Friendly Awards S

outh Leeds is once again well represented amongst the shortlisted nominees for the 5th annual Child Friendly Leeds Awards. The winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony, which takes place on Thursday 1 February 2018 (after we go to print). The Shine Project has been nominated in the Communities and Schools Working Together category. Shine is part of St Luke’s CARES and works with girls and young women across South Leeds to help boost confidence and self esteem (and have fun). Last summer we reported on their visit to support a school in Zambia. Shine commented on Twitter: “Excited to announce we’ve been shortlisted for the Child Friendly Leeds Awards for our work in schools! We love the partnership and great relationship we have with Cockburn, Ruth Gorse and Cockburn John Charles as well as many local primary schools.” In the Best Place in Leeds for Children and Young People category, The Hunslet Club is on the shortlist. Readers of South Leeds Life will be familiar with the club’s activities running sports teams, dance and gymnastics, arts programmes, vocational training and much more backed by a small army of volunteer coaches. We’re claiming Errol Murray of Leeds Dads for South Leeds. He may not live here but the wonderful Leeds Dads project meets monthly at The Tetley on our patch, as we have previously reported. Errol has been nominated in the Adult Making a Difference for Young People category. In the Overall Contribution to Making Leeds a Child Friendly City the White Rose Shopping Centre Management Team has

Hannah Begum from Beeston (centre) is part of the Team Ten & Co organisers been shortlisted. Councillor Lisa Mulherin, executive member for children and families said: “We would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate for these awards. We were amazed by the sheer number and quality of nominations received and touched by the commitment and hard work shown by all those who have been nominated. “There are some fantastic people, places and organisations committed to making Leeds a better city for children and young people and it’s great that we are able to celebrate their work, through the Child Friendly Leeds Awards.” The prestigious awards ceremony is being organised by a group of ten young people who make up Team Ten & Co. The ceremony will be watched by an audience of nearly 400 people, including city leaders, VIPs and supporters.

Team Ten & Co have planned every detail, from the design of the trophies and decorations, to selecting the young performers from Leeds who will entertain guests on the night. They are also responsible for hosting guests on the night. Amongst the team is, former Leeds Children’s Mayor, 12 year old Hannah Begum from Beeston. Commenting on Team Ten & Co, she said: “Performing and hosting on the night was my main reason for signing up – I think I’m bubbly and confident which will help make the audience feel welcome. I am also really keen and passionate to develop my event management skills in the run up to the awards.” The awards are hosted by Leeds City Varieties and sponsored by AQL, Trinity Leeds, White Rose Shopping Centre, Victoria Leeds, Harvey Nichols, Marks & Spencer and First Direct Arena.


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Delivery Office move to Parkside? T

he campaign to stop the Royal Mail moving the Holbeck delivery office to Armley has taken a new twist with the trade union proposing an alternative move. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is due to meet Royal Mail bosses on Wednesday 30 January (after we go to print) for a final consultation meeting about Royal Mail’s plans to close the Holbeck office at New Princess Street. Under the proposals, the Holbeck office would merge with the city office which is located behind the Harley Davison dealership on Wellington Road, off the Armley Gyratory system in LS12. The union will be presenting a nine page document setting out the problems it foresees both for its members and for the public of LS11 attempting to collect letters and parcels from the office. These include issues of space and welfare facilities at

the city office, as well as problems of getting to and from the new site in terms of time, cost, safety and carbon footprint. The document also details opposition from local Councillors and Hilary Benn MP, who raised the issue in Parliament. The CWU has also suggested a counter proposal. Instead of merging Holbeck and City offices, it suggests merging the Holbeck and Hunslet delivery offices, which cover the LS11 and LS10 postcodes respectively. They suggest a merged office could be located on Parkside Lane industrial estate, off Dewsbury Road near the fire station. They suggest that a Parkside office would be more accessible for residents across all parts of LS10 and LS11 and it would be possible to ensure enough parking space for the public as well as staff and the

Staff and public join together to protest at Royal Mail plans to close Holbeck Delivery Office red van fleet. Currently both the New Princess Street office and the Hunslet office on West Grange Drive suffer from a lack of customer parking. One postal worker explained on Facebook: “Holbeck Delivery Staff

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Jackson Turner (St Luke’s CARES) with Jeremy Morton (South Leeds Life) South Leeds Life has partnered with St Luke’s CARES to support their new Community Awards grant scheme. Three groups will win a cash grant, but every group that enters will get some free publicity. We wanted to simplify the application process and make sure everyone is a winner. So all you have to do is write a short article about your group and EVERY application will be published online at southleedslife.com We’ve already published articles from groups including Together With Tots and Hunslet green Sports Club. In the next stage we will send a reporter to write an article about the shortlisted projects which will be published in the newspaper. Finally, customers at St Luke’s CARES’ Dewsbury Road shop will vote for the winners. So don’t leave it to the last moment, think how you could spend your grant and get writing your article now!

• Remember the 5 W’s (and 1 H): Who? Who are the people in the group? Who are you helping? What? What is the project? What will you do with the grant? Where? Where does you group work? When? When did the group start? When do your activities take place? Why? Why is your projects needed? How? How does your group help people? • Keep to the 500 word limit, but don’t worry if you can tell your story in fewer words. • Include a photo or two showing what your group does, or the issue you want to address. • Include your contact details (phone, email, or website addresses) so readers can contact you you if they want to join your group. • You can upload your article straight to the website or email it to: info@southleedslife.com • It’s often easier to write your article in a Word document and then cut and paste the finished article • The closing date is 28th February (5pm).

would prefer to keep the delivery office where it is but are open to the suggestion to move it to Parkside Lane. “But we are certainly opposed to closing Holbeck Delivery Office and moving its operations to City Delivery

Office as are City Delivery Office staff and the CWU and of course the Leeds 11 public.” Commenting on the CWU’s proposal, Cllr Angela Gabriel said: “As Councillors we would support this suggestion, but it needs scoping out and we

need make sure that Holbeck residents are not disadvantaged by this move. “We are arranging to meet with Royal Mail to express our opposition to their plan. It would be a shame to lose this service from Holbeck.”


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Achieving goals on the field and off with Pathway2Pro

Neil Ross with some of his current trainees

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x-Leeds United player Neil Ross is offering young people in South Leeds an opportunity to combine football training with educational qualifications. The Pathway2pro programme is designed for Year 11 leavers and includes full time football coaching alongside to chance to obtain a Level 3 Sports qualification as well as support with Maths and English. Neil, whose professional career also included Stockport County and Bristol Rovers as well as a spell in China, is a UEFA B qualified coach. He has been leading the football coaching at Middleton Leisure Centre, whilst colleague Jon Alan delivers the education programme at Manorfield Hall in Belle Isle. The first cohort of 19 students started in September and are now into their second term. Whilst currently all the students are young men, Neil is very keen to start a women’s programme if

there is demand. Jake Gibson told us how the programme had helped him: “It’s good, it’s helped me a lot. I used to be involved with criminals and living with my brother. Now I’m living with my Nan and I’ve caught up with my education. You can talk to these guys about anything, they’ve been really supportive. “I failed my Maths and English when I was at the PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) but now I’ve got the bug for education. Hopefully I’ll get scouted by a club, but if not I want to go to university.” Pathway 2 Pro are holding trials for September 2018’s intake during the February half term. On Tuesday 13 February there will be a football trial at Middleton Leisure Centre from 9:30am followed by an education presentation, which parents are required to attend, from 1pm at Manorfield Hall. You can find full details at wearescl.co.uk/pathway2pro or on Facebook

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unslet campaigners have called a public meeting on Tuesday 20 February - to discuss the controversial Park and Ride scheme pencilled in for Stourton. The proposed scheme will see a carpark with space for 1100 cars built on fields just off junction 7 of the M621, behind Hunslet Cemetery then 70+ buses will daily ferry people into the city centre along Low Road, which would be extensively altered. Champions of the scheme argue that it will reduce congestion, and therefore help reduce air pollution. There was a public consultation last year, but with the scheme yet to be approved - local resistance has continued to brew. This month's event is being jointly coordinated by Kenny Saunders - the chair of Hunslet Carr Residents Association and members of the local Hunslet and Riverside Green Party. Kenny commented: "There are better locations for a Park

Image of the proposed Park & Ride site at Stourton, view from the roundabout at the bottom of the M621 slip road. Hunslet Cemetery is to the top right. and Ride than this proposed be great, but this one makes for too long: we deserve site at Stourton. I think it's no sense - and it's of no better. especially inappropriate to benefit to local people. It will “We need a public meeting, have a Park & Ride bordering gobble up local green space, to get this idea out from onto Hunslet Cemetery. This cause years of disruption as behind closed doors - and for venture needs to be looked at they build it, reduce the our community to come again. Join us on the 20th to capacity of our roads, and together and speak with one find out more, and to see actually increase congestion. voice." what we can all do about it." “The council talk about clean The meeting will be held on Mary Spencer, a Hunslet air for the city, but once again Tuesday 20 February, from resident and one of the Green don’t care about our air. 7pm at the Parnaby Tavern on Party local candidates, Hunslet's been a dumping Middleton Road in Hunslet added: "Park and Rides can ground for Leeds City Council Carr, LS10 2AB. All welcome.

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he Hunslet branch of in2wrk has excelled at helping people back into work in 2017, according to the training provider. Last year a massive 70% of the learners that attended in2wrk gained employment or continued into Further Education within a few weeks of obtaining career changing qualifications at the centre on Sardinia Street, off Jack Lane. But company spokesman Jack Johnson wasn’t at all surprised that the Hunslet centre came out as one of the best for helping people return to work quickly. “For a while we’ve been developing a reputation in the local community for delivering adult training that improves people’s chances of finding work,” Jack explained. “People come to us for various reasons: some come looking to get work in construction, others come with an interest in retail, catering,

administrative and care jobs – we’ve been able to help them all with our Employment Pathway programme.” In addition to the English, maths and IT courses the adult training provider has been delivering for more than a decade, their Employment Pathway programme also allows committed learners to receive industry-specific qualifications which are proven to increase the chances of finding work in their sector of choice. “We’re very proud of the amount of people we helped upskill and find work last year, but we’re focused on the new challenge ahead in 2018,” Jack said. If you’d like to find out more about the adult training providers, and specifically the CV health check sessions they’re running, visit in2wrk.com/leeds, call (0113) 880 0626 or like them at facebook.com/in2wrkleeds.

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Another smashed car window eeston Hill has in the past weeks suffered a much-noted spike in car break-ins, affecting dozens of local households – and whilst residents are upset that little seems to have been done to tackle it, West Yorkshire Police are appealing for help to crack the crimes. The spate of these break-ins has centred around streets including the Woodviews, Westbournes, and Bromptons – at all times of day, but especially on an evening and early

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mornings. Cars have suffered broken windows, with contents (including phones, satnavs, bags, and wallets) stolen – although no cars have apparently themselves been taken. The increase in crimes started just before Christmas and has gathered pace: police stats point to 15-20 crimes per week, but our investigations suggest that as many as half the victims aren’t reporting them. Some households we spoke to have been hit more than once. Noreen, a local resident whose family

has suffered two break-ins into their cars in the past month, told us: “We and several of our neighbours have been hit – but the police are so rarely around, and didn’t even come around afterwards. The second time it happened, we didn’t report it – because what are the police going to do, and it’s not worth the hassle and extra insurance? “We’re all already struggling financially, so it’s not been easy. We feel threatened; what will happen next?” Neighbourhood Sergeant Stuart Saville for West Yorkshire Police commented: “The Neighbourhood Team are investigating, and would appeal to anyone who has any information to come forward. “Our advice is not to leave any valuables in your vehicle, and always lock your vehicle even if leaving it unattended for a short time. “We have increased our patrols in the area, and encourage residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.” Anyone with information should contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101, or by emailing innersouth@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously and in confidence on 0800 555 111. Reports from locals suggest that there is possibly just one lone individual behind many or all of these incidents, although this cannot be substantiated.


