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Issue 80 | November 2021

Covering Beeston, Belle Isle, Cottingley, Holbeck, Hunslet, Middleton, Riverside & Stourton


In this issue:

Councillor fights for crossing safety

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Beeston’s award winning Wikimedian

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Mafeking residents battle Airbnb “nightmare” by Ed Carlisle


esidents of a Beeston neighbourhood are on tenterhooks, anxiously awaiting the outcome of a planning application relating to developments that they say have already ‘ruined’ their community – in a case that has considerable relevance to the wider public across south Leeds and beyond. The developers, for their part, claim that the residents are running a ‘hate campaign’ against them. The dispute centres around two houses on Mafeking Grove and Mafeking Avenue, just off Dewsbury Road. These were converted to short-stay serviced accommodation earlier this year by a company called Aphrodite Suites, and listed on websites including Airbnb from March. Aphrodite Suites rent out a number of these luxury ‘holiday lets’ across West Yorkshire, featuring jacuzzis, smart TVs, high-end fittings and furniture, and more; they fetch up to £230 per night. Their listings are awash with glowing reviews – although there’s also a significant thread of negatives. On the Mafekings, residents allege that their previously quiet and neighbourly cul-desacs have – to quote one resident – been “ruined’ by the anti-social behaviour of many of the Aphrodite Suite guests. They insist that the two houses – two bedroom back-to-backs that open straight onto the

street – have played host week after week to (often noisy) sex work and ‘hook-ups’, prolific drug and alcohol use, and loud late-night parties (with up to 25 attendees) that often spill into the street. Following the involvement of the police and Council officers, it emerged that the properties didn’t have the relevant planning permission – and the owners submitted a retrospective application in late July, whilst (legally) continuing to trade. Further police involvement saw the properties served with a ‘partial closure’ notice via a court order in August, forbidding them from having more than four guests at once. Residents suggest that this has marginally improved the situation, but isn’t being policed by the owners, and has been breached several times – including twice in October. Residents and their supporters have since lodged dozens of objections via the Council’s planning portal – ahead of the case soon going to Plans Panel. Those objections speak of stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, children bed-wetting, loss of privacy and parking, environmental issues such as urination in the street, and noise and light pollution. Residents say it’s been “devastating”, “a misery” and “a nightmare”. They say they have documented evidence of everything, including photos and video footage – some of

Leeds Dads return to The Holbeck

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Young authors are in their Element

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Residents of Mafeking Grove & Avenue want their quiet streets back which we have seen. Several also added that the owners have been dismissive, intimidating, and even threatening when challenged. In a joint statement, local mums Rachel and Emma told us: ‘We’ve all had enough. A safe and friendly family street has become a street where we don’t let our children play out: you never know who’s going to be on the street, and there’s so much inappropriate behaviour. “We’re drained, some of us are now trying to move away, and it feels like we’re losing: we're doing everything by the book, but the owners and clients have faced no repercussions.” Continues on page 3

Batsman sweeps the board

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Transport vision: a city where you don’t need a car T

he Connecting Leeds transport strategy has set out a vision for ‘Leeds to be a city where you don’t need a car’, where everyone has an affordable, low carbon, healthy and accessible choice in how they travel. Leeds City Council has today (12 October 2021) set out ambitious plans to further transform transport and travel in the city over the next 10 years. Following on from an unprecedented investment of £380 million of infrastructure improvements already completed or underway, the council has today unveiled its latest Connecting Leeds transport strategy for the city setting out detailed plans for further major improvements up to 2030. Among the highlights of the plan are to: • Contribute a reduction of up to 43 per cent in CO2 emissions from transport by 2030. • Aim for a 30 per cent reduction in car mileage and a 130

per cent increase in bus usage. • To consider further measures to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions from transport to achieve 2030 Net-Zero carbon target. • Complete the first phase of investment in the public transport improvement programme, which sees until 2024, completing 30 infrastructure projects: • Transforming Leeds city centre, City Square, and city centre cycle walking and cycling improvements. • Outer ring road and bus corridor improvements, masterplans for Leeds Station and new rail stations at White Rose and Thorpe Park. • Understand how travel patterns have changed over the Covid-19 pandemic and how it will affect our priorities. • Review policies on road space re-allocation, spatial planning, and safe and sustainable travel. • Work alongside the Mayor and West Yorkshire Combined Authority

to secure more Government funding. • Continue with travel behaviour change initiatives across the Leeds district. The majority of public consultation responses endorse the approach, from just over 1,700 responses, 70 per cent agreed with the levels of ambition and vision.

n award-winning South Leeds brewery is expanding its production capacity and creating new jobs, after securing sevenfigure support from HSBC UK. Northern Monk, based in Holbeck, has used the funding from HSBC UK to acquire a BrauKon 60HL Brew House, increasing the brewery’s production capacity by 280 per cent, amounting to an extra two million gallons of beer per year. The expansion will provide Northern Monk with the capacity to create up to 14 new jobs, in roles operating the new brew kit, as well as within the expanding business operations. The brewery will use its increased brewing capacity to aim to grow its volume of exports by 50% per cent over the next 12 months. The brewery’s growth will enable Northern Monk to service more pubs and bars across the UK, whilst maintaining a growing supply to major retail partners. Russell Bisset, Founder and Managing Director of Northern Monk said: “This expansion will help us service the increase in demand for our products that we have been experiencing solidly over the past few years. The new brew kit will give us the opportunity to create lots of new beer and service larger contracts, whilst maintaining our commitment to high quality brewing.” Andrew Bennett, Area Director for

South & West Yorkshire, Business Banking at HSBC UK, said: “We are pleased to support Northern Monk and fund the latest development of an incredibly exciting business. As the hospitality trade opens again, we look forward to seeing the business continue to grow both domestically and

The Northern Monk brewery in Holbeck

The feedback also found that more needs to be done to reduce transport carbon emissions, but promisingly 58 per cent of replies said they are willing to change to a lower carbon mode. Leeds City Council Leader Councillor James Lewis, said: “We need to continue to get people to move away from their cars to reduce air pollution and deliver an affordable, reliable, safe and zero carbon public transport network for the city which supports streets for people and unlocks the power of transport for a fairer, greener and a more prosperous Leeds.”

The strategy aims to improve public transport

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internationally.” Northern Monk is a Best Companies 2-star accredited independent brewery. Northern Monk recently came 60th in the UK’s 100 Best Small Companies to Work for 2021, 46th in Yorkshire & The Humber’s 75 Best Companies to work for 2021 and placed 6th in

the Food and Drink top 10. Additionally, the business was recently named ‘Yorkshire’s Fasting Growing company’ in the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 and placed 49th on the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies list. The funding was allocated from HSBC UK’s national SME Fund, part of its commitment to help British businesses innovate and grow as the country looks to rebound from the Covid-19 health crisis. The new £15 billion SME Fund has been announced by HSBC UK, with £400 million committed to supporting SMEs in West Yorkshire.


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Councillor fights to make Call for better autism busy road crossing safer awareness at Aldi by Jeremy Morton


young man with autism was forcibly stopped by a security guard at the Aldi store on Tunstall Road in Beeston. The incident happened on Thursday 14 October when Liam (not his real name) went to buy lunch. Liam, 22, is a student at the Leeds City College’s nearby Joseph Priestley Centre. Many of the students with special educational needs are encouraged to use local shops such as Aldi at lunchtime.

although Aldi says his lanyard was not visible. In a statement an Aldi spokesperson said: “We were sorry to hear of Liam’s experience in store and have apologised for this misunderstanding. We have spoken to the security team at our Holbeck* store to remind them of our procedures.” We spoke to Pete Hughes CEO of the charity Leeds Autism Services, who commented: “As a general rule, I think that physically apprehending

might miss other social cues. “For autistic people in particular, a calm, clear explanation of what is happening, using straightforward language would be very useful, and it would probably help keep anxieties low enough to ensure the situation is dealt with calmly and effectively. “My belief is that all public facing staff should be given awareness training about autism and other hidden disabilities. “Although lanyards can be

Cllr Scopes on the crossing at the busy Tommy Wass junction


ouncillor Andrew Scopes (Beeston & Holbeck) is fighting to get railings reinstalled at a busy road crossing used by school children. The central pedestrian refuge between the two carriageways of Dewsbury Road at the Tommy Wass junction has been left without railings following works relating to the new cycleway. The crossing is used twice a day by hundreds of children walking to Cockburn School every day. “I’m worried that there could be a tragic accident at this junction” he said. “Teenagers are not always as responsible as we would hope and I’m

worried light hearted jostling could end up with a child falling into the road. “This is a busy stretch of road with a 40 mph speed limit. We’ve already seen the new railings on the pub corner demolished in a traffic accident. “I’m in touch with officers in the Highways department and I’m hopeful railings will be reinstalled at this junction quickly.” It’s not clear exactly why railings weren’t put back when the refuge was rebuilt, but other crossings at Barkly Parade, Middleton Grove and Hunslet Fire Station have also been left without railings. A response from Highways

Under siege Continued from page 1 “The planning system’s outdated, and takes little consideration to what residents have to endure, living next to a holiday house, despite there being no planning permission. Nobody should have to live like this” they said. Local councillors have also become involved, and Cllr Andrew Scopes (Beeston & Holbeck) added: “My colleagues (Cllrs Angela Gabriel and Gohar Almass) and I are working alongside residents, the Leeds anti-social behaviour team, and the police to address concerns residents have raised with us. In addition we are objecting to the backdated planning applications that have been made, and encouraging those who we are working with to do the same.” However, Aphrodite Suites have vigorously denied any wrongdoing. Property owner Ozman Hussein told us: “These are super luxury properties, so we wouldn’t

allow parties. I’m respectful of the neighbours, and would not allow or do any anti-social behaviour. We take the court order very seriously: we show it to all guests (who are vetted), we take their IDs, make them sign forms to ensure they respect house rules, and make several visits to the site. “The neighbours claim there are sometimes up to 20 people, and lots of cars – but we have CCTV footage to prove that this is a fabrication; whoever wants to see the footage is free to do so. Despite all this, the neighbours have a hate campaign against us.” Locally and globally, the homestay ‘gig economy’ – characterised by brands like Airbnb – is booming. Airbnb is worth £30bn and operates in over 200 countries, with 150 million users, and 4 million hosts – earning about £5,000 per year on average. The company and others like it have been lauded for democratising the hospitality

officers seen by South Leeds Life stated: “We have designed the island so that there are raised kerbs on both sides to guide pedestrians to the crossing and it allows us to create a more open environment.” Cllr Scopes is also looking into issues at the junctions of Allenby Road, Allenby Drive and Westland Road with Dewsbury Road. Residents have raised issues about visibility for drivers joining Dewsbury Road as they now have to cross the cycle path and concerns about the lack of signage warning them that it is a two way cycle path and to look both ways before crossing it. industry, but also face growing criticism for their unregulated approach. Concerns focus around longterm residents being priced out and displaced in some places – and also allegations like these, that some properties cause anti-social behaviour. Leeds has seen several legal battles, including a longrunning one on the Calls between 2016-2019 – which was ultimately resolved in the favour of the local residents. Some local authorities are now regulating properties advertised on Airbnb and similar websites. Many homestay lets take place – as the word suggests – in the host’s own home (for instance, someone renting out their spare room), and these do not typically require planning permission; however, in cases where the host isn’t resident, they normally do. As well as reporting to the police and Council, local residents can also report concerns direct to the companies through whom properties are rented – for instance, at: /neighbours.

The Aldi store on Tunstall Road in Beeston Not finding anything he wanted for lunch he tried to leave the store, but according to his mother the security guard grabbed Liam’s backpack and pulled him back into the store. As the security guard wasn’t wearing an Aldi uniform, Liam was confused and thought he was being robbed. The incident left him extremely upset. Liam’s mother went to the store and spoke to the manager who apologised after viewing CCTV of the incident. She says Liam was wearing a lanyard to identify that he had autism and the security guard should have respected that,

someone should always be the last resort, and I would expect a security guard to attempt to stop someone verbally first. “Some autistic people have delayed sensory processing, so if they didn’t respond to a verbal prompt, it could be best to try and get their attention visually, possibly by getting ahead of the person and trying to gain their attention face on. “I think the absence of a uniform is probably very relevant in this case. People often rely on uniforms to identify people’s job roles, and this is particularly important for many autistic people, who

very helpful for some people, many won’t feel happy to wear one, possibly because they don’t want to stand out from the crowd, or advertise the fact they have a disability. “By getting things right for autistic people, we make life a bit better for everyone, including the staff who work in shops. A calm, clear and straightforward approach to situations such as this usually gets the best results, regardless of whether or not someone has a disability.” * Aldi refer to the branch on Tunstall Road as their Holbeck store

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uge thanks to all those who support South Leeds Life, and who tell us they enjoy it! If you really like us, might you consider joining our board of directors, and help us run the organisation? South Leeds Life is a Community Interest Company (CIC), owned and managed by a group of local residents. Working closely with our editor, Jeremy Morton, the Board meets once a month (currently online, although we hope to restart face-to-face meetings soon) to discuss and organise all aspects of the organisation, including finances, editorial

direction and reader engagement. There are extra meetings and responsibilities to take on, if you have capacity. And we would also hope that you would help form connections into your community and networks, and help build our local presence and profile. To find out more, or to submit an application, get in touch: by email or via social media. We ask all applicants to send in 200 words, setting out what skills, knowledge and experience you would bring, and details of what you would

change to improve South Leeds Life. We are open to applications from anyone living in the LS10 or LS11 areas, and are especially keen to hear from those in LS10. Applications are welcome anytime, but we are specifically looking to recruit one or two extra members this autumn; we would therefore encourage people to apply by the end of November. You can find out more about the work of our Board and who our current members are at: meet-the-board-members/

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On the beat Club and Hamara who are delivery a range of diversionary activities for young people across your area. Despite all the efforts of the partnership, sadly a number of young people will still engage in anti-social behaviour. There are a number of ways that these issues can be reported so please report them to the relevant service so that we can take the appropriate action and prevent further offending or anti-social behaviour.

• Contact LASBT via LASBTreport The South Neighbourhood Policing Team hope that people enjoy this period in a safe manner, being mindful and respecting your neighbours and others (including our furry friends!). Leeds City Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team adds: “Tackling the anti-social use of fireworks is a priority for Safer Leeds. LASBT will continue to work with our

most of the celebrations while making safety a priority this bonfire night: “If possible, it’s best to go to an organised event as the bonfires and firework shows are bigger and more spectacular, as well as of course being much safer. But if you do plan to have a bonfire in your own garden then please follow our guidance. “That includes only adults buying fireworks, and only from a reputable retailer. Read and

by Insp Lucy Leadbeater


can’t believe that the bonfire period is back around again! I am really pleased that this year will look different to last year with certain events being able to be held and people can come together once again for bonfire and fireworks. The important message from police and partners this year is to consider safety as the number one priority. Whilst we want people to enjoy themselves then this must be done in a safe manner having consideration for your neighbours and wider communities. The police and other emergency services often see an increase in anti-social behaviour and nuisance type calls for service in the lead up to bonfire night. In order to try and reduce this we have had a series of partnership meetings with numerous agencies including police, Leeds AntiSocial Behaviour Team (LASBT), fire, youth services, housing, cleansing as well as your Councillors. We have focused on the prevention of offences and diversions for young people. We are working with some excellent projects including Youth Services, The Hunslet

It’s best to go to an organised event • Calling 999 in an emergency. You can also text using the emergency SMS facility by texting 999. You need to register first by texting 'register' to 999 • Call 101 for nonemergencies • Use our LiveChat facility at www.westyorkshire.

Always follow the firework code • • • • • • • • • • • •

Stand well back Keep pets indoors Keep fireworks in a closed box Only buy fireworks that are CE marked Light at arm’s length, using a taper Follow the instructions on each firework Never give sparklers to a child under five Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks Always supervise children around fireworks Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them Never go near a firework that has been lit – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode

partners to prevent and deter this behaviour, however where appropriate we will support West Yorkshire Police with the use of tools and powers available to tackle those individuals engaged in misuse of fireworks that are causing alarm and nuisance to the public.” Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, Inner South Community Committee Safety Champion and also Chair of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel said: “Fireworks if mis-used can be dangerous and deadly. Every year we get complaints of their anti-social use and activities that lead to injuries sadly, when fireworks are used to target members of the public with the intent to harm. “Please make sure the young people in your household know the danger to themselves and others by miss use of fireworks. They should be things that bring joy – not cause harm but that lesson starts at home, not just via the police or the city council.” West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging bonfire revellers to make the

follow the Fireworks Code. Think carefully about where you place your bonfire, how you will keep it under control and how you’ll make sure both adults and youngsters are safe around the fireworks and the flames. “Staying safe with sparklers is crucial. Sparklers should never be given to a child under five, must always be held at arm’s length and in a gloved hand. Once they have gone out put sparklers in bucket of water or sand. “Look out for the hashtag #BanginBonfire” Bonfire safety tips Once a bonfire is lit, make sure you: • keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies • don’t leave the bonfire unattended • keep children and pets away from the bonfire • don’t throw any fireworks into the fire • don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint – many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury


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dangerous driver who knocked down and killed a man while speeding in Hunslet has been jailed. Dawood Kasuji (28) of Park Close, Batley was jailed for six years at Leeds Crown Court on 7 October for causing the death by dangerous driving of Stephen James Linley (33) on Black Bull Street in Hunslet. Officers from the Major Collision and Enquiry Team said the case was a tragic example of the appalling consequences of dangerous driving. The court heard Kasuji had been driving passengers in a BMW 325 at speeds of 55mph or more when he hit Stephen on Black Bull Street near Armouries Way during the evening of Friday 12 October 2018. Stephen, who had been crossing the road at the time, tragically died at the scene as a result of the injuries he suffered. Kasuji was arrested and charged and later unanimously found guilty by a jury after denying the offences and opting for a trial. DC Clare Barran of the Major Collision and Enquiry Team, said: “This has been a dreadful case in which a much loved and respected man with his whole life ahead of him has been robbed of his future by another man who was effectively showing off. “The tributes paid to Stephen speak volumes about his character and his loss continues to haunt his family to this day. “Kasuji chose to increase their suffering by putting them through a trial and I am pleased he has been sentenced following a unanimous guilty verdict. “I would also like to thank witnesses who came forwards and provided key information which supported the investigation and helped put Kasuji behind bars. “This case stands as a tragic example of the dreadful consequences dangerous

Jailed: Dawood Kasuji driving can have.” In a statement after sentencing, Stephen’s family said: “The family would like to recognise the efforts of all of the officers who have worked on the case, especially the family liaison officer who has kept us informed throughout. “We are also deeply grateful to the people who responded at the time of the impact and offered what assistance they could in the face of a violent road traffic event. “Stephen was a popular and much loved young man. He had his life exactly where he wanted it, a loving family, firm friends, supportive colleagues and a job that fulfilled him in a city he loved. “Best of all, he had met the love of his life, his soul mate and had shared his plans with us to propose and get married. “It is not just Stephen’s life that has viciously been taken from us, his little brother has lost his childhood through the mental trauma it has caused him, his sister has lost a supportive and loving brother, we have lost our future daughter in law and the prospect of grandchildren. “Stephen’s death was sudden, violent and completely avoidable. The ripples of the damage that has been caused, the pain we have felt and will feel for the rest of our lives rolls on. “The outcome of the case before the court will not change that, it will not bring Stephen back.“



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Landlord saviour after bungalow fire by Khya Gott


n September a bungalow in Belle Isle caught fire, with two households affected, landlords BITMO helped to ensure both parties had somewhere to stay whilst carrying out structural surveys and electrical safety checks. At the start of what was a difficult period, BITMO (Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation) helped one tenant into temporary hotel accommodation whilst providing a daily allowance for out of pocket expenses. Additionally, the fire victim was moved into a freshly decorated, carpeted home with furniture and equipped with the essential items he needs.

The work that landlords do is often scrutinised and judged, however, this kind and necessary act is just one example of how they are there to help and will do everything they can to assist. In a statement, BITMO CEO Deborah Kelly said: “I feel hugely privileged that we are able to take such good care of our community, and so impressed at how well my colleagues worked to make sure vulnerable people were looked after, they all worked hard to do, not just the right thing, but the best thing.”

Going the extra mile in these situations helps to ensure the safety, well-being and health of their tenants is of a high standard. Mr Child from Belle Isle was unfortunate to have the fire happen in his bungalow, but speaking about what happened, he said: “It was the work that BITMO had ordered through the council that is how it happened and that is why they were obliged to help me with moving into this home otherwise I would have been homeless or living with my family. “But I don’t think the incident happened deliberately, it was a pure accident, and I don’t hold them to blame for it, it could have happened to anybody. “I was sat in the room, I came out and seen a pair of legs coming out of the loft shouting ‘get out, get out, I'm calling the fire brigade’ which was instant, and they were there within 10 minutes, they got here very quickly. “I couldn't thank them enough. BITMO have been very helpful ever since, they have given me support from the start and they are still supporting me now at every twist and turn. The welfare of the tenants is upmost in their minds.” Emergency housing and shelter is just one of the many things BITMO intend to do for their tenants in situations that require their help and in this situation their help and support managed to help guide their tenant through a difficult time. In October, BITMO hosted a community consultation event to grasp an idea of some of their tenants' concerns. After

Firefighters tackle the fire at the bungalow

Spanish Climate campaigners stop off in South Leeds Climate protesters marching from Zaragoza in Spain to Glasgow to lobby the COP26 climate conference passed through South Leeds on Friday 15 October. They were joined by local campaigners from Extinction Rebellion Leeds, Our Future Leeds and Climate Action Leeds. One marcher said: “I’m walking to be visible, to make my voice heard. To shout about the climate emergency, to engage others to shout out too, topressurise politicians to do more than make empty promises.” the event, CEO Deborah Kelly spoke to South Leeds Life about the company and Mr Child. “We are a tenant-led organisation and a customerdriven organisation, our board are majority tenants. This is important because they get to determine the standard and quality of the standard that we provide, which is quite different to the council and other housing associations. “Mr Child is a specific example, and we do that because we can and because we care and want to be the best possible landlord and there is no other organisation that would have done that. “Because we are small and local, we can think about what the customer needs in the circumstances rather than just ‘what’s our policy?’ It is nice to be able to help people.”