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by Jeremy Morton

outh Leeds Life understands that Leeds City Council is put the Stank Hall Barn site on the market. The site has a long history as does the Council’s handling of the important historic site, which lies just off Dewsbury Road across the valley from the White Rose Shopping Centre. The barn dates from the 15th century and the Halls are even older. The barn was refurbished by the Council in 1990, but left unused. It appears regularly on the Council’s list of Heritage At Risk in Leeds and attempts to sell the site to private developers have been made before, unsuccessfully. South Leeds Life held a public meeting in February 2013 in response to the theft of roof slates and from that meeting the Friends of Stank Hall Barn was established. The Friends group have held successful open days and established a community free grow garden as a short term use while they develop longer terms plans for the site. The Friends of Stank Hall Barn have issued the following statement in response to Leeds City Council’s latest move:

“Leeds City Council are once again offering the Stank Hall site with all buildings up for sale to developers, this has been done several times in the past. Most of the community are aware that the site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, with Stank Old Hall being the oldest property on the site built in 1280, and also that the buildings are listed by Historic England, this is one of the reasons that we have to grow the free food that we give away to the community in raised beds, since we are not permitted to dig in the ground. “This site was originally social housing in Old Hall and New Hall, but the properties have now been left unused by Leeds City Council for nearly three decades. The site is very important historically, Old Hall featuring one of the last non castle garderobes left in the UK, but most importantly we feel has potential for a good future as part of the local community. “Leeds City Council are aware that the Friends of Stank Hall wish to acquire the site for community puposes, and that we wish to turn the barn into a community centre, the courthouse (known as Major Greathead's Chapel) into small starter

Stank Hall Barn with Old Hall and New Hall behind business units for local people with great ideas who can't afford premises to get started, and we also with to return Old Hall and New Hall to use as affordable housing for the local community, We shall just have to wait and see how things proceed at this point. “As a Friends group we have the capacity to be able to access funding to put these plans into action and have

raised this with Leeds City Council several times over the last few years, but the sales plan has gone ahead again. “The Friends of Stank Hall do have concerns that, should the Stank Hall site be bought by developers, it may be left to deteriorate further, if the council don't put contingencies and enforcements in place to begin the necessary refurbishments straight

away with a deadline. We have been working with Historic England and supported by local councillors to try to ensure that the future of the oldest site in Leeds, and what should be the pride of South Leeds, can move forward to a better place.” The site is due to be marketed from Thursday 1 February. Details will be posted at: www.leeds.gov.uk/property and www.rightmove.co.uk.

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he Middletones are a social “I was inspired by Gareth group focussed on music and Malone in The Choir best in they are based, as you may have Britain” said Rachel Darton. “I had guessed, in Middleton. only sang in the shower previously, Funded by Awards for all and but the show inspired me to join GiveLoveLeeds and lead by a the group and I’m really glad I did, dedicated committee chaired by it’s good fun and I love it.” Allan Garden I joined the group for an “Everyone enjoys music and unaccompanied singing session even if you can’t play an and was impressed with the instrument, you can sing” explains Allan. “I firmly believe everyone can sing, so you don’t have to read music to sing with us and there are definitely no auditions.” The group’s main activity is singing, but they get up to much more than that. Last year they held specially themed evenings including Burns Night, Valentine’s, St Patrick’s The Middle-tones singing group day and Halloween, featuring food and fancy dress. sound we made as a group, They also organise trips to see building up simple phrases and professional shows such as harmonies. Jess Baker, a natural Fiddler On the Roof and Joseph voice practitioner, led the session and the Amazing Technicolor and explained that she rarely uses Dreamcoat. sheet music and often teaches “I find singing gives me a songs in foreign languages: positive mental attitude” said “It’s about the sounds and it’s Jackie Fearnsides. “Meeting the amazing how much you can learn others in the group is as important from just listening and repeating. as the music.” It’s using a different part of your

brain, which is good mental exercise!” she said. The Middle-Tones have just secured this year’s funding a grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards For All scheme and GiveLoveLeeds for their project Songs, Sights and Sounds (Expanding Horizons) and want to acknowledge the support and advice received from Pat McGeever and her staff at Tenants Hall. The group have further plans to expand their activities in 2018. The group’s regular meeting are every Monday night from 79pm at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre near the Medical Centre in Middleton. They are now adding fortnightly Thursday night sessions alternating unaccompanied singing with Salsa dance sessions (starting on 22 March). The Group have plans for walking football and other physical activities sessions to promote good health. The Middle Tones sessions can sometimes begin with healthy food- homemade soup in the winter, fresh fruit in the summer all designed to improve diets and well being.

Love music? So do we! • Singing • Theatre trips • Dancing Join us at our weekly sessions every Monday 7-9pm at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre (behind Middleton Medical Centre) Promoting health and well being through singing www.middletones.co.uk


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South Leeds secondary schools show positive progress in results by Jeremy Morton The leader of the Cockburn Multi Academies Trust (MAT) has commented on the secondary school performance league tables published by Ofsted, pointing out that four of the six Leeds schools performing ‘well above average’ are in the south of the city. Cockburn School is joined by Rodilian Academy, Morley Academy and Woodkirk Academy. Executive Headteacher David Gurney said: “I am extremely pleased with last summer’s examination results. Our students achieved excellent grades to prepare them for the next stage of their education

Cockburn: well above average for pupil progression which is testament to their the hard work of our determined resilience and everyone involved team of staff. felt very proud of this. “I am pleased to see that “Cockburn is one of the top six schools in South Leeds are doing well above average schools in well.” Leeds and it is a credit to the Schools are measured on their aspirations of our students and ‘Progress 8’ score, which

measures the progress pupils between starting make secondary school and taking their GCSEs in Year 11. The score is relative to the national average progress. The South Leeds Academy, in its last year as part of the Delta Trust recorded a score ‘below average’, but was not in the lowest category of ‘well below average’. The school is in the process of joining the Cockburn MAT and has been known as the Cockburn John Charles Academy since September 2017. Two other schools in Leeds 10 – The Ruth Gorse Academy and Leeds UTC, both in Hunslet - do not appear in the tables as their first intakes have not reached Year 11 yet.

Remembering World War II by Jacquie Padgett

On Thursday 4 January 2018, children, parents, carers and teachers at Hugh Gaitskell Primary School in Beeston took part in an exciting end of Autumn term showcase, where children’s work was highly celebrated and praised. We all stepped back in time to World War II Britain, dressing up as characters from that period in history. During the autumn term children in Years 5 and 6 were studying WWII and its impact on our present history. Children investigated the start of the war, the Dunkirk rescue, the Battle of Britain, the D-day landings and finally the end of the war, all from a child’s perspective.

Children found out what it would have been like to be an evacuee during World War II. They learned the reasons why evacuation happened and where children were sent to live. Also, they discovered what children had to pack and how they prepared for life as an evacuee. We all explored their experiences during their evacuation and their return. Pupils have gained a good understanding of how the rationing of food, the need to Dig for Victory and the directive to ‘make do and mend’ impacted on children and their families during the war. Apart from showcasing our history knowledge, children displayed their French language skills in a French Café, offering

thirsty and hungry customers brioche, pain au chocolat and du jus d’orange. Parents had a chance to look at their children’s art work produced with a use of charcoal and their extended pieces of writing. Our drama teacher Luke helped to organise a 15 minute performance, in which our talented children demonstrated their acting skills, pretending to be evacuees from London. Our showcase was a tremendous success with a fantastic attendance from parents and carers. Just to quote a few of them: Rhuksana Ali, Amani’s mum said, “I really enjoyed the splay, it was brilliant.” Filip Pieczarka’s mum,

Aleksandra, said, “Children looked great in their outfits. They, and their teachers, have put so much effort in this event!” Abdul Khan’s mum, Aksa, said “I enjoyed seeing children’s work that was displayed!” We really appreciate your continuous support.

Lord Mayor visits Reach Primary Learning Centre by Ali Elvidge The Lord Mayor of Leeds visited Reach Primary Learning Centre in Beeston on 17 January. Cllr Jane Dowson was there to support the learning the children had been doing about aspirations. They got to find out what the Lord Mayor does for our city, why she wears a special chain and how to become a Lord Mayor. They had previously had visits from a life guard, security worker, a vet, a make-up technician, a police officer, an ICT technician, a decorator and a chef. It was an enjoyable day and gave the children lots of great ideas about

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what they would like to do for a profession when they are older. Some of the children’s responses: Silas, “I would like to be an archaeologist as I’m interested in discovering artefacts from a long time ago.” Lily, “I would like to be an artist. I’m good at drawing.” Tyler, “I want to be a policeman or a professional rugby player.” Ebonnie, “I want to be a vet so that I can make animals better.” Reach Primary Learning Centre is a thirty five place provision for pupils aged between five and eleven years old who are at risk of exclusion or permanent exclusion from

Lord Mayor Cllr Jane Dowson with Silas Howarth and Tyler Bullers mainstream primary school. All The curriculum is personalised of the pupils referred have mild for every pupil and the staff work SEMH (Social, Emotional and hard to ensure all children enjoy Mental Health) needs. learning and make the best The Centre works closely with possible progress. pupils, their families, referring They aim to influence their schools and outside agencies to future decision making by identify the extra support that is encouraging them to make needed to help them achieve. positive choices.

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Our trip to London by Hollie, Tarrin and Zuzannan Pupils in Year 6 at Middleton St Mary’s Primary School had an exciting three day trip to London. Three of them have filed this report: We went inside the Houses of Parliament and met our MP Hilary Benn. We went to the Cambridge Theatre to watch Matilda. It was fantastic! Our first stop was Madame Tussauds. We saw lots of popular people made out of wax such as Rhianna, Donald Trump and lots more. We were amazed by the 4D avengers movie. After about an hour we headed to our hostel which was right next to St Paul’s Cathedral. It was very unusual to hear the chimes all through the night! Then we went to the Houses of Parliament. When we got in, we had our own private tour and met MP Hilary Benn. We asked lots of questions about what he’s going to do for our future and what things he is hoping to change in Leeds. We learnt lots about democracy and law making! We saw a real life debate - it was quite interesting, although we were shocked when I saw some MPs on their phones! After lunch, we left we went to the Imperial War Museum. When we got inside we were given a tour around some of the museum and also heard some true stories about a Lancashire bomber. It was amazing! When we went through the museum we saw lots off cool exhibits. We saw fighter jets, bombs, tanks and much more. We had had a fun and busy day, but it was about to get even better! It was time for our big night out … Matilda!! Matilda was a hilarious night full of giggles and laughter. We got a brilliant view. Whilst we were waiting for the show to

begin, we began to notice some words muddled up in the backdrop - it was so cool! We knew when the show started when the room went dark and silent and the stage lights lit up the room. Then a groovy song blasted out called ‘Miracle’. Ohhh how the show made us laugh… plus all of the adults were laughing too so it was suitable for all ages. As the show went on it got better and better. What an amazing day! As soon as our heads hit the pillow, we all were fast asleep in our rooms. On Friday morning, we all woke up tired but raring to go! Today’s visit was to the Science Museum. When we all got there, our jaws dropped with amazement. There was everything displayed: from inventions, to history elements, to art. We had never seen anything like it! At the end of our time at the museum we all wanted to see what was in the gift shops to find out what interesting things were there. After an exciting three days, we finally got onto the coach for the 6 hour journey home! Our parents were so pleased to see us after 3 days! We all missed home but we loved our visit to London. We will never forget it! Postscript. The school then received this message: “Last week I was at the theatre in London, sitting in front of a school party from St Mary’s. What a delightful group of children who were enjoying a visit which was taking in museums and parliament as well as Matilda. “They were so well behaved and a real credit to their school. What an undertaking for your staff. I admire their stamina as well as the way they had everything under control but in such a relaxed way. “I just thought you would like to know what great ambassadors they were and to congratulate you all.”