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Picnic marks World Mental Health Day

Revised plans for Active Travel Neighbourhood by Jeremy Morton


Cutting the cake on World Mental Health Day

by Sarah Bradley-Adam


ast month almost 40 people joined workers from Better Together partners Asha and Health For All, at a World Mental Health Day picnic in Cross Flatts Park. Enjoying a buffet provided by Sid and the café workers at The Bridge Café, attendees participated in a gentle ‘mental

health quiz’ about the things we all can do to help maintain good mental health. A shared lunch was eaten together in the park and then a gentle walk around Cross Flatts Park proved the benefits of walking in green space for reducing anxiety and stress. Local café users commented “I often feel so isolated sat at home, then when I come out to

the café and see lots of people here from the local community, I don’t feel so lonely any more.” Winner of the mental health quiz, Nasima Begum, won by answering correctly that when you feel down, the best things you can do are to phone a friend, go for a walk in some green space, or try to learn a new skill or do something creative, to help lift your mood.

New Chief Executive sets out vision for Unity T

he Chief Executive of Leeds-based housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise has told its Annual General Meeting that he will be guided by the organisation’s BME status and social purpose during his time at the helm. Cedric Boston, whose appointment was announced last month, said: “We’re not an ordinary housing association. Unity is much more than a housing association. Yes, we let houses, we provide housing

services and we maintain those houses. But we are primarily concerned with the people who live in those houses. And what we are quintessentially about is improving the lives of those people. “Our social purpose is to fight inequality, regenerate communities and provide opportunities for people. What motivates me and what Unity is about is giving those people within our communities, who suffer discrimination and

Shruti Bhargava and Cedric Boston at Unity’s AGM

disadvantage, an opportunity for their voices to be heard, an opportunity to showcase their talent and an opportunity to make the best of their lives.” “We want to do a lot more to improve people’s lives, which requires the business to continue to grow through Unity’s great work. “It also means looking at potential new income streams, ways in which we can attract additional resources to the business and partnering with other organisations, because we are a small organisation with big ambitions. We know we can do more if we collaborate with the right people who share our aspirations. We can produce more together than we can individually.” Welcoming Mr Boston to his role, Unity Chair Shruti Bhargava said she was “absolutely confident in the abilities both of our new Chief Executive and our staff to drive through the ambitious challenges set out in our corporate plan.”


onsultation has just closed on revised plans for an Active Travel Neighbourhood in the Cross Flatts area of Beeston. Under the scheme roads will be blocked to reduce ‘rat running’ through the area by motorists and promote safe walking and cycling. The barriers will allow full access to pedestrians, cyclists and those in mobility scooters. Motor vehicles will still be alble to access all properties in the area, but they need to approach from a particular direction.The barriers will be created using planters in the first instance, allowing them to be moved if necessary to help the scheme work better. The trial period will last for six

months. Consultation has been carried out with the emergency services and refuse collection who support the scheme. Plans were originally brought forward in August 2020, but concerns were raised by residents and Councillors about some residents having to turn right onto Dewsbury Road to reach other parts of Beeston. The new plan allows this group (the blue streets on the map below) to access Old Lane as an alternative. The plans were discussed by two focus groups before being shared with all residents in the area who were encouraged to comment on the plans via an online survey. Over 250 residents have responded to the survey. Most want to see lower traffic volumes and fewer speeding

cars, but opinion is divided about whether scheme should go ahead. One respondent said: “I'm very much in favour of the proposed scheme. It will reduce the amount of speeding and make the streets safer for everyone. Hopefully people will walk/cycle for short journeys and reduce air pollution.” Whilst another responded: “There would be only one entrance into the whole of the Allenby estate. Old Lane will become even more busy with traffic. These plans do not consider the residents who live on Old Lane and Dewsbury Road. Access will be restricted and while some roads will be quieter with traffic it’s only moving the traffic to the already congested main roads.”



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Double celebration at Middleton Railway by Jeremy Morton


iddleton Railway held a double celebration on 29 September as they unveiled the name plate for their new carriage shed and Vice President, Ian Smith was presented with a lifetime achievement award from Railway Magazine.. The carriage shed was made possible by a very generous bequest from the estate of the late Richard Holland. Richard was a long-standing volunteer at Middleton Railway and also a Trustee of the Steam Power Trust 65 which raised funds to save steam railway locomotives. Its first purchase was a North East Railway engine (1310) that has been based at MRT since the sixties and still runs today. The building name plate was unveiled by Paul Bickerdike, Editor of Railway Magazine and Ian Smith’s award was presented by his predecessor, Chris Milner, who was Editor when the award was originally announced in December 2020. Speaking to Ian after the presentation, he told me that his involvement started back in the 1960s when the area around Middleton Railway looked very different. Broom Colliery was still in production

Ian Smith recieves his award from Chris Milner of Railway Magazine and as well as Middleton railway line, there was the tramway which ran through Middleton woods and the Great Northern Railway line that ran from Beeston Junction to Hunslet “We played on the slag heaps and I remember one day seeing a tram hanging from a bridge. It was a double decker tram from Swansea being delivered to Middleton Railway. “I came along to the opening week. It was Leeds University Rag Week and it was free rides – they carried 7,000 people in

a week. “I got involved because I lived in Gasholder Street, where The Range is now, and one day I came across Fred Youell, the founder of Middleton Railway Trust, who was working on the Moor End branch of the railway and he got me to help him. “In 1969 there was a steam gala at the railway and that’s when I joined up aged 15, and I’ve been here ever since. “I did whatever needed doing, digging holes, sweeping up, anything. One day, I’d have been 17, a chap said “Have you

ever fired a railway engine? No? Right, now’s your time to learn it.” That’s how it happened and how you learned new skills. “I’ve done all sorts here, sales, I was Chairman for six years, I drove engines for years, but my health isn’t so good so I haven’t done that for a long time.” Progress for Middleton Railway has been gradual over the last 61 years, but there have been some significant steps that have moved things forward. In the early 1980s they were given an inner city grant by Leeds City Council which enabled them to build their first engine shed and shop at Moor Road. Prior to that everything had been in the open and their base was Dartmouth Yard, off Garnet Road. A Big Lottery Grant in 2006 paid for the building of the Moor Road station and museum that we see today. Ian would love to see more volunteers come forward to get involved in running the railway: “It’s very rewarding. You don’t have to be quite as extreme as me. I mean, let’s be right, this place has been my life. As a single bloke I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had this.” The Railway is very keen to hear from people with practical skills to work, or supervise work in the workshop, but there are many other jobs to do as the railway is run entirely by volunteers. To find out more go to or call in at Moor Road.

Wikimedian award for Lucy by Rebecca Townesend


or those of you who use Wikipedia to get information online you have a Wikimedian to thank. They are the editors of Wikipedia, or are active in other associated pages. Wikimedia is a catch all term for a number of different projects that aim to make the sum total of human knowledge accessible for all. Beeston resident Lucy Moore is a curator with the Leeds Museums and Galleries and a PhD student at the University of York. She spoke to South Leeds Life about the work she has taken part in to improve the diversity of information on Wikimedia which has led to her being awarded “Up and Coming Wikimedian of the Year 2021”, and specifically for "organising events and encouraging others in galleries, libraries, museums and archaeology to get involved with Wikimedia." Lucy explained why it is so important for lots of different people to become editors.

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Lucy Moore with her award “The beauty of Wikipedia and all the other Wikimedia projects is that anyone can contribute! However, the majority of contributors are white Englishspeaking men from the northern hemisphere. Understandably when people edit, they edit and create coverage in things they are interested in - which can create what we call content bias. A notable example is biographies of women - on English-language

Wikipedia less than 1 in 5 biographies are about women. “Many men are just less likely write about women. If you work to expand the pool of editors - not just in terms of gender, but to have people from all historically marginalised communities editing, then that doesn’t just broaden the content bit it also broadens how subjects are discussed.” If you are inspired by Lucy to get involved, she explained how easily you can get started; simply visit Wikipedia and click edit next to a Wikipedia article! There are lots of YouTube videos that you can watch to get going too. Lucy learnt to edit at an event run by West Yorkshire Queer Stories in 2019 and she would recommend events as “a really nice way to start out and there's quite a few happening on zoom now as well. Leeds Libraries has one coming up as

part of the Thought Bubble festival.” The Comics Wikithon takes place at Leeds Central Library on Thursday 11 November, 1:30-4:30pm. Once you are an editor you could take part in a Wikithon which Lucy would highly recommend: “They are a great way to encourage new editors and can cover any subject. I've mostly been involved with ones that focus on adding content about women but there's tonnes of possibilities! Usually organisers will have identified some content that’s not on Wikipedia and will then show people how to make edits and then we all just crack on. The idea is to make the environment as supportive as possible for people AND to improve the internet! “Wikipedia has a policy for only using reliable sources, and in a world of fake news, Wikipedia can be a great way of accessing neutral information on a topic.”

Asha’s trip to Pugneys Park

by Tahena Ahmed


sha Neighbourhood Project took a group of older and younger women to Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield to mark the International Day of Older People (IDOP). This year’s theme was Linking Lives and the walk and picnic in the park gave an opportunity for the older women to chat with younger women. The younger women prompted the conversations asking the older women to tell their life stories as they gathered around for picnic food. They talked about their past and present lives. The language barriers between them and their grandchildren.

The benefits and challenges of children and grandchildren growing up in the west. They discussed the impact of Covid 19 on families, their concerns surrounding vaccines and losing family members to the pandamic. Women reported feeling relieved talking about their fears concerning the conspiracy theories around the pandamic and the vaccines. One woman commented: “This is the first time I have felt safe to come out of house to meet up with other women. I am looking forward to coming to the older women’s group. In future I hope we can go away somewhere in the countryside and stay overnight – have a chance to relax and explore.”