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Lunch at Gaucho New arrivals at Beeston Primary! by Cath Storey

On Thursday 28 December 2017 one hundred children and fourteen staff from both Low Road and Windmill Primary Schools were invited to Gaucho Restaurant in Leeds for a slap up lunch. This was in conjunction with Radio Aire‘s Cash for Kids/Mission Christmas who both schools have supported throughout the year. The children were chosen for the reward for a variety of reasons such as attendance, punctuality, behaviour, achievements and progress. It was a wonderful afternoon

whereby the children were treated like royalty by the lovely staff at Gaucho’s. A magician was also invited and he worked his way around every table showing the children some amazing magic tricks. The children were in awe! It was such a lovely memorable afternoon for all who attended and I cannot thank Gauchos enough for accommodating us and giving everybody, including the staff, a selection box and gift before we left. Massive thank you to all the school, Radio Aire and Gaucho staff who volunteered on this day. We couldn’t have done it without you. You did us proud!

Pupils from Low Road and Windmill enjoy a meal at Gaucho

Have a go heroes! by Jacquie Padgett

A Sherman tank at The Imperial War Museum

Questions to their MP - Hilary Benn

Pupils and staff from Year 6 at Middleton St Mary’s with Hilary Benn MP at the Houses of Parliament

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On Thursday 18 January I was lucky enough to be able to take a group of Year Six pupils from Hugh Gaitskell Primary School on a horse riding experience to Back Lane Stables in Farnley. First of all, the children had a tour of the stables and met some of the larger horses. Then it was time for them to partner up and meet the pony that had been allocated to them. As you can see from the photographs, the children led their own ponies to the arena and this was their first taste of success. After reaching the arena, one from each pair mounted the pony (with support from the amazing staff at the stables) and the other from the pair led the pony around. Everyone who attended learnt how to make their pony walk and stop and had a turn at trotting too. Only one of the children had ever ridden a horse before and, as you can imagine, many of them were very

Welcoming five guinea pigs to Beeston Primary School the guinea pigs. They will be feeding by Susan Knowles for them, providing water and cleaning the Last month, following a generous bedding area. donation from the Facebook community, Headteacher Nick Edensor said: Save our Beeston and Holbeck, the “The guinea pigs are an important children at Beeston Primary School were addition to our school. The children have excited to welcome five new additions to been so excited and cannot wait to start their school community. to take responsibility for their daily care. The five guinea pigs have been kindly Recent research has evidenced that donated by a responsible breeder, who looking after an animal can have a major has previous experience in placing well- influence on a child’s development, socialised guinea pigs into school having a positive impact on their social settings. They have settled in to their skills and emotional well-being. spacious, purpose-built Cavy Cottage “We are overwhelmed by the well. The cottage was skilfully made by generosity of our local Community; on two local men, Chris Wilkinson and behalf of the children and staff, I would Danny Brown. In addition, the school has like to thank everyone involved. Our next received a generous donation of food and challenge is for the School Council to find hay from Jollyes Pet Superstore at City suitable names.” South Retail Park. The guinea pigs will be part of a Each week, on a rota basis, whole programme of therapeutic work delivered classes will be responsible for the caring throughout Beeston Primary School.

Little Owls: Excellent

nervous and even a bit frightened. I am proud to say that every child overcame their fears and embraced this new experience. They not only learnt about ponies and horses and how to ride but also learnt a valuable lesson in how to overcome their own nerves and fears and embrace new experiences. The children were true ‘brave hearts’ and are a credit to the school and their parents and families.

Children who attend the Leeds City Council-run Little Owls nursery New Bewerley in Beeston can expect outstanding provision, according to the latest report by government inspectors, Ofsted. Little Owls nursery New Bewerley has been judged as outstanding in all areas in the inspection which was carried out in January. The nursery, which is based at New Bewerley Children’s Centre in Beeston, was judged on its management and leadership, the quality of teaching and learning, its arrangements for safeguarding and children’s personal, social and emotional development – all of which were found to be outstanding. The report which was published today, praised the leadership and staff team at the nursery,

stating that: “Managers at the nursery are dedicated, knowledgeable and ambitious. They strive for excellence and constantly reflect on and refine the quality of provision offered.” As well as describing staff as ‘inspirational’. The focus the nursery places on supporting children’s social and emotional development is highlighted, with the report stating that: “Staff work with parents and families to emphasise the importance of children’s emotional well-being as a priority” and that: “Children are happy,

settled and content at nursery.” The high rate of progress made by children who attend Little Owls nursery New Bewerley was also recognised in the latest report, which references that children “are exceptionally well prepared for school”. Inspectors also noted that children who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are ‘superbly well’ supported by staff at the nursery, and that they “reach developmental milestones which are of immense personal significance almost daily”.


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South Leeds secondary schools show positive progress in results by Jeremy Morton The leader of the Cockburn Multi Academies Trust (MAT) has commented on the secondary school performance league tables published by Ofsted, pointing out that four of the six Leeds schools performing ‘well above average’ are in the south of the city. Cockburn School is joined by Rodilian Academy, Morley Academy and Woodkirk Academy. Executive Headteacher David Gurney said: “I am extremely pleased with last summer’s examination results. Our students achieved excellent grades to prepare them for the next stage of their education

Cockburn: well above average for pupil progression which is testament to their the hard work of our determined resilience and everyone involved team of staff. felt very proud of this. “I am pleased to see that “Cockburn is one of the top six schools in South Leeds are doing well above average schools in well.” Leeds and it is a credit to the Schools are measured on their aspirations of our students and ‘Progress 8’ score, which

measures the progress pupils between starting make secondary school and taking their GCSEs in Year 11. The score is relative to the national average progress. The South Leeds Academy, in its last year as part of the Delta Trust recorded a score ‘below average’, but was not in the lowest category of ‘well below average’. The school is in the process of joining the Cockburn MAT and has been known as the Cockburn John Charles Academy since September 2017. Two other schools in Leeds 10 – The Ruth Gorse Academy and Leeds UTC, both in Hunslet - do not appear in the tables as their first intakes have not reached Year 11 yet.

Remembering World War II by Jacquie Padgett

On Thursday 4 January 2018, children, parents, carers and teachers at Hugh Gaitskell Primary School in Beeston took part in an exciting end of Autumn term showcase, where children’s work was highly celebrated and praised. We all stepped back in time to World War II Britain, dressing up as characters from that period in history. During the autumn term children in Years 5 and 6 were studying WWII and its impact on our present history. Children investigated the start of the war, the Dunkirk rescue, the Battle of Britain, the D-day landings and finally the end of the war, all from a child’s perspective.

Children found out what it would have been like to be an evacuee during World War II. They learned the reasons why evacuation happened and where children were sent to live. Also, they discovered what children had to pack and how they prepared for life as an evacuee. We all explored their experiences during their evacuation and their return. Pupils have gained a good understanding of how the rationing of food, the need to Dig for Victory and the directive to ‘make do and mend’ impacted on children and their families during the war. Apart from showcasing our history knowledge, children displayed their French language skills in a French Café, offering

thirsty and hungry customers brioche, pain au chocolat and du jus d’orange. Parents had a chance to look at their children’s art work produced with a use of charcoal and their extended pieces of writing. Our drama teacher Luke helped to organise a 15 minute performance, in which our talented children demonstrated their acting skills, pretending to be evacuees from London. Our showcase was a tremendous success with a fantastic attendance from parents and carers. Just to quote a few of them: Rhuksana Ali, Amani’s mum said, “I really enjoyed the splay, it was brilliant.” Filip Pieczarka’s mum,

Aleksandra, said, “Children looked great in their outfits. They, and their teachers, have put so much effort in this event!” Abdul Khan’s mum, Aksa, said “I enjoyed seeing children’s work that was displayed!” We really appreciate your continuous support.

Lord Mayor visits Reach Primary Learning Centre by Ali Elvidge The Lord Mayor of Leeds visited Reach Primary Learning Centre in Beeston on 17 January. Cllr Jane Dowson was there to support the learning the children had been doing about aspirations. They got to find out what the Lord Mayor does for our city, why she wears a special chain and how to become a Lord Mayor. They had previously had visits from a life guard, security worker, a vet, a make-up technician, a police officer, an ICT technician, a decorator and a chef. It was an enjoyable day and gave the children lots of great ideas about

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what they would like to do for a profession when they are older. Some of the children’s responses: Silas, “I would like to be an archaeologist as I’m interested in discovering artefacts from a long time ago.” Lily, “I would like to be an artist. I’m good at drawing.” Tyler, “I want to be a policeman or a professional rugby player.” Ebonnie, “I want to be a vet so that I can make animals better.” Reach Primary Learning Centre is a thirty five place provision for pupils aged between five and eleven years old who are at risk of exclusion or permanent exclusion from

Lord Mayor Cllr Jane Dowson with Silas Howarth and Tyler Bullers mainstream primary school. All The curriculum is personalised of the pupils referred have mild for every pupil and the staff work SEMH (Social, Emotional and hard to ensure all children enjoy Mental Health) needs. learning and make the best The Centre works closely with possible progress. pupils, their families, referring They aim to influence their schools and outside agencies to future decision making by identify the extra support that is encouraging them to make needed to help them achieve. positive choices.

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Our trip to London by Hollie, Tarrin and Zuzannan Pupils in Year 6 at Middleton St Mary’s Primary School had an exciting three day trip to London. Three of them have filed this report: We went inside the Houses of Parliament and met our MP Hilary Benn. We went to the Cambridge Theatre to watch Matilda. It was fantastic! Our first stop was Madame Tussauds. We saw lots of popular people made out of wax such as Rhianna, Donald Trump and lots more. We were amazed by the 4D avengers movie. After about an hour we headed to our hostel which was right next to St Paul’s Cathedral. It was very unusual to hear the chimes all through the night! Then we went to the Houses of Parliament. When we got in, we had our own private tour and met MP Hilary Benn. We asked lots of questions about what he’s going to do for our future and what things he is hoping to change in Leeds. We learnt lots about democracy and law making! We saw a real life debate - it was quite interesting, although we were shocked when I saw some MPs on their phones! After lunch, we left we went to the Imperial War Museum. When we got inside we were given a tour around some of the museum and also heard some true stories about a Lancashire bomber. It was amazing! When we went through the museum we saw lots off cool exhibits. We saw fighter jets, bombs, tanks and much more. We had had a fun and busy day, but it was about to get even better! It was time for our big night out … Matilda!! Matilda was a hilarious night full of giggles and laughter. We got a brilliant view. Whilst we were waiting for the show to

begin, we began to notice some words muddled up in the backdrop - it was so cool! We knew when the show started when the room went dark and silent and the stage lights lit up the room. Then a groovy song blasted out called ‘Miracle’. Ohhh how the show made us laugh… plus all of the adults were laughing too so it was suitable for all ages. As the show went on it got better and better. What an amazing day! As soon as our heads hit the pillow, we all were fast asleep in our rooms. On Friday morning, we all woke up tired but raring to go! Today’s visit was to the Science Museum. When we all got there, our jaws dropped with amazement. There was everything displayed: from inventions, to history elements, to art. We had never seen anything like it! At the end of our time at the museum we all wanted to see what was in the gift shops to find out what interesting things were there. After an exciting three days, we finally got onto the coach for the 6 hour journey home! Our parents were so pleased to see us after 3 days! We all missed home but we loved our visit to London. We will never forget it! Postscript. The school then received this message: “Last week I was at the theatre in London, sitting in front of a school party from St Mary’s. What a delightful group of children who were enjoying a visit which was taking in museums and parliament as well as Matilda. “They were so well behaved and a real credit to their school. What an undertaking for your staff. I admire their stamina as well as the way they had everything under control but in such a relaxed way. “I just thought you would like to know what great ambassadors they were and to congratulate you all.”