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Resumed barge Ambassador accolade award for traffic to Leeds is Harrison Spinks Group Chairman “very opportune” S says CBOA

A 500 tonnes barge en route to Leeds. Photo: Andy Horn


he Commercial Boat Operators Association (CBOA) is delighted that barge traffic carrying marine dredged aggregates has restarted from Hull to Leeds. The 500 tonnes capacity barges are now regularly arriving at Knostrop Wharf, east Leeds. “This shows the value of using barges”, said CBOA Chairman David Lowe. He continued: “With all the news about HGV driver shortages, it is salutary to remember that the crew of a 500 tonnes capacity barge can move that cargo more quickly than if they each drove an HGV between Hull and Leeds” “Barge use also fits in with the de-carbonisation agenda”, went on Mr Lowe. Research has shown that barges have for years created less emissions than heavy lorries – only 25% of that produced by lorries. Not satisfied with that, the barge industry is moving to use biofuels with hydrogen treated vegetable oil (HVO) being favoured. Barge companies have reported 90% reductions in net carbon dioxide emissions. Even if all lorries were electrically powered, they would still create damaging dust particulates from brake pads, from tyre wear and from road surface wear. None of these arise with barges. “Using barges improves the environment and people’s sense of well-being, “So I call upon the Government to increase infrastructure investment in improving the nation’s waterways”, said Mr Lowe. Andy Collins of AC Marine Aggregates, the company whose aggregates have been brought to Leeds, said

“The re-opening of the canal, thanks in large to the work completed by the Canal & River Trust, has enabled us to kick start the marine aggregates business back up in Leeds, which is a win-win for both our customers and the environment. A prime example of how delivery by barge is beneficial for everyone is our existing project supplying Amazon’s new distribution centre being built in Leeds; by using Knostrop wharf we can massively reduce both CO2 emissions and vehicle movements.” The use of marine dredged aggregates (from the North Sea) is a sustainable activity as nature replenished the deposits at sea. Not so with land based supplies. The use of 500 tonne capacity barges and thus avoiding using heavy vehicles from inland quarries will also be beneficial for the environment. Each barge will take off the crowded M62 18 articulated lorries carrying 28 tonnes. Barges can help Leeds City Council in its efforts to improve air pollution and improve the well-being of its citizens. The area being used at Knostrop is about one-tenth of an acre and is seen as a temporary phase. The Canal & River Trust’s wider ambitions are to see the development of a 10 acre site at Stourton on the outskirts of east Leeds as a wharf to handle at least 200,000 tonnes pa. of cargo. Planning permission for the wharf has been obtained and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority have offered £3.17m towards the costs. The full business case is now being developed which, if approved, would enable construction in 2022.

imon Spinks, Group Chairman of Beestonbased luxury bedmaker Harrison Spinks, was awarded the prestigious Ambassador accolade at The Business Desk’s Yorkshire Business Masters Awards on 14 October. The award recognised his work to continually promote innovation and lead the iconic Yorkshire manufacturer for over 35 years. The awards ceremony, which saw sustainability take centre stage, is a key event in the business calendar, recognising the achievements of Yorkshire companies. Spinks’ commitment to promote sustainability and innovation within the manufacturing industry, while maintaining the brand’s heritage and being the fifth generation to lead the business, was noted by the judges. Commenting on the award win, Spinks said:

Simon Spinks. Photo: Richard Walker/ImageNorth “I’m surprised but very proud. This is for what our team has achieved. “We’re developing mattresses which are fully recyclable at the end of their life because we aren’t using

glue, thanks to our sustainable Cortec glue-free spring system. Right now 120,000 mattresses go to landfill every week just because there’s no way of having them taken apart or they’re made using

unsustainable materials. “We’re developing a recycling plant where we can have mattresses taken apart. And we’ve bought a farm where we can grow our own materials to put into mattresses. It’s both a good story and it’s a reality.” Simon Spinks has spearheaded the development of a series of new spring solutions – from Revolution, a patented spring within spring, which gives more support and a superior feel, to Micro Springs, which can be used as comfort layers and are more sustainable than foam and gel, to Cortec, a ground-breaking glue-free spring system. With Cortec, the springs have a unique heat-sealed design, meaning they are 100% recyclable and zero to landfill because they don’t contain any glue. To read Harrison Spinks’ newly launched Sustainability Report please visit harrison

Mayor invests £1million in construction skills at college T

racy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire has visited Leeds College of Building to celebrate the college receiving over £1 million of grant funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Adult Education Budget (AEB). The money has been allocated to support adults in learning skills needed by West Yorkshire’s construction industry. The Mayor also took a tour of the new South Bank campuses, one of which was part funded by the Combined Authority. The funding allocated to Leeds College of Building is part of the wider AEB funding to ensure skills provision in West Yorkshire supports adults to develop the skills needed to enter and stay in work, or enroll in an apprenticeship, or other learning and meets the needs of the region’s businesses. Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “We’re now seeing the fantastic benefits of devolution and how we can strategically use funding to benefit our local economy and the people who live here.

“As the economy re-opens, the construction industry is recovering strongly, with more than 70,000 people in West Yorkshire alone, already working in construction. However, many employers are still struggling to recruit people

with the right skills. “Therefore, I’m pleased to see we are providing people with excellent education and training facilities and courses whereby they can gain the skills needed by industry.” Leeds College of Building is

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin tours the Hunslet campus

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School uniform exchange by Tania Carlisle


chool Uniform Swap LS11’ is a Facebook group where you can offer and collect items of school uniform. Please join the group for a chance to exchange school uniform with other parents in our area. Also by popular demand the school uniform stall is running every Saturday between 11am and 1pm in the Café in Cross Flatts Park. We can take donations of

school uniform from any local school and you can search for items you may need for your children. It’s all free of charge – and you don’t need to donate to pick up, just come along. This initiative partners with Zero Waste Leeds who are passionate about saving the planet, whilst also saving money! We aim to have a contact in each local school to be able to get the message out to parents. Is your child’s school

aware of this project and could you be a link person in the school, helping to spread the word? If so please get in touch. We especially want to have contacts in secondary schools as we are always getting requests for high school uniform. We also need volunteers to help staff the stall on a Saturday, so again get in touch either on Facebook ‘School Uniform Swap LS11’ or phone me on 07917 157830.

Putting the squeeze on Youngsters at the Space youth groups in Beeston got busy making freshly-pressed apple juice, with zerocarbon local fruit last month. Space is a free weekly youth programme, for those aged 11-18, run by the local churches since 2004. For full information, including how to join, go to: Volunteers Suchi, Fern and Mariana at the stall in Cross Flatts Park

Leeds Dads are back at The Holbeck club


fter 19 months Leeds Dads Meetups are back at The Holbeck Club. The events for dads and kids were suspended due to Covid, but have now recommenced. The award-winning Dad meetups are a great opportunity to meet new Dad friends or bring along another Dad you know with pre-school kids for a playdate. We play games, create arts and crafts, or just jump around! The next meetup is on Sunday 28 November (and every fourth Sunday of the month) from 2-4pm at The Holbeck Club, Jenkinson Lawn, LS11 9QX. Leeds Dads aims to inspire

Dads to take an active parenting role, so that they can have a positive impact in strengthening their family unit. Our vision is a city of confident and caring Dads who are actively involved as parents to build successful relationships with their children. Research shows that dads are an important part of the family unit. Yet fathers are often overlooked by services supporting parents and children. Leeds Das is creating a thriving community of Dads in Leeds, offering parenting advice, friendship, and wellbeing support. They ensure Dads-to-be and new Dads are provided with

knowledge and encouragement to have the greatest impact in their children’s early years. And they promote positive physical and mental health for Dads across the city, through engaging activities for them and their children. If your kids love scary monsters and soft play, get along to their free Halloween themed soft play session for dads and preschool kids to play, chat, grab some breakfast and a free coffee. It’s from 10am-12pm on Saturday 30 October at Little Angel Playzone, Sugar Mill, Oakhurst Avenue, Beeston, LS11 7HL. You can contact Leeds Dads via

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BISA bounces Plenty going on at Beeston back to action Village Community Centre by Sarah Bradley-Adam

T The Gardening Group at Belle Isle Senior Action’s 59 Club

by Sonny Garewal


elle Isle Senior Action (BISA) is now fully operatinal after the Covid 19 Pandemic. I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to a staff and volunteers who helped me maintain a service to older people during the lockdown. Of particular note are our Gardening Group Volunteers: Lynne Lock; Colin Robinson; Ross Whitfield and Dave Geldard, who continued to maintain the 59 Club garden during the lockdown, and Kerry Andrews, Lesley Thornton and Karren Marriott who volunteered to do anything that was asked of them. We also need to thank Tony Andrews our Handyman who continued to keep older people safe in their own homes by fitting smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

Thanks to all volunteers who helped distribute the Newsletter, and to those volunteers who provided telephone support calls to all our older people, reassuring them in very difficult and challenging times. Activities have now resumed at the 59 Club on Belle Isle Circus. These include chairbased exercise, digital inclusion classes, lunch club, craft, gardening and social groups. Transport is available to help people who are unable to use public transport. BISA also organise weekly trips out every Wednesday to places such as Bury Market, Bowling & pub lunch and Tong Garden Centre. The trips book up fast so don’t delay. For full information about BISA services and upcoming activities go to or call (0113) 270 9426.

here’s plenty going on at Health For All Beeston Village Community Centre, and the building is busy with community groups seven days a week. The purpose built Community Centre, which was funded by the National Lottery, has two large upstairs and downstairs halls, and both are in use by community groups, exercise classes, and community projects. After struggling during the pandemic, the building reopened to the public in July 2021 and is now in constant use. As well as exercise classes (‘Exercise 55+ with Julie Gill’ on Mondays & Fridays at 9:30,

phone Julie 07783 786776, and Kushal Zindagi women only exercise on a Wednesday – phone Bally for more info on 07590 182627) – the centre has Elders groups, social groups for parents (Happy Global Families on Mondays and Happy Families for Chinese Mums on Fridays) and a wellbeing coffee morning for adults on a Wednesday (Everyday Life, 9-11am Wednesdays – phone Claire 07498 958550) Volunteers have been essential in getting the centre open safely and bringing groups back. As well as working on reception and running groups, volunteers also support the centre’s Food Pantry, which reduces food waste by distributing food to

Moon Dancing in the hall

The Food Pantry helps members stretch their budget local families at affordable prices. The Food Pantry works on a membership basis and is open on a Thursday. Centre Manager Toshal Bhatia says, “We did not ever think the centre would become a food outlet, but we have responded to local need to help people access food and stay connected.” In November, the centre will open a ‘chatty café’ on a Thursday morning which will give centre users the chance to get out and have a friendly

chat, and practise their English. For more information about the ‘chatty café’, or about volunteering at the centre or joining the Food Pantry, phone Sarah on 07498 734603. Meanwhile for children, the centre also hosts a youth club, a karate club, and Brave Words Youth Theatre, all of which are open to new members. For information on any of the activities at the centre, phone the centre on (0113) 271 7231 or pop in to pick up a ‘What’s On’ Guide.

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Local Heroes Children at Greenmount Primary School and Ingram Road Primary School were delighted and inspired to meet local heroes as part of ‘Heroes Local and Global’ project run by education charity Leeds DEC. The children were really impacted by getting to meet people who were creating change. “ I found Mr Nazir inspiring because he is helping different faiths to be friends” “I found Kidz Kub inspiring because they are helping families who are poor do trips to the seaside” “ I think Leeds DEC is inspiring because they are helping the whole planet” said children after they had met the Heroes. “Children identified climate change, racism, single use plastic and litter as some of the issues they cared about” said Hannah Langdana from Leeds DEC “and we hope that by meeting local people who are improving lives for others and the planet, it will encourage them to make a difference.” Photo shows Mahbub Nazir talking to children at Greenmount Primary School.