“May the Force be with you”: the Star Wars exhibition at Madame Tussauds

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Lunch at Gaucho New arrivals at Beeston Primary! by Cath Storey

On Thursday 28 December 2017 one hundred children and fourteen staff from both Low Road and Windmill Primary Schools were invited to Gaucho Restaurant in Leeds for a slap up lunch. This was in conjunction with Radio Aire‘s Cash for Kids/Mission Christmas who both schools have supported throughout the year. The children were chosen for the reward for a variety of reasons such as attendance, punctuality, behaviour, achievements and progress. It was a wonderful afternoon

whereby the children were treated like royalty by the lovely staff at Gaucho’s. A magician was also invited and he worked his way around every table showing the children some amazing magic tricks. The children were in awe! It was such a lovely memorable afternoon for all who attended and I cannot thank Gauchos enough for accommodating us and giving everybody, including the staff, a selection box and gift before we left. Massive thank you to all the school, Radio Aire and Gaucho staff who volunteered on this day. We couldn’t have done it without you. You did us proud!

Pupils from Low Road and Windmill enjoy a meal at Gaucho

Have a go heroes! by Jacquie Padgett

A Sherman tank at The Imperial War Museum

Questions to their MP - Hilary Benn

Pupils and staff from Year 6 at Middleton St Mary’s with Hilary Benn MP at the Houses of Parliament

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On Thursday 18 January I was lucky enough to be able to take a group of Year Six pupils from Hugh Gaitskell Primary School on a horse riding experience to Back Lane Stables in Farnley. First of all, the children had a tour of the stables and met some of the larger horses. Then it was time for them to partner up and meet the pony that had been allocated to them. As you can see from the photographs, the children led their own ponies to the arena and this was their first taste of success. After reaching the arena, one from each pair mounted the pony (with support from the amazing staff at the stables) and the other from the pair led the pony around. Everyone who attended learnt how to make their pony walk and stop and had a turn at trotting too. Only one of the children had ever ridden a horse before and, as you can imagine, many of them were very

Welcoming five guinea pigs to Beeston Primary School the guinea pigs. They will be feeding by Susan Knowles for them, providing water and cleaning the Last month, following a generous bedding area. donation from the Facebook community, Headteacher Nick Edensor said: Save our Beeston and Holbeck, the “The guinea pigs are an important children at Beeston Primary School were addition to our school. The children have excited to welcome five new additions to been so excited and cannot wait to start their school community. to take responsibility for their daily care. The five guinea pigs have been kindly Recent research has evidenced that donated by a responsible breeder, who looking after an animal can have a major has previous experience in placing well- influence on a child’s development, socialised guinea pigs into school having a positive impact on their social settings. They have settled in to their skills and emotional well-being. spacious, purpose-built Cavy Cottage “We are overwhelmed by the well. The cottage was skilfully made by generosity of our local Community; on two local men, Chris Wilkinson and behalf of the children and staff, I would Danny Brown. In addition, the school has like to thank everyone involved. Our next received a generous donation of food and challenge is for the School Council to find hay from Jollyes Pet Superstore at City suitable names.” South Retail Park. The guinea pigs will be part of a Each week, on a rota basis, whole programme of therapeutic work delivered classes will be responsible for the caring throughout Beeston Primary School.

Little Owls: Excellent

nervous and even a bit frightened. I am proud to say that every child overcame their fears and embraced this new experience. They not only learnt about ponies and horses and how to ride but also learnt a valuable lesson in how to overcome their own nerves and fears and embrace new experiences. The children were true ‘brave hearts’ and are a credit to the school and their parents and families.

Children who attend the Leeds City Council-run Little Owls nursery New Bewerley in Beeston can expect outstanding provision, according to the latest report by government inspectors, Ofsted. Little Owls nursery New Bewerley has been judged as outstanding in all areas in the inspection which was carried out in January. The nursery, which is based at New Bewerley Children’s Centre in Beeston, was judged on its management and leadership, the quality of teaching and learning, its arrangements for safeguarding and children’s personal, social and emotional development – all of which were found to be outstanding. The report which was published today, praised the leadership and staff team at the nursery,

stating that: “Managers at the nursery are dedicated, knowledgeable and ambitious. They strive for excellence and constantly reflect on and refine the quality of provision offered.” As well as describing staff as ‘inspirational’. The focus the nursery places on supporting children’s social and emotional development is highlighted, with the report stating that: “Staff work with parents and families to emphasise the importance of children’s emotional well-being as a priority” and that: “Children are happy,

settled and content at nursery.” The high rate of progress made by children who attend Little Owls nursery New Bewerley was also recognised in the latest report, which references that children “are exceptionally well prepared for school”. Inspectors also noted that children who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are ‘superbly well’ supported by staff at the nursery, and that they “reach developmental milestones which are of immense personal significance almost daily”.


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In our view Fighting fit There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a project succeed, like the Hamara Centre’s fitness programme that has engaged all sections of the Beeston community. And there’s nothing worse than seeing it stop in its tracks because the funding stopped. Let’s hope Hamara and the women of Beeston can find a solution to keep the classes going.

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Your letters and comments The Managed Approach to sex work in Holbeck

I feel that the Save Our Eyes Group should indeed field independent candidates for Holbeck as their approach to managed area has been so intolerant of constructive dialogue about a vulnerable group of women in our community that views can not be considered in line with the vast majority of Labour supporters who try and support the vulnerable and bring working people together in solidarity rather than divide them. Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is trying to campaign for a a society in which gross inequality is reduced thus reducing one of the driving factors of sex work. In general Labour with its campaign against loneliness is trying to tackle another possible driving factor of sex work which is social isolation and stigma related to drug abuse and mental health problems. Having attended a meeting hosted by ‘Save Our Eyes’ and working as I do in Holbeck I can see little commonality between a group that largely shouts about the ‘horrors of sex workers working near our homes’ and yet does little to talk to these women and work on the causes of their predicament. If sex work isn’t one of best examples of the limits of Conservative ‘Free Market’ ideology then I don’t know what is. Some people have short memories. One of the main factors leading to the managed zone was the high rate of violence against sex workers and unnecessary wasting of police time criminalising these women. Maybe we should go back to trying to create more economic opportunity rather than brush the problem aside with an angry flourish. Compassion seems to be lacking and so I say sure stand as an independent but don’t pretend it’s on a

A sex worker plies her trade on a residential street in Holbeck more enlightened or compassionate or murdered is modern day slavery. platform. You know very little of the work of Save And if you do get rid of the managed area our Eyes and are only looking at what is what will you replace it with? produced on the page which is the Dr Nicholas Lalvani evidence that we see of sex acts and on a daily basis. Save our Eyes have met with In response to Dr Lavani’s comment, you Basis and Joanna Project and will continue have raised fair points though I feel you’ve to do so. This is NOT persecution of witnessed some of the anger of the vulnerable women. In fact it is quite the community and perhaps not fully opposite. Hidden Gems understood where many of us stand on the Vicki Appleyard We’ve profiled to great centres in matter. South Leeds this month. Both could We need to tackle the lying. The punters I am a resident of Holbeck who lives very be called hidden gems. Beeston’s lie to themselves and believe that these close to the managed approach and I Skills Hub is literally hidden behind poor women enjoy their abuse and have would like to say I am a very firm supporter a locked gate, whereas The Tetley chosen their “career.” of the managed approach and I would like art gallery is hiding in plain sight. The council tell us that we must accept to see it continue. Both these facilities have masses their choice and provide them with a “safe The public meetings and debates are to offer to local people, follow our place” to “work.” biased against the approach. The advice and go and have a little However, this is not work, it is slavery. supporters stay away. Those that aren’t too explore. What we see on the streets of Holbeck is bothered also stay away. Those who have the transfer of money from one man a problem with it turn up and they then run to another using a woman’s body the debate. as the conduit. If this were not the I dare not say much in the meetings case then the prostituted women otherwise I fear hostility, awkwardness and would have the money they dare not show my face at the Domestic Beeston & Holbeck ward earned from one day to the next. Street Post Office again. Includes Beeston from Cross Flatts Park up to the Co-op, Cottingley, old Holbeck. They are skint again next day I do however agree that the managed The three councillors are: because the money earned has scheme needs to be respected. The zones David Congreve 0113 257 1679 david.congreve@leeds.gov.uk been taken from them by their and times need to be adhered to. The Angela Gabriel 07946 632 468 angela.gabriel@leeds.gov.uk pimps and drug dealers. children should not be exposed to the Adam Ogilvie 07969 680 024 adam.ogilvie@leeds.gov.uk Until we abandon the belief in activities or come across paraphernalia. these cruel lies the abused Litter should be cleaned, etc. This is an women will never be free. We ideal which we should strive for and am City & Hunslet ward need to target the slave drivers, sure the scheme is targeting. Not just for Includes the city centre, Holbeck Urban Village, Beeston Hill and Hunslet. The pimps and dealers. the working girls’ sake, but also for those three councillors are: When the women are freed concerned residents. Patrick Davey 0113 267 1282 patrick.davey@leeds.gov.uk from this terrible life that they To me it is working better than the Mohammed Iqbal 0113 226 8796 mohammed.iqbal@leeds.gov.uk have not chosen the community previous enforcement approach, though will also be free. nothing can be perfect. Scrapping it won’t Elizabeth Nash 0113 275 8594 elizabeth.nash@leeds.gov.uk Paula Brown help anyone, not even the residents, and will even make it worse like before, lose the Middleton Park ward They should replace the years of progress made and it will just put Includes Belle Isle and Middleton. The three councillors are: Managed Approach with the girls’ lives at risk again. Judith Blake 0113 247 7761 judith.blake@leeds.gov.uk something like the Nordic model Sarah Jones Kim Groves 07891 741 832 kim.groves@leeds.gov.uk which doesn’t allow for vulnerable girls to be exploited but tackles Paul Truswell 0113 247 6922 paul.truswell@leeds.gov.uk prostitution from the side of the Join the debate kerb crawlers. Many people seem Leeds Central MP – Rt Hon Hilary Benn to be under the illusions that this Hilary Benn is our MP. He represents the Leeds Central constituency which covers is a ‘managed area’ it is most Comment online; Hunslet, Middleton, Belle Isle, Beeston, Holbeck, Cottingley in south Leeds as well definitely not that. I’d recommend by email: info@southleedslife.com; as the city centre, Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Little London, Lincoln Green, you look at places such as or post to: 224 Cross Flatts Grove, Burmantofts, Richmond Hill and Osmondthorpe. Denmark and Sweden who’ve Leeds, LS11 7BW. Contact: hilary.benn.mp@parliament.uk, www.hilarybennmp.com implemented this successfully. Allowing women to be bought for Letters may be edited for publication. Constituency office: Suite 7, Unity Business Centre, 26 Roundhay Road, sex and at worst, raped, beaten, Leeds LS7 1AB; phone: 0113 244 1097

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A Hub(bub) of activities and ideas A

re you a handy woodworker, or gardener? Are you good with computers? Would you like to share your skills or gain new skills? Up to a hundred people a week are using Health For All’s Skills Hub in Beeston to explore all sorts of practical activities ranging from sewing to marquetry. The diversity of activities comes from the staff’s open approach. Everyone who comes to the Skills Hub is encouraged to share the skills they have, explore what interests them and learn from each other. There is a very cando atmosphere and the centre is brimming with ideas. Nothing is static. As people learn new skills in the woodwork class a mini

production line develops producing planters. These can then be sold as part of a new small business. Help and support is available at every turn. Beeston’s best kept secret is hidden away in a corner of Cockburn School’s campus and includes classrooms, gardens with raised beds and a polytunnel; woodworking equipment; and a photography studio. Because of the school’s security access is arranged via the Centre Manager, Martin Brennan (07432 702911) but once through the gate there’s a warm welcome for everyone. Brian has been coming for few months now. He said: “I hadn’t done any woodwork for years but was keen to take it up again now I’ve retired. It’s

been great coming down here, not just because they’ve got the right gear, it’s the company too – I’ve met some great people here.” Martin explains: “It’s amazing, when you get a group of people working together on a project they start talking about all sorts of stuff. Health issues, money problems, they get things off their chest. Often the advice comes from other members of the group, but we can signpost them to more specialist help if they need it.” There’s plenty to do as you can see from the list of activities and projects, but if you can’t see something you would like to do, get in touch and ask if they can put it on.