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A busy start to the year at Cockburn schools

P-TECH Students at Cockburn School


he primary and secondary schools from the Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust have had an excellent start to the new academic year and have much to report from a very busy term. All of the schools are extremely proud of the excellent attendance to school of their pupils and students and of how engaged they have been in their lessons. They have been resilient, respectful and have showed pride in their uniform, behaviour and learning. In September/October, all three secondary schools hosted their Open Evenings to prospective families of children in Year 6. These events were incredibly well attended with over 2,000 visitors meeting the students and staff in the schools and experiencing a host of exciting activities planned by the different subject areas across the schools.

Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy: Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy opened in September in their new Phase 1 building next to the St George’s Medical Centre. The founding members of the academy are a cohort of 211 Year 7 students and they have settled in extremely well and look very smart in their burgundy jumpers! The beginning of their extracurricular programme has seen more than half of the school taking part in clubs such as Football, Harry Potter Club and Eco Club. 16 students have been selected through a very rigorous application process to become members of the first Student Council. French horn player, Julia W in Year 7, has been nominated by Opera North to take part in ‘In Harmony – Opera North’. She was one of 24 selected from over 2000 applications. Coming up next term:

Girls Footbal team at Cockburn John Charles Academy

• Remembrance Assemblies and an art installation to remember Sergeant Laurence Calvert. • 100% Attendance Club challenge rewards and celebrations Cockburn John Charles Academy: The girls Under 14 football club have been successful in securing a place in the second round of the cup with a resounding 3-0 victory against Crawshaw High School. The academy recognised Black History Month through a week of whole school assemblies which were presented by the history department alongside Year 11 students who spoke passionately about their own personal inspirational figures. The P-TECH group has made excellent effort and focus in their aspirational approach to independently making progress toward external accreditation through IBM’s Open P-Tech Programme. Coming up next term: • Whole school production of ‘In The Heights’ featuring students from across all year groups, after months of hard work and preparation. • Year 11 P-TECH residential to London funded in partnership between IBM, Cockburn MAT and Leeds City College.

Penguin donated books Cockburn School: Over 500 students took part in at least one extra-curricular activity during September and October across a wide range of subjects including Sports Journalism Club, Sum Club, Debate Club, as well as many ICT, arts, technology, sports and performance clubs. For Black History Month, the History department focused on a wide range of people, stories and exhibitions. They were also delighted to receive 130 books from Penguin UK Books which they will be integrating into their diverse curriculum to develop knowledge and literacy. A special mention to Brooke W in Year 11 who has recently been accepted into Team England's Hip Hop Cheerleading team and will be competing at the Cheerleading Worlds at Disney, Orlando Florida in April next year. A fantastic achievement that began when Brooke attended

cheerleading club at Cockburn School. Coming up next term: • Remembrance Ceremony at the school war memorial where the whole school will fall silent for the Last Post. • School Production of ‘Sister Act The Musical’ - save the date - 1-3 December • Year 11 P-TECH residential to London funded in partnership between IBM, Cockburn MAT and Leeds City College. Middleton Primary School: Pupils had their first assembly for Meat Free Monday - some children have never had an assembly - but they were brilliant! They have also celebrated a virtual harvest. All year groups have visited the Ledston Estate this term to enjoy the outdoors. 12 children have taken part in the Inspirations Programme via the Cluster which has provided opportunities for skateboarding, canoeing, ice-

Middleton Primary pupils re-enact Rosa Parks’ bus protest skating, go-karting and mountain biking. Black History Week had some brilliant outcomes. All year groups studied a particular character from history. Year 3 studied Rosa Parks and reenacted the bus scene using our school mini-bus. Coming up next term:

• Halloween celebrations on Monday 1st - children dressing up in their outfit! • 2-week attendance and punctuality challenge - those who achieve 100% will have a popcorn and DVD party! • Northern Ballet are coming into school to work with all classes.

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Cockburn MAT schools Impossible is Nothing at are looking for governors Hunslet Carr Primary by Joanna Roberts



ockburn Multi-academy Trust (Cockburn MAT) are looking for committed people to join as Trustees and Governors. Cockburn Multi-academy Trust is made up of three secondary schools, one primary school and one infant school in our community. At present there are Cockburn School, Cockburn John Charles Academy, Middleton Primary School, Cockburn Haigh Road Academy and the new free school Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy which opened in September 2021. The Trust was formed in 2016 and has continually grown since. They have an excellent reputation in Leeds and beyond and are in a privileged position to be able to give considerable support to an increasing number

of schools within the city of Leeds and across the region. The Vision of Cockburn MAT is every child deserves an exceptional education. Their vision is to create a group of exceptional schools that radically improve students’ life chances. They seek to widen their students’ aspirations; to reach destinations that are attainable and fulfilling. They work to raise attainment and provide exceptional teaching and learning for all of their students through high expectations of academic success and behaviour. The Cockburn MAT Board Trustees have overall responsibility and ultimate decision-making authority for all work of Cockburn MAT including

the establishing and running of the schools. The Local Governing Body operates at a strategic level and are not involved in the dayto-day running of a school. They are responsible for both the conduct of the school and for the promotion of high standards. Governors must ensure that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving the Vision, and that the school provides a high-quality education for its pupils. Governors have to build a thorough knowledge of the school and its community. They must support and constructively challenge the school. Governors already in place at the schools say that the benefits of being a governor are immense. Being a governor develops professional skills and experience such as strategic planning, chairing, financial planning, and team working, all of which are valued by employers and can assist their own career development. ‘Soft skills’ are also important – the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question, and to make connections between different types of information. Being a governor helps to build relationships and networks in the local area while most importantly supporting children and young people in the community. If readers would like to become Governors and Trustees they do not need to be experts in the field of education. What they do need is an interest in the schools and in the welfare of the pupils, together with the time and willingness to get involved. For further information please contact Sharon Burns, Chief Operating Officer, on in the first instance.

mpossible is Nothing means you can achieve anything when you are resilient and you persevere. Every child who steps foot into our school is taught that they can be anything they want to be when they try hard, keep going and believe in themselves. At Hunslet Carr we call that belief, Impossible is Nothing. As long as they can be the best version of themselves – their city, their world, and their future is for the taking. For our children, we base this belief on the fact that our children can see the skyline of Leeds from their classroom windows.

For the younger children in school, we teach them to believe Impossible is Nothing using child friendly characters. These characters all live in our ‘Effort Tree’. Each morning, all of the children start as a Trying Tiger and we encourage them to climb the tree. At the top of the tree is the Persevering Panda who is resilient, learns from their mistakes, takes pride in their work, tries their best and knows what to do when they are stuck. At the bottom of our tree is a Lazy Lion who has a fixed mindset, gives up and makes the same mistakes over and over again. When children become a Persevering Panda, they move

Star of the Day with the Class Panda Now, we knew as wonderful and cute as our pandas are, they wouldn’t quite cater for our older children. So how would we inspire them to believe Impossible is Nothing?

The city skyline is visible from the classroom windows It is our determination that every child knows if they try hard, keep going when things get tough and believe in themselves, they can grow up to be successful in that city. Whether they have careers as accountants, lawyers, doctors or chefs, beauticians or shop assistants, as long as we embed the skills of perseverance and resilience, our children have the chance to dream big and make it happen.

their face up the ‘effort tree’ and receive their own little panda to look after for the day. If they have shown Impossible is Nothing, they become a Star of the Day and spend the whole day with their class Panda. If the whole class has shown Impossible is Nothing, they get to look after Panku, our school panda. They get to tuck him in at night, show him their fantastic work and they never forget to brush his teeth!

From the very first sentence in the book, we knew this book was written for our children. Every quote from Marcus and every

Book launch at Elements by Jeremy Morton


upils, parents and staff gathered on Friday 22 October at Elements Primary School in Middleton to celebrate the publication of a book of short stories. The book contains 46 stories, all written last year by children when they were in Year 2, aged just 6 or 7 years old. Their use of language, their descriptions and ideas are very impressive. This was the first proper parent event to be held in the school’s new permanent building and the new hall was packed. Introducing the evening, Principal Sarah Horsbrough said: “We are really excited because our children have written some fantastic stories which have been put together, beautifully illustrated by a professional illustrator and published as a book.

Abigail reads Millie’s story


Website: experience he has been through links directly to our children. It is almost as if Marcus had spent a day in our school before writing the self-help book. It is our ethos. Impossible is Nothing! In interviews, Marcus speaks about the people he grew up with

accepting their lives and the path they were on because they

didn’t know any different. For him, football gave him the opportunity to experience, believe and realise that Impossible is Nothing. While children at our school might never play for Leeds United, it is our hope that when they look back on their time at our school, they will say we gave them the opportunity to be the best version of themselves. Marcus Rashford likes to say – Dream Big and Make It Happen. So that is what we are doing at Hunslet Carr Primary School. It is our dream to have Marcus Rashford come to our school. Our campaign is just starting so keep your eye out to see our children, staff and community prove Impossible is Nothing when Marcus Rashford comes to visit our school! Joanna Roberts is the Key Stage 1 Assistant Headteacher at Hunslet Carr Primary School.

Older children can wear the Champions badge

Primary School “Our children are now published authors and if you are a proper author you have a proper book launch – tonight the children are sharing their work with you.” The audience heard a selection of stories read out by the children and occasionally by staff members. Subjects ranged from ninjas to tigers and from princesses to wicked witches, taking in lost baby dinosaurs and dogs in the snow. Three young authors were interviewed by their peers about the thinking behind the stories. Danny Deeptown, who illustrated the book and worked with the children last year, has just won ‘Best Picture book’ at the Singapore Press Book Awards for his last book. He wasn’t able to be present but sent a message to the children saying: “Your storytelling has improved

massively. Every single one is very detailed and descriptive and because of that I had a great time illustrating them. We did this together. I am proud of you and you should be proud of yourselves.” The evening finished with the children singing the song ‘World Changer’ where they pledged to become the best that they could be. Judging by their writing, they are well on their way to achieving that. If you are interested in your children attending Elements Primary School, visits and tours of the school can now be arranged by contacting the school office on (0113) 532 7089

Year 3 sing ‘World Changer’

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In our view Regulators must catch up Companies like Airbnb, Uber, Facebook, Amazon, Deliveroo and the like pride themselves on breaking old paradigms of business. They provide services based online which are often convenient to the consumer. They take no responsibility because they just provide a platform for landlords, or drivers to offer their services. Airbnb if your renting out a holiday cottage in the country, but flats in the city centre, or now back to backs in Beeston are not appropriate holiday lets. Local authorities need to be given the powers and resources to deal with these new business models.

Invisible disability The incident where a man with autism was manhandled by security at Aldi wouldn’t have happened to someone in a wheelchair. Society is slowly getting better at recognising that disabled people have rights and that it is not impossible to adapt to meet their needs. But we seem to have got stuck at the physical disability stage. The solution to most issues around invisible disabilities is to slow down, be calm, explain patiently. Isn’t that how we all want to be treated?

Driver jailed We don’t often report on Court cases in South Leeds Life. We know bad things happen in the area, but prefer to concentrate on the positive. But we felt is was important to report that the man responsible for the death of pedestrian Stephen Linley has gone to prison. If you know a young man (it’s usually a young man) who drives too fast please draw their attention to this incident and its consequences for both the victim and the driver.

Your letters and comments Cross Flatts’ Active Travel Neighbourhood Excellent idea, top marks for the council and people involved in this idea. We have too many cars speeding up and down using us as a short cut, for over a decade. This will make it safer for children and make it a much better place for the residents to live. Keep up the great work for a better future for the community of Cross Flatts. David Hall Looking at the revised plans ,there will be still a problem with Grovehall Road. Vehicles coming up Barkly Road from Dewsbury Road will still have a rat run albeit in only one direction. This traffic will only have two routes, either the first road the very narrow Grovehall Road or Oakhirst Mount which is a wider road but has lots of cars parked at the top for the Post Office. If Barkly Road has to allow traffic through then remove the block by the junction of Barkly Road and Oakhurst Mount and allow traffic a third choice. If this cannot be done then prevent vehicles going through at the junction with Grovehall Road. Theoretically the plan is a good idea because the traffic up and down Grovehall Road is very excessive. Peter Kitchen I do not want this scheme, it’s a waste of council tax payers money. Has any thought gone into what the roads will be like on match day’s? People will be driving around trying to get out of the maze of blocked off roads. I have spoken to people in the area - they don’t want it, it will cause chaos. Do the people who want this live in the area? I think not. Leave well alone, it’s not perfect but we cope with it. Find another part of Leeds to mess up and leave Beeston alone. John Harvey I think this scheme will cause a lot of confusion with regard to which streets you can get out of and which you can’t, also frustration for drivers. I am more concerned with the inordinate amount of traffic on match days, I feel like a prisoner in my own home on these days, daren’t go out in case we can’t get back into our own street. If someone drives up one of the no exit streets by mistake do they have to

Planters block off a road in the Headingley Active Travel Neighbourhood reverse all the way back because there is no way they would be able to turn around in that street. I just don’t think it’s a good idea sorry. Janine Gawthorpe

for if you would like to work in the NHS, or take an apprenticeship in plumbing, or some other useful job? Life was much easier in the fifties. Happy days. Barbara Cotton

Tommy Wass crossing

Middleton sign

Cllr Scopes is absolutely right to take up this issue. This crossing is a danger to all users. I notice there is an existing barrier on the pavement in front of the pub. In the middle of this 40mph four lane road you’re exposed when crossing in both directions. The Highways Officers remarks beggar belief, people with such incompetent attitudes to safety are not fit to be working for the Highways Department. John P

Hands up the people of Middleton who don’t know where sign for Middleton is located. If and when you find it you may well think like me “Is that it?” It’s on the road side and it’s covered in black paint so it can’t be seen. I can only think the council knocked the sign together from scrap metal that they l had leftover from a anther job with a load of black paint they had to get rid of. I think it’s very poor. It really wants throwing in a skip out of the way, when that happens hopefully the replacement will be big, bright and robust (not painted black) then we will have signage that the people of Middleton can be proud of and if anybody is passing through they will know where they are without asking anybody. Having said all that, I am thinking the powers that be might just do something about it. But there again I could be totally wrong! Frank Taylor

I’m sure most users of the crossing would feel much safer if the railings were reinstated. It seems such a retrograde step to remove something put there in the first place to enhance safety. Linda

Secondary school places

I am of an age when it was my age group to progress to secondary school you took an exam, the 11+. If you passed you went to one school, if you did not pass you went to another school - sorted. I don't usually read much of the school news in the paper as at my age, it is of no interest. I did look at the piece on Cockburn going on about creative pupils and performing arts (whatever that means). The more I read I began to think that Beeston & Holbeck ward Includes Beeston from Cross Flatts Park to the Ring they were only interested in taking Road, Cottingley and Holbeck. The three councillors are: pupils that fit these Gohar Almass 07445 878 333 categories: singing, Angela Gabriel 07946 632 468 dancing or an Andrew Scopes 07860 400 645 aptitude for playing the dame in the Hunslet & Riverside ward Includes the city centre, Beeston Hill and Hunslet. annual panto. Which school do they apply The three councillors are:

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Mohammed Iqbal 0113 226 8796 Elizabeth Nash 0113 275 8594 Paul Wray 07528 512 649

Middleton Park ward Includes Belle Isle and Middleton. The three councillors are: Sharon Burke Kim Groves Paul Truswell

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@StephLunch So nice to be back in a school again talking to students. Some fab stuff going on at @UTCLeeds — next door to my studios. #skills #STEM @NewBewerleySch Well done Jaara! After learning to play the Cello with @Opera_North_Ed at New Bewerley, she has passed her Grade 3 Cello at high school and has started learning piano. Now she wants to persue a career in music! We are so proud of you Jaara! #inharmony #include #create #perform

Ian Smith award It is good to see Ian Smith finally receiving his lifetime achievement award from Railway Magazine for his efforts on the Middleton Railway. He has been devoted to the cause and it is richly deserved. David Spencer

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MP’s notebook by Hilary Benn MP


he killing of Sir David Amess while serving his constituents came as a great shock, and our hearts go out to his wife and family. He was much liked on all sides of the House of Commons for his cheerfulness, good humour and utter dedication to his constituency. Just five years after the murder of Jo Cox, it is hard to believe that another MP has been killed in the line of duty. An attack on one MP is an attack on us all and on the democracy that we cherish. Sadly, there are many other public servants who face similar risks and who have been killed doing their jobs, and it is their families who pay a terrible price as they learn the dreadful news that the person they loved isn’t coming home. Inevitably, security is being

reviewed. There must be sensible precautions to protect MPs and their staff, but I do not want us to become remote from the people we serve. After all, that is the very essence of what we do. A new report from Imperial College has revealed that life expectancy for women in Hunslet and Stourton is lower than anywhere else in England; the average age of death for women is just 75. The report also says that in Holbeck, life expectancy is actually falling. Women there are now dying three years earlier than they were in 2002. These figures are shocking, especially the decline in life expectancy, but they are not surprising. We've known for a very long time that there are huge differences between the richest and the poorest communities in how long people live, with lower life

expectancy associated with unemployment, insecure jobs, low wages, reductions in social and welfare support, poorer nutrition, bad housing and reduced funding for local government. This levelling down in life chances shows how political choices affect people’s health. I recently popped into The Holbeck to visit the Slung Low team. Their artistic director Alan Lane wanted to show me the brand new lift that’s just been installed. It’s very impressive and now makes the building accessible. While I was there, I met people arriving for an English language class in the snooker room, an apprentice who was helping to make a film upstairs and a comedian who was also making a piece who kindly presented me with three marbles (I have still have them in every sense!). The car park is

now nicely laid out and there are colourful oil drums with poles for festooning lights and bunting on appropriate occasions. It was wonderful to see the range of things that are now happening in this historic club which only survives because of the huge effort that a dedicated group of Holbeck residents made a few years ago when it seemed likely to close. My mind went back to the first time I met Alan when Slung Low were based in some railway arches just down the road. I went along with my office team to find out what they were doing and discovered a theatre company dedicated to putting on performances outside of theatres. They did a wonderful production of Moby Dick a few years ago in Leeds Dock. When the pandemic struck, they clearly couldn't go on performing, so they decided to become a food bank as if it was the most natural thing in the world. Over the next year or so they helped to feed many

Hilary Benn is our Member of Parliament. He represents the Leeds Central constituency which covers Hunslet, Middleton, Belle Isle, Beeston, Holbeck, Cottingley in south Leeds as well as the city centre, Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Little London, Lincoln Green, Burmantofts, Richmond Hill and Osmondthorpe Contact:, Constituency office: Unity Business Centre, 26 Roundhay Road, Leeds LS7 1AB; Tel: 0113 244 1097

Making better decisions for our communities: a call to arms by Ed Carlisle


urely everyone everywhere has at some point huffed and puffed about a new development – a highways alteration perhaps, or a freshlybuilt local asset, or a community project – that they feel has been mis-conceived. The scapegoat for our frustration is often a clueless faceless bureaucrat, an ‘expert’ shut away within the machinery of government, getting things wrong. There is currently considerable upset about the proposed Active Travel Neighbourhood, for the Cross Flatts area of Beeston. There was of course the Managed Approach. Less prominently, there’s also been disquiet about night-time highways diversions through Hunslet, which residents insist are illogical and unnecessarily disruptive. Also in Hunslet, locals are concerned that plans for the new Market Square outside the library are wrongheaded. Elements of the Dewsbury Road redevelopment have been roundly criticised

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locally. And so on, and on, forever..! This cannot be down to bad intentions. Council and government officers surely don’t plot ways to mess up our communities: they must want their schemes to work and flourish, and to do right by the city and communities they're serving. So, where lies the problem? Are we – the local community – simply too moany, damning the bureaucrats and their schemes without cause? Whilst we perhaps have to hold our hands up to being unduly negative at times, and not recognising the complex challenges that these schemes often seek to address, that’s not the whole story: often these schemes do fall short. Sometimes it will be down to external influences – for example, funding that comes with strings attached, that ties the hands of the local Council officers. But bigger than that, a 1953 essay by philosopher Isaiah Berlin can maybe help us. In it, and in writings others have developed from it, there’s an

families in Holbeck. It's a wonderful reminder of what can be done with energy, determination and kindness, and I was very touched when they presented me with a framed t-shirt to thank me for the support I have tried to give them. It's now clear that COVID hasn’t gone away. Infections have now reached 50,000 in a single day and cases in Leeds are above the national average, although mercifully the vaccine has proved very effective in significantly reducing severe illness and death. Ministers say that they don’t intend to change the current rules for now, but there was a markedly more sombre tone to the Health Secretary's recent press conference, and he urged people to get vaccinated, to meet outside where possible and to wear masks in crowded places. I don’t understand why the Government got rid of the requirement to wear masks, for example, on public transport. They should reinstate it now. Finally, after my recent column about what's going to replace gas boilers as we reduce CO2 emissions, we have finally seen the plan to decarbonise our homes. It's undoubtedly ambitious, with a strong emphasis on changing from gas to heat pumps, but

argument that we need to blend the insights of experts (hedgehogs) and amateurs (foxes) within decision-making, to achieve the best results.

one big thing." For instance, if we (local amateurs) were left to design the highways of south Leeds, they’d be a disaster. We need

you can only really develop from living in the community: the real lived experience of the systems and developments they design. In theory, this blending of expert and amateur knowledge is already happening, via community consultations. But as surely everyone recognises, these are dull and sometimes impenetrable processes that we ‘amateurs’ struggle to

The title is a reference to a fragment attributed to the Ancient Greek poet Archilochus: "A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog knows

the expertise of experienced officers (experts). But equally, they alone can’t do much better. They need our local knowledge and insights, that

engage with. At worst, they seem very much like windowdressing processes, to rubber-stamp developments that are already decided. But if

Hilary Benn MP the price of a heat pump is still much too expensive for many people to afford. Let us hope that the grants that are being offered will encourage many more pumps to be produced and the price to come down, but I think we're going to need more Government funding over the years ahead to help us all to do the right thing. Meanwhile, the really important climate conference is due to begin in Glasgow. It’s not yet clear whether sufficient commitments will be made by all those attending to give us a reasonable chance of preventing dangerous climate change, but we must keep up the pressure. Time is running out and we need to get a move on. we want a better community, we (the community amateurs) need to work hard to engage with those processes – and hold the experts to account if they don’t seem to be listening. And sometimes they do listen. The Active Travel Neighbourhood plans have already been amended once, following local pushback. And in a move that we should all welcome, it is designed along temporary lines, with moveable planters: it can be altered after we’ve all seen it in action, so it can in theory evolve and improve. This is the norm in cities including New York and Bristol: no highways project is undertaken until it has first been tested with temporary measures. Our amateur feedback will be crucial, once the scheme is underway. And our challenge to the Council and other government officers, on this and every scheme, needs to be: listen, listen, listen. Not just via official consultations, but by working hard at building positive relationships and dialogue with us. They might have the expertise, but we have crucial pieces of the jigsaw that they inevitably lack; and if need be, we can continue chewing their ears off forever more! But instead of that, maybe together we can – patiently and imperfectly – make things better.