Skills Hub Manager Martin Brennan (left) outside the poly-tunnel

Current projects and activities:

GTT ‘metal bashers’ refurbishing computers

Growing vegetables in the poly-tunnel

Products from pallets

Busy in the woodwork shop

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All Things Camera is just that – a chance to explore and experiement both with the camera and treating photographs using computer software such as Photoshop. The hub has extra equipment including lights, backdrop and green screen. Horticulture. The hub has a large plot with raised beds and a polytunnel for growing fruit and vegetables. You can get involved with seeding and sowing or if you want a more physical workout you dig the beds. Love Your Garden. The Hub’s community garden service is targeted at neglected and overgrown gardens in need of some TLC, volunteers are always welcome. Get Technology Together (GTT). Come down to the computer lab on a Friday and discover new computer based technologies. Try new programmes, discuss what you find. Or join the metal bashers refurbishing old computers to be used again. They won’t repair your broken computer here, but they’ll show you how you can repair it. Sew For Fun. This group for men and women use machines to make and recycle fabric items to can be sold at the SLATE and Revive shops. All Things Craft. Who knew there were so many things you could do with wood? The woodworking shop has everything you need for making anything from bird boxes to furniture. Or perhaps you’d prefer wood carving or marquetry – building patterns or pictures using veneers. South Leeds Radio. An internet radio station for the area. It’s still in the embryonic stages and needs more volunteers are needed to bring it to life. Training is available to help you make programmes and podcasts which can be streamed over the internet. Over 50s 5-a-side football. Have you still got the skills but can’t get a game with the younger teams? Join the group at the John Charles Centre For Sport on Friday evenings. Express Yourself. Do you find social situations or job interviews difficult? Here’s a chance to build you confidence and learn some social skills through group activities. Local entrepreneurs. Could you turn your new skill or old hobby into a small business? Skills For Work. Starting soon this 12 week programme will prepare you to get back into work after ill health or unemployment. The course combines cores skills in English, Maths and Computers with practical qualifications in manual handling, food safety, basic first aid, etc. There will also be the chance to explore what work you would really do and tailor your job search and CV writing skills to find the right job for you. Film Making. A chance to find out the different skills that go into making a film from storyboarding and script writing to locations, props and costumes and of course camerawork and editing.


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Welcome to The Tetley, Hunslet’s own art gallery M

by Jeremy Morton

ost of our readers will remember the Tetley brewery, which was a Hunslet institution for over a hundred years. Many will be familiar with the headquarters building, dating from the 1930s and built in the art deco style. But how many of you have visited it since it became an art gallery? To many of us, putting up a sign saying ‘art gallery’ is like putting up a sign saying ‘private property – keep out’. “This is not for you” it seems to say, “You wouldn’t enjoy it or understand it. Move along there’s nothing to see here.” But Bryony Bond, The Tetley’s Artistic Director tells me you couldn’t be more wrong. “Art is a conversation starter and while it can deal with complicated ideas, you don’t need complicated language to talk about it “I believe a gallery is a reflective space, but that doesn’t mean you have to view the art in hushed, reverent silence. Art is sociable, it is about conversation. It helps you see the world slightly differently and that’s something worth talking about. “A lot of people think there’s a correct way to view art – there isn’t. Look at it any way you want. Stand in front of a piece for an hour if it grabs you, walk on if it’s not for you.” At The Tetley, all staff take gallery shifts. So when you arrive you could be talking to any member of our staff from Office Manager to Marketing Coordinator and even Artistic Director. “This refreshes our knowledge of exhibitions and puts us in touch with our audience first hand.” The Tetley wasn’t built as an art gallery which means it has some unique spaces for showing art and gives it a more relaxed feel than some big galleries. Easter will see the launch of a new outdoor sculpture, “The Sun Shines Every Day Forever”. It’s perhaps an optimistic title for a piece sited in Yorkshire, but it refers to the architecture of California that it draws its inspiration from. Unlike some

public sculpture, and in the spirit of The Tetley, touching, feeling and sitting on the work will be positively encouraged. Two more sculptures that The Tetley have been involved with are soon to be unveiled on Dewsbury Road in Beeston. This is just one of the ways The Tetley reaches out to the communities of South Leeds. The gallery works closely with New Bewerley Community School, Hunslet Moor and Hunslet Carr Primary Schools, running an after school art club at the gallery. The children have a lot of fun, drawing, making animations and other activities. The club also breaks down barriers as the children respond to current exhibitions and make new friends from other schools. The Tetley also runs monthly Family Art Workshops and Tiny Tetley for pre school children; and hosts yoga classes and the Leeds Dads monthly meet up for fathers and children to enjoy Imagining libraries of the future is the theme that covers three upcoming shows by British and Pakistani artists. Illustrating that visual art is not just about paintings on walls, they include a film of staff and users reflecting on the changing ways, and particularly language in the bustling city of Karachi, from within the sanctuary of the city’s Bedil Library. Taking a different approach, The House That Heals The Soul has a fully functioning publishing studio and invites you to publish your own pamphlet to build the library and add your voice to the conversation. The exhibitions run from 9 February to 22 April and start with a preview evening on Thursday 8 February, 6-8pm. This event, like the exhibitions, is free and open to all. One of the ways The Tetley keeps its exhibitions free and its activities running is by recycling the profits from the bar and restaurant, which launches its new menu on 1 February. Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch through to evening meals the restaurant is open through to 9pm Tuesday to Saturday (6pm on Mondays). Small plates cost around £5, main dishes are £8£12. Lots of people use the Tetley as a meeting place, for business or social meetings – it has an excellent café bar and restaurant. Bryony’s message is: whilst you’re here, take five or ten minutes, pop upstairs and look at the exhibitions.

Exhibition Opening MAHBUB JOKHIO: IN THE CITY OF LOST TIMES MADIHA AIJAZ: THESE SILENCES ARE ALL THE WORDS THE HOUSE THAT HEALS THE SOUL Thursday 8 February 6-8pm FREE All Welcome The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ


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by Bruce Davies

hen trying to describe what I do as an artist, or as a curator presenting art, I often encounter the phrase ‘I don’t do art’. This is a statement that I have always found quite puzzling when I consider how much of an impact art has on the society that we live in. It would seem from the kind of conversations that occur pursuant of this statement, Reclining Figure (Elbow). Leeds Art Gallery that in fact it is not that people ‘don’t do art’ but more branch of art), all have been This is, of course, expected specifically they do not get the considered visually by society in all areas of life, our relevance of fine art specifically (aesthetics), for if we do not like worth seemingly derived from in the context of our daily what we see then we will not the progress we make, which is existence. Anyone that ever buy. Visual art operates in in turn driven by the urge to bought a cinema ticket could much the same way, only here, consume. Looking at the be seen to be taking a chance rather than trying to sell conditions in which we are on art, or that ever attended something, the purpose is to forced to live life in the twentythe theatre or a concert; yet a make people stop and think, first Century, as I did in a small statistic that was given on consider the world from a way in my previous [Life Art] Radio 4’s Front Row recently different perspective. Maybe it post, this aspect is problematic (Monday 1 January 2018: begins with a question as for most, never mind artists. It Making Culture at home) simple as ‘why would anyone is in this distinction that we can indicated that ‘people investing do this?’ start to understand the idea of in lottery tickets artists as are the least people whose likely to attend life is art galleries.’ embedded in This of course is the same reality an odd statistic as ourselves, as this could be rather than likened to standing apart walking into a from everyone shop, paying for else as it is something and often perceived. leaving with The Latin nothing. expression ‘Ars The problem longa vita with visual art in brevis’ which terms of its translates as relevance on a ‘Art is long, life ‘Border Control South’ All photos: Bruce Davies day to day basis is short’ refers is that it does demand The life of the artist is an to the fact that it takes a long something from us in terms of unusual one. Governed by a time to acquire one’s expertise, our time and the fact that it subconscious restlessness the but we only have a short time in fulfils no practical role other artist assumes his role to be which to enact it. Thomas Wolfe than to make us think. We do one of continual questioning, goes further in suggesting that encounter things on a daily and making, and then ‘Art is long, life is short and basis that are the result of a questioning again. A strange success is a long way off’, far creative process and have in life choice in which the end is from being negative it urges us their execution been never in sight and nothing is to push on forward in the considered aesthetically. The ever finished. Along the way knowledge that we ourselves chairs that we sit on, televisions there are objects, things by may not benefit from our that we watch; regardless of which a person looking in from actions but those that come what is on them, the laptops the outside can measure their after us may. that we type on or the pens activity, way markers Take Anuerin Bevan, founder that we write with. suggesting progress of some of the NHS, as an example of All have been designed (a sort. how the consequences of a single person’s actions can be felt in a positive way long after they are gone. Art also allows us the opportunity to take the road less travelled; both practitioners and viewers, as we are afforded the time to step outside of the accepted norm and do something that we would not usually consider. In the reflection of that fleeting moment in which we are able to step outside of our busy lives for the sheer enjoyment of contemplation, who knows ‘Hypogeal’ exhibition, BasementArtsProject what possibilities may emerge.

New menu at Limeyard L

by Lucy Potter

imeyard – All Day American Kitchen hosted a ‘Blue Monday’ event on 15 January for journalists to review their tasty new menu. Blue Monday – so called for it being recognised as the most depressing day of the year; leaving festivities behind but not quite reaching payday. In order to cheer everyone up we had the pleasure to sample their food and equally have fun and enjoy the exciting atmosphere at the restaurant complex at the White Rose Shopping Centre. The place was just how I remembered it when I was lucky enough to try out the food in June for South Leeds Life. The theme is Californian so you’re instantly transported back to the Halcyon days with décor of the 1950’s sun striped beaches, with a cool modern theme. Images of the west coast surfers covered the walls, with old and new tunes swimming across the soundwaves of the restaurant- as if you were really there! This time I met other journalists joining in too for their event so we could compare our thoughts and tastes. As we entered the restaurant we were greeted by Sarah who showed us to our seats, reminding us we could take a selfie in a giant deckchair beckoning us over to lay back in. We met Azzy our waiter for the evening serving appertizers, speciality cocktails and the famous Limeyard taco savoury treat.

Tasty tacos The food is so tasty and varied and can satisfy the most indecisive mind! Crispy Nacos with

Lucy enjoys the deckchair melted cheese, sour cream and juicy pulled pork – clumped together to make delicious combo. We enjoyed the distinctive flavour of the Sweetcorn Tamale of quinoa; Polenta and sweetcorn served with lettuce, guacamole and Pico de Gallo salsa. For those who want to dig in why not try; Mission Street Wings – House chicken wings with blue cheese dip, coriander and lime or Coca Cola Glazed Ribs – Sticky half rack of ribs cooked low’n’slow for hours. And to refreshingly wash it all down with the Koko Mojo – A coconut rum, lime, mint passionfruit and soda cocktail. They say the ‘early bird catches the worm’ but a couple of us stayed around until after most had gone off to enjoy the rest of their evening, proving the stragglers get their ‘just deserts!’ I even snap chatted my daughter (who was at home doing her homework) a picture of my chocolate, banana waffle and espresso martini– to which she replied with her ‘Srsly?’ Bitmoji. If you haven’t eaten at Limeyard yet – you haven’t fully experienced the White Rose restaurant complex. It has a fun and laid back atmosphere making families feel very welcome. The new menu is ready to taste now and will cater for every appetite, so have a look at the website for offers currently on at the moment. The median price for a main is around £10. I am looking forward to taking the family next time and let them in on the experience too. Thank you to Limeyard for sharing your food with us! We really enjoyed ourselves and hopefully turned the Blue Monday into the best Monday we’ve had this year.

Panto sells out, again

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ith over 2,000 tickets sold, the St Andrew’s Pantomime has been another roaring (with laughter) success. This year’s show was Little Miss Muffet and residents flocked to St Andrew’s Community Centre on Cardinal Road in Beeston night after night (and matinee after matinee). One reviewer on Facebook daid: “ Fantastic night last night. My children thoroughly enjoyed watching and so lovely to see such a great local cast.” And Sharon Farrar from Belle Isle Scouts commented: “Excellent performance from everyone again. So many great reviews from our Scouts and parents. Well done all. Already booked again for next year. Thanks as always.” The group made up entirely of volunteers put on 11 performances over two weeks, including one signed in British Sign Language for those with impaired hearing. Having only just finished the run, they are still working on

St Andrew’s Panto 2018: Little Miss Muffet the figures, but expect to be able to give £4,000 to St Andrew’s Church and a further £2,500 to a range of local, regional and national charities. This will still leave enough of an operating balance in the bank to get next year’s show up and running. The final figures will be revealed at the group’s Annual Meeting on Thursday 8 March at St Andrew’s starting a 7pm. The meeting will also decide

which charities to donate to this year and choose the show to stage in 2019. It might even start looking ahead to the group’s 50th anniversary which is looming in 2020! St Andrew’s Pantomime Group are always looking for new members, whether it’s on stage, backstage or front of house - there’s a job for everyone who wants to get involved. Why not go along and show your support.


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Tracking down Balkcliff Lane

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n the well-known map ‘Township of Middleton’ in the 1700’s, Balkcliff Lane is shown running south behind Middleton Lodge (the old Golf House) and then joining onto the west end of Town Street at Nabs End. Over the years this ancient pack horse trail has undergone many changes. To the west is an area called Hilly Baycliff, now part of the South Leeds Golf Club. By the 1900’s the lane was called Baycliffe Lane and the west end of Town Street has disappeared. A modern finger post in the park points to Blackcliff Lane – obviously a typo error. The staff in the park call the lane ‘Monks Path’, reference to the

story of monks from Kirkstall Abbey supposedly mining the local coal. The biggest change was in the 1920’s when the tramway and then the Ring Road cut the lane in two. Later on the building of the Westwood Estate erased the southern portion as well as the cottages at Nabs End. The only portion of the lane that can be seen today, of this once important route of commerce from Beeston, is the stretch from the southern end of Gypsy Lane running west towards the Ring Road and then running parallel to it, beside the Ring Road and the new access path to the Cycle Hub. Nothing remains of Nabs End apart from a section of old wall along Bodmin Approach (Dangerous Hill).

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joined South Leeds Sisters about four years ago with zero running experience, having spotted groups of chattering, laughing women running around the streets of Beeston and Middleton. I thought “I would like to be a part of something like that”. I didn’t think it was likely I’d be able to fit into a group as I had no running experience and hadn’t done any exercise for at least 25 (yes 25) years…but actually I couldn’t have been more wrong. South Leeds Sisters has been going about five years now and has around 30 members of all ages, abilities and experience. Our Coach, Holly, plans each session carefully and lets us know the plan in advance. But it’s not just about running, it’s about encouraging and supporting each other while gaining agility, speed and stamina. We all loop back to the back person so everyone stays together. We are a women’s running club based in the Phoenix Bar at the South Leeds Stadium (John Charles Centre for Sport) and we’re starting a “Zero to Hero” programme starting on Monday 5 February 2018. There are three sessions a week, Mondays for the planned sessions (that’s the night the course will

The South Leeds Sisters running group run) – 6.15-7.45pm and Wednesday and Thursdays (6.15pm) when you get to want more. Everyone will be able to progress at their own pace. We travel the streets of Beeston, Middleton and Belle Isle and use Middleton Park and Cross Flatts Park in the summer. For me, being part of the group has meant that turning up week after week is a pleasure. It gives me the chance to catch up with my running friends. As we run, we share running issues, swap hints about where is selling good gear cheaply (usually Aldi!) or wonder why our trainers are looking a bit muddy! I’ve found that running has unbelievably become a part

of my life, and that I’ve had the chance to take part in or help with stewarding charity runs too, when I want. I never envisaged that happening but it has! If you’re a women wanting something to keep you fit, maybe having failed to follow through with those dreaded New Year resolutions, join us! Even if you’ve never put on a pair of trainers and walked, let alone run, down the street. We want complete beginners! We were all beginners once so we know what it’s like. There’s lots more info on our website www.southleedssisters.com or facebook page.

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e live in a throwaway society, but one group are fighting against the tide and helping people get broken things fixed. The Repair Café has been running in Leeds for the last two years. The idea is very simple: people with broken stuff come along and meet people who can fix things.

On Monday 15 January the café came to Beeston and people brought everything from toy helicopters to paper shredders along to Hillside get them fixed for free. As well extending the life of the items, the organisers hope people will learn a few tricks from the fixers and be inspired to fix other things when they break.

Repairing a headphone lead. Photo: Steve Thompson

“It was great to bring the Repair Cafe down to our home turf, here in south Leeds” said Ed Carlisle, one of the organisers. “We had some very skilled new volunteer fixers from this local area join us. If I’m honest, we weren’t especially lucky with fixing – we perhaps only fixed half of the stuff. But

as always, everyone was really grateful and enthusiatic nonetheless. We’ve got more events coming up, monthly around the city – anyone’s welcome anytime.” The next Leeds Repair Café will be held at Bridge Street Church in the city centre, behind Eastgate (LS2 7QZ) on Saturday 3 February, 12-4pm.


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he UK’s largest Valentines Event, is back in South Leeds for the Half Term holidays, with the famous Valentines Fun Fair opening on Friday 9 February and running until Saturday 17 February on the Elland Road car parks alongside Leeds United’s stadium. Each year the event seems to bring together bigger and better rides from across Europe and whether you’re looking for a family-friendly day of rides and amusements or a thrilling night out, there is always plenty to enjoy at what was Europe’s first and is still the largest Valentines fair. The event was initially held in Leeds city centre from 1992 until 2000 and is still going strong at its current home on the car parks at Elland Road. Amongst the array of Rollercoasters, thrill rides, family

rides, Dodgems, Twists and Waltzer’s which have always been the staple diet of the Valentines Fair, there will be a fantastic thrilling attractions this year in the form of the Top Scan, Extreme and a 33 metre observation wheel. Direct from a theme park will be the Crazy Mouse Roller Coaster which

spins its cars along its winding and twisting track, one of three coasters which includes a the Big Apple Coaster and Go Gator. Also there were plenty of rides for those who enjoy more traditional fairground rides, including the ever-popular Carousel, Ghost Train and four

Fun Houses. The fair also offers visitors the chance to enjoy many other attractions, such as giant prize games, food and novelty stalls and the numerous side shows that are on offer, including an indoor seating area. The fun gets underway on Friday 9 February at 5pm, and will then open daily through until and including Saturday 17 February from 1-10pm. And if you want to experience all the fun of the fair from a different view, pay a visit to the free model show on Saturday 17 February in Leeds United’s Billy’s Bar from 12-5pm and see all the rides in miniature as well as a number of trade stands and refreshments. Organisers are promising that all children’s rides will be operating at just £1.50 at all times with the exception of Roller Coasters, the Pony

and Bungee Express Trampolines and 26 of the large rides will be just £2 midweek until 6pm. Visitors encouraged to log on to www.valentinesfair.co.uk for free fun fair vouchers which are valid anytime and will reduce the large rides even further during this time to a bargain busting £1.50 each.

Admission is £1 (OAP’s and children under 1 metre free); Car Parking is free. The Valentines Fair was the first such fair in the World right here in Leeds twenty six years ago and has steadily grown into a huge spectacle with as many attractions as any theme park in the country.

Please make time for a cuppa Viaduct plans still on track F by Ken Ingram

or the second year running BITMO’s GATE in Belle Isle is to hold the annual Dementia ‘time for a cuppa’ event in support of dementia awareness. The money raised goes to help Admiral Nurses, who help take care of people with Dementia and their carers. As last year, I will co-ordinate the event with help from Carla and Donna of the GATE. The event is on Saturday 3 March 12-4pm. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Jane Dowson will be joining us from 1pm. Everyone is welcome. Come along to our Tea party with the Royal Doulton China dusted down. Sandwiches, cake and tea will be served.

Local MP Hilary Benn has been invited along with local councillors. Julie, as last year, will be singing - come along for a dance or sing along. Who remembers dancing to (Is This The Way To) Amarillo from last year?

Stars of Emmerdale have been invited, along with local Radio and TV stations, at this time we await their reply. An invite has gone to Buckingham Palace, you never know who will turn up. You can get an update on this

from my blog at southleedslife.com/dementiatime-cuppa-event-bitmos-gate/ The Fire service and the Police will be at the event giving out advice. Local community groups have also been invited. Hopefully we will also have a Tombola stall. If you would like to help run one of these, please e-mail me. We already have some amazing raffle prizes, but if can donate something for the raffle, please contact me at kenneth.ingram@sky.com So come along, there are many surprises in store. All the family are welcome for fun, music, tea and cake. BITMOs GATE community resource centre is located on Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle Road, LS10 3QH.

Festival stamps out the shhh! T

hink you know your library? Think again… Join us for the fourth edition of our Library Fest two weeks of unique and exciting events and activities at libraries across the city with something for everyone to enjoy! Events include performances, storytimes, crafts, coding, workshops, author events and chances to see treasures from our special collections. Private subscription library

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joining in again – see here for more information: www.theleedslibrary.org.uk Things you need to know: It doesn’t stop here! Events and activities run all through the year at libraries across the city. Find out more by visiting our website or following us on

social media. Events whatson.leeds.gov.uk Under 5s www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/Pag es/Under-5s.aspx There are hundreds of digital learning activities every month in Leeds Libraries. Improve your internet skills, explore your interests online or get creative in Studio12. Ask for a learning session at any of our libraries or visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/learning www.studio12.org.uk Unless otherwise stated, events are FREE and you can just turn up. Booking is required for some; please

check the listing. Access to venues may vary; please contact the venues directly for further information Events in South Leeds include a Family Quiz at Beeston Library; an over 60s music making event at Hunslet Library and a Pyjama Drama Workshop at Dewsbury Road Community Centre. Plus The Storytellers will be visting all three libraries - find out what happens when Goldilocks keeps wandering into the wrong fairytales. You find details of dates and times in our What’s On listings. For more information visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/libraryfest

Meeting last summer under the Holbeck Viaduct arches he slow-burning plan to and one of the project's reopen the iconic Holbeck steering group members, rail viaduct to the public commented: continues, with an open "This is a big long-term meeting coming up on Tuesday undertaking, but we're chipping 6 February - for people to find away, and making progress. out more, and perhaps get Please join us in February to involved. find out more, to help shape The viaduct is a Victorian what we're doing, to perhaps masterpiece that runs from just help out - and we are in outside the station, through particular looking for 2-3 Holbeck, and past Elland Road. people to join our informal It's laid unused since the steering group. Nothing is 1980s, and local residents guaranteed - but if we're have been working together patient, we might pull this thing since 2013 to try to see it off, and create a great thing for reopened to the public - as a the city." park, events space, walkway, The public meeting is on and more. Tuesday 6 February, 6.30pm at Growing numbers of projects the Midnight Bell pub on Water like this have sprung up around Lane in Holbeck. Further info the world following the lead of on the project at or the acclaimed New York holbeckviaduct.org.uk, search for 'Holbeck Viaduct' on Highline. Ed Carlisle, local resident Facebook or Twitter.