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Review: No Time To Die at Cineworld ScreenX by Abbie Randall


ond certainly has a license to thrill on Screen X! Before I dive into this review, there may be mild spoilers, so if you haven’t set your Goldeneye on the latest instalment in the Bond saga perhaps come back to this article when you have. No Time To Die sees what has been billed as the final instalment in Daniel Craig’s 15 year career as Bond, the gentleman spy who has certainly stood the test of time. Craig is now the longest serving Bond from his debut in Casino Royale, he is possibly the grittiest Bond we have seen so far. Walking into Screen 9 at Cineworld at the White Rose Shopping Centre, nothing really seemed different, the walls looked lighter and the chairs were a very plush leather but apart from that you could be in any screen. However once the movie starts you’re immediately sucked into the experience and immersed into what can only

be described as an almost virtual reality experience. With all three screens illuminated the audience is thrown into the action. Screen X, for those who have not yet had a chance to experience it, is a 270 degree projection which is exclusive to Cineworld. Imagine a traditional cinema screen and then two screens that flank it on either side. It’s immense! Cineworld have stated that the experience is suitable for adults and children alike and while I can’t recommend this movie for young children I really do encourage you to take them to suitable showings in Screen X, they will thoroughly enjoy it! At the beginning of the movie we see super villain Lyutsifer Safin in the harsh snow filled tundra. With three screens illuminated and throwing cold white light at the audience, I genuinely felt cold as we followed Safin trudging through the snow. You don’t miss any of the action as the screens wrap around into your peripheral vision as though you are present in the scene and

What Are You Hungry For?

immersed in the action. The two additional screens are not active throughout the whole movie, they phase in and out according to what’s happening on the screen. What follows can only be described as a rollercoaster of emotions and violence. We see a lot of endings in the movie, the demise of the longestablished Spectre organisation and death of beloved character Felix Leiter

by Hazel Millichamp


arrieanne Vivianette and her theatre company CViV Arts began a research development project last year and concentrated on three key subject matters: • Desire and want • Societal Rejection • Resilience The end piece of drama “What Are You Hungry For?” draws upon various theatre techniques and wide-ranging viewpoints gleaned from the community in order to offer three very different presentations of those themes. In Scene 1: we will see a character based devising from new, commissioned writing In Scene 2: we will experience physical theatre – movement symbolism representing individual desires and what happens if those

desires are not met (this was developed from a public responses – survey) In Scene 3: we will see a piece devised from text extracts taken from commissioned writing, and ideas that are taken from a devising workshop and that have been developed using public feedback. ‘What Are You Hungry For?’ attempts to reach its audience with empathy and will encourage us to find and nurture our inner compassion and courage in the face of the injustice we can be up against in life. To find out more about CVIVArts Theatre visit www. “What Are You Hungry For” will be performed at Slung Low on Sunday 31 October at 8pm. Book your tickets here:

soundtrack that featured not only the new Billie Eilish theme but themes littered through the movie from older Bond movies, from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as an example. The immersion of Screen X did scare the Living Daylights out of me on a few occasions and I jumped a few times watching the action and hearing the shooting, but this is not a negative point but rather a testimony to the immersion

of the screens. Although the movie was 2:45 hours long it didn’t feel any longer than an hour or two as the action moved quickly to the final act of the movie. Overall both the movie and Screen X experience were absolutely mind blowing and I highly recommend you see No Time to Die in this screen before it disappears. Diamonds are forever but cinema showings are not! Book now!

South Leeds stories will be at the heart of LEEDS 2023 L

CVIV Arts workshop rehearsal

who has intermittently featured in past Bond movies. We do however meet a number of dynamic, new characters along the way, including a cast of powerful women who would say Dr No to any of Bond’s nonsense. There are a lot of threads which do pull together by the time we reach the final act of the movie. For long time fans there are many easter eggs. It was a nice tribute to hear a

EEDS 2023 has commissioned more than 20 ambitious new projects which will celebrate the unique stories found in neighbourhoods across Leeds, placing local communities at the very centre of the planned year of culture. The commissions will unearth hidden stories, unleash creativity and embed culture right across communities. They include a project exploring the social history of Leeds from a Deaf perspective, led by theatremaker Janet Alexander. Mixed media artist Thahmina Begum will work with Bangladeshi and British Bangladeshi residents in Beeston in a celebration of heritage, language and mixed identities. Stand & Be Counted Theatre Company aim to make moments with the community of Hunslet where people genuinely feel ‘welcome’. They want to create a safer space for people to develop their confidence, have their say and make a change; and artist Harry Meadley is seeking to develop a project that brings attention to the rich skateboard culture of Leeds. Each project will be led by a

Leeds-based artist who will lay the groundwork from now until February 2022, before handing over the reins to the local communities to make their own, as a central part of the celebrations in 2023. Kully Thiarai, Creative Director of LEEDS 2023, said: “My World My City My Neighbourhood is all about uncovering the untold stories of our city. You may think you know Leeds, but there are so many incredible hidden tales in our communities just waiting to

be revealed. And who better to tell those stories than artists from those neighbourhoods and the local people themselves? “Leeds is a city that speaks over 170 languages, and we want to hear everyone’s voices as part of our year of culture. There are so many people in the city that we don’t get to hear from and a chance for us all to listen and be inspired. There’s such a broad range of fascinating ideas in these projects and I can’t wait to see

how they will grow and showcase these different neighbourhoods and communities.” The artists, who were chosen through an open call earlier this year, each have a personal connection to the neighbourhoods they will be working in, whether they grew up in the area, have friends or family there, or have worked there previously. Artists will be matched with community organisations in the different wards and will be supported by the producing team at LEEDS 2023. My World My City My Neighbourhood is supported by Arts Council England and Leeds Community Foundation. For 2023, Leeds is planning a groundbreaking, 12-monthlong cultural celebration across all 33 wards of the city where everyone can play a part. Working alongside local, national and international artists and local communities, LEEDS 2023 will be for Leeds, with Leeds and inspired by Leeds. It promises to be an explosion of colour, noise and brilliant entertainment, reaching every corner of the city and its wider districts.


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BasementArtsProject presents: Panto group ‘My Kingdon for a Croissant’ returns with Mother Goose A by Bruce Davies

week, so the saying goes, is a long time in politics. Two years in Covid is apparently even longer, and in BrexitUK longer still . . . Originally booked to take place in November 2020 ‘My Kingdom For A Croissant’ will finally be realised in the ‘RealWorld’ in November 2021. Nicholas Vaughan is a Wakefield based artist, whose work often revolves around political themes from British history over the last forty years. For this exhibition he turns his attention to the current situation regarding Brexit and the cultural life of 21st Century Britain, creating for BasementArtsProject a series of wild and satirical sculptures and collages. As we emerge from a continual series of pandemic lockdowns, ‘My Kingdom For A Croissant (Part II)’ picks up where its online virtual gallery counterpart left off earlier in the year.

A dystopian fantasy world populated by characters that seem strangely familiar yet somehow not quite right. This raucous collision of ideas inspired by theme parks, Brexit, Gulliver’s Travels and all overseen by Mayor Larry from Jaws, looks at cultural and racial stereotypes and how migration and racism have become key players in the ongoing culture wars. ‘Tunnel of Tusks’ (Collage. 2020) was exhibited as part of the John Moore’s Painting Prize Exhibition 2021. It will also feature in ‘My Kingdom For A Croissant’. Special Preview Night Offer: Send an email to basement with the word ‘croissant’ to receive a croissant at the Pre-Brexit price of FREE at the preview. Wait until the night and it will be a Post-Brexit price of £1. Preview Thursday 25 November 5:30–7:30pm We are open on all of the following dates without having


to make an appointment except where noted.

Everyone is welcome. Just turn up. Exhibition Open Sunday 28 November 1– 3pm By Appointment Only Monday 29 November 11:30am–2:30pm Thursday 2nd December 11:30am–2:30pm Sunday 5 December 1–3pm By Appointment Only Monday 6 December 11:30am–2:30pm Thursday 9 December 11:30am–2:30pm Sunday 12 December 2– 4pm By Appointment Only Monday 13 December 11:30am–2:30pm Thursday 16 December 7– 9pm Mince Pies & Mulled Wine To book contact basement

ne of the many casualties of the Covid pandemic last year was the ever popular St Andrew’s Pantomime in Beeston, but the good news is that it will be back on stage in January. The award winning amateur group will be staging a new production of Mother Goose, written by Ian Noble and produced by his wife Siobhan. The story revolves around farmer Gertrude Goose, the most kind and generous person who is like a mother to the whole village – Mother Goose. But times are hard and despite her hard work the crops aren’t growing, the hens aren’t laying and the cows won’t give milk. She may have to sell the farm and ruthless property developer Cordelia BrassneckWhinge has her eyes on it. Meanwhile in the underworld two fairies are taking on a bet with a demon …

Can Mother Goose save her farm? Will the fairies win their bet? There’s only one way to find out! Shows will run from Saturday 15 to Saturday 29 January 2022 at St Andrew’s Community Centre, Old Lane in Beeston: Saturday 15 January 2pm and 7pm Sunday 16 January 2pm Wednesday 19 January 7pm Friday 21 January 7pm Saturday 22 January 2pm and 7pm Sunday 23 January 2pm Wednesday 26 January 7pm Friday 28 January 7pm Saturday 29 January 2pm and 7pm Tickets costing £6 for adults and £4 for children are available now from the box office by calling 07988 349985 or by emailing standrewspantogroup@hot mail .com