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Full contact details can be found in our online What’s On guide at www.southleedslife.com/events Every Monday Bridge Cafe 9:30am-2:30pm Watsonian Pavilion, Cross Flatts Park Women & Girls’ Drop In 9:30am-12pm Asha Neighbourhood Project 43 Stratford Street, Beeston Computers with Digital Angels 10-11:30am Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Ave Lychee Red – Chinese Elders Gp 10am-12pm Belle Isle Family Centre, Belle Isle Road Friendship Group 10am-12pm Belle Isle Family Centre Julie’s Ancestry Group 10am & 1pm BITMO’s GATE Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle Road Crafts 10-11:30am Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Avenue Salsa-cise 11:30am-12:30pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Beeston. Lunch Club 11:30am-1pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Ave Lunch Club 12-1:30pm Cottingley Community Centre Bowling 12:30-4pm Cross Flatts Park Christmas arts and crafts 1-3pm BITMOs GATE, Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle Road Women’s Wellbeing Group 1-3pm Belle Isle Family Centre, Belle Isle Road Dance 2-3pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Avenue Triathlon Training 4:15-5:45pm Middleton Cycle Hub Kickboxing 6-8:30pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Hunslet Warriors Juniors 6-7pm Warrior Park, The Oval South Leeds Sisters running 6.15pm South Leeds Stadium St Matthew’s Youth Club 6:30-8:30pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Women’s Couch to 5K running 6:30-7:30pm Middleton Park Bike Hub, LS10 3TN Zumba 7pm Middleton Parochial Hall Middle Tones Singing Group 7-9pm Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre, Acre Close, Middleton Adult Jazz & Tap Dance 7-8pm Cottingley Community Centre Zumba 7-8pm Hamara Centre, Tempest Road, Beeston Every Tuesday Mums & Tots 9-11am Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Belle Isle Bridge Cafe 9:30am-2:30pm Watsonian Pavilion, Cross Flatts Park Keep Fit for over 55’s 9:30am Trinity Network, Belle Isle, Nesfield church hall Tots, Tea and Toast 9:30-11:15am St Luke’s Church, Malvern Road, Beeston Heart to Heart Breakfast

9:30am Asha Neighbourhood Project, 43 Stratford Street Coffee Morning 9:30am-12pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Beeston HEA’s Tea & Toast breakfast 10am-12pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Baking 10-11am Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Ave Breastfeeding Support 10am-12pm Middleton Family Centre, 252-262 Sissons Road Friendship Group 10am-12pm Hunslet Methodist Church, Telford Terrace, Balm Rd General fitness over 55's 10-11am St Anthony's church hall, Beeston Community Coffee Morning 10-11:30am Beeston Library HEA’s Singing Group 11am-12pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Knit & Natter 10:30am-12pm Middleton Park Visitor Centre Gentle Exercise 11.30am-12:30pm Cottingley Community Centre Lunch Club 11:30am-1pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Ave Lunch Club 12pm Woodhouse Hill Community Centre, Hunslet HEA’s Lunch Club 12:15-1:30pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Bowling 12:30-4pm Cross Flatts Park Social Afternoon 1:30-3pm Woodhouse Hill Community Centre, Hunslet Line Dancing 2-3:30pm Middleton Community Centre Rainbows, Brownies, Guides 4:30-9:15pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Inside Out wellbeing group 6-8pm Conservative Club, Ring Road Middleton Women’s Boot Camp 6:45-7:45 Middleton Park Bike Hub, LS10 3TN Craft & Social Evening 6:30pm Woodhouse Hill Community Centre, Hunslet Carr Free Football Sessions 6:30-7:30pm 8-12 year olds 7:30-8:30pm 13-16 year olds Holbeck Community Centre, Elland Road, LS11 0AB South Leeds Lakers running 7pm from Beeston Co-op Every Wednesday Bacon Butty Breakfast 9-11am Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Ave Messy Time 9:15-11am Middleton Play & Learning Centre, Throstle Lane Parents and Toddlers 9:15-11:15am Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Get Fit Where You Sit 9:15-10:15 Lane End Primary School, Beeston Road City Tots 9:30-11am City Evangelical Church, Cemetery Road

Pop Up Council Services 9:30am-2:30pm Cottingley Community Centre Chair mobility 10-10:45am Trinity Network, Belle Isle, Nesfield church hall Breaklfast Club & Foodbank 10am-12pm Hunslet Methodist Church, Telford Terrace Rags to Riches Sewing Group 10am-12pm Tenants Hall Ent. Centre, Acre Close, Middleton HEA’s Shopping Trip 10am-1pm Holbeck Elderly Aid, Domestic Street CAP Job Club 10am-12pm Two Willows Children’s Centre, Cardinal Sq Community Craft Cafe 10am-12pm Church of the Nazarene, Hunslet Hall Road Money Advice 10:15am-3pm St George’s Centre, Middleton Walk and Talk 12-1pm BITMOs GATE, Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle Free Zumba 12-12:45pm Middleton Leisure Centre HEA’s Lunch & Film Afternoon 12-3pm Ingram Gardens Community Centre, Holbeck Lunch Club 12:30pm Salvation Army, Hunslet Hall Road, Beeston Grandparents’ Group 12:30-2:30pm Tenants Hall Ent. Centre, Acre Close, Middleton Line Dancing 1:45pm Trinity Network, Nesfield Road, Belle Isle At Home In Holbeck 2-3pm Ingram Road Primary School Walk and Talk 2-3pm meet outside Greggs, Middleton Park Circus Knit and Crochet Group 3-5pm Costa Coffee, Crown Point Retail Park Aerobics and Dance 3:30-4:30pm Cottingley Primary Academy DAZL Dance class (6-12yrs) 4:45-5:45pm Watsonian Pavilion Cross Flatts Park, Beeston DAZL Dance class 5-6pm Cottingley Community Centre Ladies Fitness Class 6-7pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street 1st Beeston Beaver Scouts 6-7:30pm St Andrews Community Centre, Cardinal Road, Beeston Hunslet Warriors Juniors 6-7pm Warrior Park, The Oval City Kids (R-Y6) 6-7:15pm City Evangelical Church, Cemetery Road General fitness 6:15-7:15pm Belle Isle Family Centre Cottingley Youth Club 6:30-8:30pm Cottingley Community Centre Zumba 6:30pm Middleton Parochial Hall, Town Street Women’s Couch to 5K running 6:30-7:30pm Middleton Park Bike Hub, LS10 3TN

Zumba 7-8pm Hamara Centre, Tempest Road, Beeston Middleton Mavericks running 7pm South Leeds Stadium Martial Arts 7-9pm Beeston Juniors, Cardinal Square Clubbercise 7:30-8:30pm St John & St Barnabas Church Hall, Belle Isle Camera Club 8pm upstairs at St George’s Centre, Middleton Every Thursday Mums & Tots 9-11am Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Belle Isle Charity Shop 9:30am-3pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Bridge Cafe 9:30am-2:30pm Watsonian Pavilion, Cross Flatts Park HEA’s Community Cafe 10-11:30am St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Ping Pong / Model Making 10-11:30am Middleton Community Centre Middleton Park Estate Volunteers 10am-3pm Middleton Park Visitor Centre New Lives Group 10-11:30am Cottingley Children’s Centre Storytime (under 5s) 11-11:30am Dewsbury Road Community Hub, Beeston Chair based mobility group 11:15am-12:30pm Beeston Village Community Ctr Lunch Club 11:30am-1pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Ave Lunch Club 12pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Beeston Line Dancing 1pm Trinity Network, Nesfield Road, Belle Isle Little Explorers Baby Group 1-2:30pm Middleton Play & Learning Centre, Throstle Lane New Lives Group 1-2:30pm Two Willows Children’s Centre, Cardinal Square Digital Image Online Photography 1:15-3:15pm Cockburn Skills Hub, Gipsy Lane Social Afternoon 1:30-3pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Beeston Activites with Rocky 1:30-2:30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Ave Craft Group 1:30-3:30pm Cleveleys Court, Holbeck Vale Circles Autism Hub 2-7pm Vale Circles Centre, Tunstall Road, Beeston Kidz Klub Middleton 5:05-6:15pm Middleton Primary School, Middleton Park Avenue Mini & Junior Rugby 6-7pm Leeds Corinthians, Ring Road, Middleton Women’s Rounders 7pm Middleton Leisure Centre Indoor Bowls 7-10pm The Holbeck (WMC), Jenkinson Lawn

Youth Drop In 7-9pm Watsonian Pavilion, Cross Flatts Park Clubbercise 7:30-8:30pm Cottingley Community Centre Zumba 7:15pm Middleton Parochial Hall Every Friday Tea & Toast 9am Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Charity Shop, Tea & Toast 9am-12pm Beeston Hill United Free Church, Malvern Road Breastfeeding Support Group 9:45-11:15am Mothercare cafe, Crown Point Retail Park Under 5s Storytime 10-11am Dewsbury Road Library HEA’s Tea & Toast Breakfast 10am-12pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Cuppa, Toast and Games 10am-12pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Ave Middleton Minstrels Women’s Choir 10:30am-12:30pm Tenant Hall, Acre Close, Middleton Lunch Club 11:30am-1pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Ave Luncheon Club 12-1:30pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street HEA’s Fish & Chip Lunch Club 12:30-1:30pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Bowling 12:30-4pm Cross Flatts Park Krok Po Kroku (Polish Group) 12:30-2:30pm Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre, Acre Close, Middleton Ballroom Dancing 1-2:30pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Beeston HEA’s Games Afternoon 1:30-3pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Gentle Chair Exercise Class 1.30-2.30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Midd. Park Ave Rhymetime 2pm Beeston Library, Town St Urban Dance 4pm Cockburn School Holbeck Skate Park 5-6:30pm Holbeck Moor Girls Football 6-7pm Beeston Juniors, Cardinal

Square Church Lads’ & Girls Brigade 6-8pm St John & St Barnabas Church, Belle Isle Road Friday Night Project 6-9pm Middleton Leisure Centre 1st Beeston Cub Scouts 6:15-7:45pm St Andrews Community Centre, Cardinal Road 1st Beeston Scouts 8-9:30pm St Andrews Community Centre, Cardinal Road, Beeston Every Saturday Breakfast Club 8:30-11am Vale Circles Centre, Tunstall Road, Beeston Cross Flatts parkrun 9am Watsonian Pavilion, Cross Flatts Park Police Contact Point 9:30-11:30am St George’s Centre, Middleton Kidz ‘n’ Co 10:30am-12:30pm Cottingley Community Centre Every Sunday Cross Flatts junior parkrun 9am, top of Cross Flatts Park

Thursday 1 February Hunslet Carr Residents Assoc 6:30pm Community Centre, Woodhouse Hill Avenue Beeston Community Forum 7:30pm Old White Hart, Town St Saturday 3 February No Stress Yoga 10-11:30am The Tetley, Hunslet Road Coffee morning 9am-12pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Coffee Morning 10am-12pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Cardinal Road, Beeston Tennis Open Day 10:30am-12pm; 2-3:30pm John Charles Centre For Sport Teens Club 1-5pm Vale Circles centre, Tunstall Road, Beeston Sunday 4 February Tennis Open Day 10:30am-12pm John Charles Centre For Sport, Middleton Grove Hunslet v Hunslet Club Parkside 3pm South Leeds Stadium, Middleton Grove, Beeston

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Monday 5 February Together With Tots 9:30-11:30am Two Willows Children’s Centre, Cardinal Square Lego Club 3:30-4:30pm Dewsbury Road Community Hub, Beeston HEA Supper Club 5-7pm Ingram Court, Holbeck Open Mic Night 7-9pm Dewsbury Road Community Hub, Beeston Tuesday 6 February Making Music For Over 60s 10-11:30am Hunslet Library, Church Street Mostly Men! 10am-12pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Beeston Camera Club 3-4:30pm Dewsbury Road Community Hub, Beeston Holbeck Viaduct Group 6:30pm The Midnight Bell pub, Water Lane, Holbeck Wednesday 7 February Hunslet Memories 12-2pm The Prospect pub, Moor Road, Hunslet Pot-a-Tea Dementia Café 1:30-3:30pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Beeston Lego Club 3:30-4:30pm Beeston Library, Town Street Thursday 8 February Pyjama Drama Workshop 11am-12pm Dewsbury Road Community Hub, Beeston Exhibitions Opening 6-8pm The Tetley, Hunslet Road Friday 9 February Valentine’s Elvis show 6:30pm St Joseph’s Catholic Club, Wjitfield Avenue, Hunslet Hunslet RLFC v Leeds Rhinos 7:30pm South Leeds Life, Middleton Grove, Beeston Saturday 10 February HEA Shopping trip 11:30-12:30pm from The Old Box Office, Domestic Street, Holbeck Sunday 11 February Run For Skye 11am Middleton Park Visitor Centre, off Town Street Monday 12 February HEA Memory Cafe 12:30-2:30pm Ingram Gardens Community Centre, Holbeck Family Quiz Night 5:30-7pm Beeston Library, Town Street Tuesday 13 February The Storytellers 11am-12pm Dewsbury Road Community Hub, Beeston Free play activity 1-3pm Middleton Park Visitor Centre, off Town Street Beeston Local History Society 8pm Beeston Parish Centre (small hall), Town Street Wednesday 14 February Free play activity 1-3pm Middleton Park Visitor Centre, off Town Street Thursday 15 February Jobs Day 9:30am-4pm BITMO’s GATE, Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle Road The Storytellers 11am-12pm Beeston Library, Town street St Luke’s Tenants & Residents

6pm St Luke’s Church, Malvern Road, Beeston Bereavement Support Group 7-8:30pm St George’s Centre, Middleton Friday 16 February The Storytellers 11am-12pm Hunslet Library, Church Street Saturday 17 February Coffee morning 9am-12pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Ramblers group Meet 9am St Mary’s Church, Town Street, Beeston Young Archaeologists Club 10am-12pm Middleton Park Visitor Centre, off Town Street Teens Club 1-5pm Vale Circles centre, Tunstall Road, Beeston Sunday 18 February The Death Show 5-6pm Slung Low Theatre, 67-71 Bath Road Holbeck Monday 19 February HEA Morley Shop or Swim 9am-12pm from The Old Box Office, Domestic Street, Holbeck Together With Tots 9:30-11:30am Two Willows Children’s Centre, Cardinal Square HEA Supper Club 5-7pm Ingram Court, Holbeck Thursday 22 February Hunslet Remembered 10am-12pm Hunslet Library Saturday 24 February Family Art Workshop 11am-3pm The Tetley, Hunslet Road Sunday 25 February HEA Sunday Lunch 12-1:30pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck BITMO Lunch Club 1-3pm BITMO’s GATE, Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle Road Maltings Court Lunch Club 1-3pm Maltings Court, Maltings Road, Beeston Tuesday 27 February The Creatives 3:30-4:30pm Dewsbury Road Community Hub, Beeston Wednesday 28 February Tiny Tetley 10:30-11:30am; 11:45-12:45 The Tetley, Hunslet Road Cop Shop Memory Cafe 1-3pm Elland Road Police Station Thursday 1 March Public Transport consultation 5-8pm Leeds College of Building, Hunslet Road Hunslet Carr Residents Assoc 6:30pm Community Centre, Woodhouse Hill Avenue Beeston Community Forum 7:30pm Old White Hart, Town St Saturday 3 March Public Transport consultation 10am-2pm Hunslet Methodist Church, Telford Terrace, Balm Rd Coffee Morning 10am-12pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Cardinal Road, Beeston Time For A Cuppa? (Dementia) 12-4pm BITMO’s GATE, Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle Teens Club 1-5pm Vale Circles centre, Tunstall Road, Beeston

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Run, walk, hop or skip for Skye O

n Sunday 11 February 2017 Running for Skye will return to Middleton Park for the fourth year in a row. The fun run began in 2015 on Valentine’s Day in support of youngster Skye Sutcliffe after she suffered a shock diagnosis 10 months earlier at the age of just 20 weeks old. After initial fears of meningitis the young tot was found to have acute lymphoblastic and myeloid leukaemia; two rare forms of blood cancer. Skye sadly passed away on 1 December 2015. Organised by Amelia, Skye’s Nana the 5k fun run was a positive reaction to a terrible situation. Family, friends, runners and non-runners alike are urged to hop, skip, walk or run around the 2 lap course. Amelia commented: “Help

us keep Skye’s memory alive and kicking whilst raising crucial funds for an amazing local charity – Candlelighters. Let’s make it bigger and better this year, bring along a friend or two, have some fun, while you

hop Skip, Walk, or Run!” Chloe Marsh, Community Fundraiser at Candlelighters said: “Here at Candlelighters we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved with the Running for Skye

event. In 2017 alone over 120 children in Yorkshire were diagnosed with cancer, a diagnosis which turns family life upside down. In 2018 we want to continue supporting our families, including those we have yet to meet. We couldn’t do this without the support of events like Running for Skye.” Kim Groves, Middleton Park Ward councillor urges as many folk to take part: “I am delighted that Running for Skye is taking place again. I am sure the South Leeds community and beyond will once again show their support for the family and Candlelighters Charity. “Skye made us all feel humble through her bravery and her unforgettable smile. And her family are creating a legacy by helping others at their time of need.”

Spring clean for Malverns In brief T

he St Luke’s Tenants and Residents Group will be marking The Great British Spring Clean with a litter pick around Malvern Road in Beeston. The event takes place on Sunday 3 March. Meet at St Luke’s Church from 2pm, where you will be provided with safety equipment and refreshments. Organiser Aleric Hall said: “It a great opportunity to do something positive in our community and meet some of your neighbours.”

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rm In Arm is a new memory cafe starting at Middleton Elderly Aid’s Social Centre at the corner of Acre Road and Middleton Park Avenue. The monthly cafe is a welcoming space for people living with dementia and their carers. The first session will be held on Wednesday 28 February from 1:30-3pm.

Councillors and residents picking litter on Beeston Road

Anyone for tennis? T

The Parker family at JCCS Tennis Centre

he Tennis Centre at John Charles Centre for Sport is holding two Open Days for children aged 3-10. The indoor sessions are free and there’s no need to book. Tennis games, inflatables, rallies and other activities are all promised. Equipment will be provided. There are three sessions: Saturday 3 February 10:30am12pm; or 2-4pm; and Sunday 4 February 10:30am-12pm.

Cookery course at GATE J

amie Oliver’s Ministry of Food is coming to Belle Isle to run a beginners cookery course, starting on Tuesday 6 February at BITMO’s GATE community resource centre. On the eight week course you will learn to cook tasty, affordable and nutritious meals from scratch. You will: • cook Jamie Oliver recipes;

• be taught new skills and techniques; • learn about nutition and healthy eating; • take home your tasty creations; • learn to shop clever with nifty tips to budget and save; • learn about food hygiene and safety; • and cook with fresh ingredients.

Ministry of Food courses are practical, hands on, friendly and fun. One past student said: “It’s hard to believe that eight weeks ago my family said I was terrible in the kitchen. Now I have the confidence to cook whatever I want.” For more information and to book your place call (0113) 378 2190 or email: gate@belleisletmo.co.uk.

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ulie Holmes runs an Ancestery Group at BITMO’s GATE centre in Belle Isle every Monday. If you ever thought about tracing your family tree this is a great place to start. You’ll have access to computer software and Julie’s guidance in looking through the Census and other historical records. Sessions run 10am-12pm and 1-3pm.

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ot one, not two, but NINE Elvis tribute acts will be on stage at St Joseph’s Catholic Club in Hunslet on Friday 9 February. Doors open at 6:30pm for this Valentine’s celebration and tickets are just £5.


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Rugby success for Cockburn and Warriors U16s Hunslet Warriors under 16s won the Barla Yorkshire cup defeating Lock Lane 16 - 6 in the final. The match was played on Saturday 20 January at Featherstone Rovers’ ground. The try scorers for Warriors were Joe Maloney, Andrew Stewart and Robbie Davidson. Harry Shackleton kicked two goals and was also Man of the Match. Meanwhile the Cockburn School Year 9 boys rugby team won the Leeds and Hunslet schools plate,

Hunslet Warriors Under 16s

Hunslet launch their season H

unslet RLFC had their first run out of preseason at Bootham Crescent on Sunday 28 January where they lost to York City Knights. The final scoreline of 306 did not tell the whole tale as Hunslet kept this to a 6 point game for 75 minutes. Hunslet Coach Gary Thornton was positive after the match explaining that he’d used this first match to give a lot of different players opportunities through the match, that as a squad they were still getting know each other and get match fit. Thornton took over the squad in the middle of the last campaign and has rebuilt it over the summer. He has taled about the importance of bringing in players with Championship experience to help the younger players develop and of strengthening the pack. He was certainly pleased with the way his players approached the game “I thought our initial contact were good and we hit hard today” George Flanagan scored

Photo: Steve Gaunt/Touchlinepics.com Hunslet’s only try of the game. On Twitter Jack Coventry commented: “Good hit out for the @HunsletRLFC Boys today! Definitely blew a few cobwebs off but we go again!” Hunslet moves no to two derby games in a week, both at South Leeds Stadium. On Sunday 4 February they play Hunslet Club Parkside, now just one rung below them in the top tier of amateur rugby. Hunslet RLFC will be keen to avenge last year’s shock defeat in this fixture. Then on Friday 9 February they take on the Leeds

400 runners line up on The Clearings. Photo: Steve Bavill

Rhinos for the Harry Jephson OBE Memorial Cup. League 1 kicks off with a visit to Hemel Stags on Sunday 18 February, followed by a home match against Whitehaven on 4 March. South Leeds Life will be covering every match, but we are still looking for people to join our writing team - especially for away games. We can help you with writing tips, you just need to bring your rugby knowledge. If you are interested in joining us please email: info@southleedslife.com.

beating Allerton High School 38-14 at the Leeds Rhinos training facilities in Kirkstall. After a close first half which ended 10-10, Cockburn started the faster and stronger in the second half and dominated as their resilience shone through. Both teams played with great commitment and respect and deserved the praise they received from the Leeds Rhinos foundation who tweeted "Great game, well done to all involved". Cockburn School Year 9 Boys

Aiming high with darts T

by Steve Firth

he 2018 Bradford Darts Season kicked off on Saturday 6 January at Rowland Road WMC. It was a very good start to the new season with 116 entrants in the men's competition, 16 in the ladies’ and 10 in the youth competition a total of 142 entrants. Amongst the day’s entrants were ex BDO now PDC player Martin (The Assassin) Atkins, PDC player Darren Johnson and BDO player Brian (Doggy) Dawson so competition was of a high standard. With so many entrants who also bring along family and friends for support it was a very busy day for the club with around 250 or more people to look after. The first men's competition of the season saw Terry Temple who narrowly beat Johnathan Hewitt,

A packed house for darts at Rowland Road Club who was last season's Grand Final Unfortunately due to the fact winner, whilst Louise Stockings that the club was very busy and beat Sharon Whitfield in the ladies had a full carpark, some people in competition. The youth final was attendance had to park on the won by Tyler Asking who beat road outside the carpark and three sibling Finley Asking. vehicles were targeted by thieves The next event at Rowland Road with windows been smashed and WMC is on Saturday 7 April, but belongings stolen from the glove competitions are run every two boxes. The Police did attend but weeks at other venues, see during that weekend around 17 Bradford Dart Promotions website cars were targeted around the for details. area that were reported.

Lakers host cross country O

n Sunday 8 January 2018 the South Leeds Lakers welcomed the West Yorkshire Winter League (WYWL) to Middleton Park. The running club, which grew out of Cross Flatts parkrun, was only set up three years ago. This was the first race they had hosted. 400 runners from 14 clubs arrived at the John Charles Centre for Sport and then walked up to

start of a six mile course on The Clearings. The field included seasoned trail runners as well those still new to running - all are welcomed at these events. Whilst many Lakers were competing, others volunteered as stewards, admin, first aid, etc. A few family members were roped in too. The usual Lakers spirit of good humour and enthusiasm was on display.

Steve Boyer head of WYWL took to Facebook after the event and said: “Wow, how good was that! First event from South Leeds Lakers and they didn’t disappoint. Lovely weather, very runnable course, lots of supportive & cheerful marshals and all led magnificently by Steve Woods and his team.” South Leeds Lakers meet every Tuesday, 7pm at Beeston Co-op.

South Leeds Life 37 Feb17  

Community news from Beeston, Belle Isle, Cottingley, Holbeck, Hunslet, Middleton and Stourton in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

South Leeds Life 37 Feb17  

Community news from Beeston, Belle Isle, Cottingley, Holbeck, Hunslet, Middleton and Stourton in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

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