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The annual Holbeck Moor Bonfire and Carnival by Ken Burton


hen peace and victory celebrations were being arranged after the 1914-18 war it was proposed to hold a bonfire and fireworks display in Cross Flatts Park as well as Woodhouse Moor. However, some Holbeck men were talking together and one suggested holding their own bonfire and firework display on Holbeck Moor. It was about this time that a Mr Armitage picked up a ‘Tanner’, (sixpenny) coin (2½p) at the entrance to a local hostelry, the Cricketers Arms. On entering he put it in his cap saying “Reight lads, this’ll start the collection for t’fire, an if they wear’nt let’s have it we’ll gi brass ta Nurses Home.” The first collection realised over 17 shillings (85p), the idea caught on and other public houses in the local area took up their own collections. But time was short, and it required an almost superhuman effort to get the arrangements made in time. Mr Middleton of the Cricketers Arms and Mr Blaydes of the Duke of William were destined to devoting all of their time in completing the arrangements. In this task they were ably assisted by Mr Atkinson, Mr Roberts, Mr Littlewood and others who worked early and late to make the effort hugely successful. It was decided that the bonfire should be lit by a Holbeck man and there was no person more fitting of this description than the Lord Mayor, Joseph Henry, known for many years as the ‘Uncrowned King of Holbeck’ and greatly respected by

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Holbeck residents. It was a huge success and the Nurses Home gratefully received the sum of £90. The following year (1920) the event took on a more definite shape, a carnival and a bonfire being held. The fire was once again lit by the Lord Mayor, this

Domestic Street, Balm Walk, Ninevah Road, Victory Street, Meynall Street, Towngate, Shafton Lane, Crosby Road, Elland Road, Top Moor Side, and back to Holbeck Moor. This was followed by the Gala at seven with the bonfire being officially lit at half past nine in

The panel on the Leeds Tapestry at the Central Library

time it was Thomas Beveridge Duncan, who was the first Labour Lord Mayor of Leeds (1919-1920). Once again it was very successful with a large crowd in attendance with the sum of £130 being raised, but some reports say that given the size of the crowd it aught to have been more. For the Procession and Carnival there were decorated floats, brass bands, and fancy dress competitions for both children and adults it was all so colourful and very noisy. The Procession began at two in the afternoon and the route taken was via Holbeck Moor, Meadow Road, Sweet Street West, Lane, Joseph Henry ‘The Uncrowned King of Holbeck’ Holbeck

the evening. Unfortunately, in 1921 the event had to be abandoned owing to a miner’s dispute. The next show, however, was even more successful the ‘tanner’ had already raised £200 and it was hoped that another £200 would be raised again by this show. One year the bonfire was made up of over 100 pianos, local businesses having agreed to throw out their old pianos, this made a massive blaze and when the fire got really going the heat was terrific because the flames were so intense. The Moor was cordoned off and jam-packed with people from all Amy Johnson

over, some coming from miles around to join in the fun and festivities. Another show was opened by the famous aviatrix Amy Johnson who came from Hull to light the bonfire. Amy was born in Hull in 1903 and lived there until 1923 when she attended University in Sheffield. Her interest in flying began in the winter of 1928-29 and after flying solo her next achievement was to train as a Ground Engineer and at the time she was the only woman in the world to be so trained. Early in 1930 Amy decided she would like to fly solo to Australia, she convinced her father and Lord Wakefield to put up £600 to buy a de Havilland Gypsy Moth, G-AAAH, which she named 'Jason'. Amy left Croydon on 5 May 1930 and landed in Darwin, Australia on 24 May after a flight of 11,000 miles. She was the first woman to fly alone and she came home to a heroes welcome and a CBE. Amy died in 1941 on active service while ferrying an aircraft with the Air Transport Auxiliary in mysterious circumstances. The people of Holbeck were thrilled to have such a celebrity to open their celebrations, and everything went off brilliantly. All this lasted until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 this causing all such entertainments to be cancelled for the duration. Most of these events never seem to have restarted once peace was declared apart from the VE and VJ celebrations. The only acknowledgement that these shows happened can be found on the Leeds Tapestry in the Central Library.

Hunslet Carr remembers

by Andrew Price


unslet Carr Residents Association has produced a booklet which details the 57 ex-pupils of Hunslet Carr School who died in the First World War and are remembered on the Roll of Honour plaque. To coincide with the centenary of the poppy emblem this November, we asked for information regarding the names of the fallen on the Roll of Honour plaque earlier this year. We have now been able to produce a booklet giving information about each person named on the roll. We would like to thank everyone who passed on information. Hunslet Carr Residents Association are holding a special Remembrance event on Saturday 13 November at 11am at ‘Welcome to Hunslet Carr’ wheel square for the 57 Hunslet Carr ex pupils who died in WW1. Family members related to the 57 men are particularly

welcome to join the event. This will be followed by refreshments at Woodhouse Hill Community Centre. The books are for sale for £4.50 with the funds going to our HCRA projects improving the Hunslet Carr area. You can buy one at the Remembrance event or by emailing: HCRA has also produced another of its popular Hunslet Remembered calendars for 2022 after an enforced year off last year due to Covid. The calendars feature archive photos for each month of the year making it an excellent Christmas present as it includes some of the iconic Hunslet images. The ‘Hunslet Remembered 2022’ calendar is available now for sale at £3 each at the following outlets, Dawes on Belle Isle Road, Hunslet Carr Vision Centre, The Prospect Pub & Hunslet Carr Social Club on Moor Road and Gold Trader at Morrisons Centre or by emailing:

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Your guide to events and activities across South Leeds in November All events listed here have been planned around current Covid-19 restrictions and booking is often required, please contact the organisers to make sure the events are going ahead as the situation changes Full contact details can be found in our online What’s On guide at

Every Monday Mums & Tots, Tea & Toast 9-10:30am Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Community Play Group 9-11:30am Little Angels Playzone, The Sugar Mill, Beeston ESOL Beginners class 9:30am-12pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600 Crafts Group 9:30-10:45am Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road Holbeck Together coffee morning 10am-12pm St Matthew’s Community Centre Mindfulmess (online) 10:30am Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre, Belle Isle Book: 07305 167629 Chair Based Exercise 10:30am-12pm BISA 59 Club, 59 Belle Isle Circus Bingo and Hoy 11am-12pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road Hunslet TARA Walking Group 11am outside Hunslet Community Hub & Library, Church Street Dinner Jackets (baked potato) 12-1pm St Matthew’s Community Centre Lunch Club 12-1:30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road MHA Lunch Club 12-1:30pm Cottingley Community Centre Dance class 12:30-1:30pm Tenants Hall, Acre Close, Middleton Lunchtime meditation 12:30-1pm Over Zoom. Book: Drop In Technology Support 1-3pm St Luke’s Church, Malvern Road, Beeston Hill 50+ Women’s Group 1-2:30pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600 Baking Together (online) 1:30-2:30pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Book: 07305 167629 Digital Inclusion Classes 1:30-3:30pm BISA 59 Club, 59 Belle Isle Circus Dance On 2-3pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road. Multi Sports for kids 5pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Gateway 2 Sport 5-7pm Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Belle Isle Yoga with Amelia 6-7pm Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Ingram Road, Holbeck Illuminate Dance 6:30 & 7:30pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Kickboxing 6:30-8:30pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Be Creative 7-8:30pm over Zoom.

Book: Drop In Mediatation for Beginners 7-8pm Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Ingram Road, Holbeck

Every Tuesday Tots Group 9-11am Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Belle Isle Book: 07794 577586 Community Play Group 9-11:30am Little Angels Playzone, The Sugar Mill, Beeston MHA Breakfast Buddies 9-11am St Andrew’s Community Centre, Old Lane, Beeston Advice & Advocacy 9:30am-2:30pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600 Mums & Tots 9:30am Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre ESOL Entry 1 class 9:30am-12pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600 Computer class 9:30am-12pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600 Holbeck Together shopping trip 9:30am-12:30pm Book: 0113 245 5553 Coffee and Connect 10-11:30am St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Holbeck Together Charity Shop 10am-12pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Woodwork 10am Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre MHA Exercise 10-11am Beeston Village Community Centre, off Town St Hunslet TARA Litterpicking 10am meet Church of the Nazarene, Grove Road Gardening Group 10:30am-12:30pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600 Zumba / Pilates 11am-12pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston via Zoom Book: 0113 270 4600 Bingo and Hoy 11am-12pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road Quiz Time (online) 11am Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre, Belle Isle Book: 07305 167629 MEA Lunch Club 12-1:30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road Holbeck Together Lunch Club 12-1:30pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck MHA Lunch and Social 12-2:30pm Parnaby Tavern, Middleton Road, Hunslet Lunch Club and Social 12-3pm BISA 59 Club, 59 Belle Isle Circus Lunchtime meditation 12:30-1pm Over Zoom. Book: ESOL class 12:30-3pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600 Line Dancing 1-3pm St Anthony’s Church Hall, Old Lane, Beeston Line Dancing 1-3pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Old Lane, Beeston Walking Group 1:30-3:30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road. Women’s Peer Support Group 1:30pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Games Afternoon / Singing Group 2-3pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Line Dancing 2-3:30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road. Yoga 2-3pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston via Zoom Book: 0113 270 4600 Digital Skills Workshop 4-5pm Dewsbury Road Community Hub & Library Book: 07435 914350 Illuminate Dance 4:30pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Rainbows and Brownies 4:30-7:15pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street DAZL Dance 5:30-6:30pm Cottingley Community Centre Outdoor Yoga 6pm Top of Cross Flatts Park Book: 07576 113269 Inside Out exercise class 6-7pm Tenants Hall, Acre Close, Middleton Free Football sessions (8-18 yrs) 6:30-8:30pm Holbeck Community Centre, Old Elland Road. Book: South Leeds Lakers Running Club 6:55pm Beeston Village Community Centre. Book: Yoga 7pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre

Every Wednesday One You Weight Management 8:30am-12:30pm Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Belle Isle Everyday Life coffee morning 9-11am Beeston Village Community Centre, Beeston Park Place, off Town Street Advice & Advocacy 9:30am-2:30pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600 Open doors 9:30-10:30am St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Old Lane, Beeston ESOL Enty 1 class 9:30am-12pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600

Mums & Tots 9:30am Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Bacon Butty morning / News Cafe / Pop Up Shop / Textile & Painting / Bereavement Group 9:30-11:30am Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road. Holbeck Together coffee morning 10am-12pm Ingram Court Community Room, Holbeck Holbeck Together Charity Shop 10am-12pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Woodwork 10am Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Beeston In Bloom Gardening Group 10am-12pm Millennium Garden, Cross Flatts Park Confidence Building course 10:30am-12pm Tenants Hall, Acre Close, Middleton Hunslet TARA Estate Walkabout 11am meet Best One shop, Rocheford Walk Singing 11am Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Holbeck Together Lunch Club 12-1:30pm Ingram Court Community Room, Holbeck Community Cafe 12:30-2pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre, Belle Isle Lunchtime meditation 12:30-1pm Over Zoom. Book: Peer Support Group 1-2:30pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston via Zoom Book: 0113 270 4600 Parents & Tots 1:30-2:30pm Ingram Court Community Room, Holbeck Walk and Talk 2-3pm meet at Middleton Park main gates on Town Street Tai Chi 2pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Slimming World 2-9pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street. Book: 07841 488658 Skate Mates 3:30-5pm LS-TEN, Kitson Road Book: Healthy Cooking 4pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Free Football sessions (8-18 yrs) 5-7pm South Leeds Youth Hub, Belle Isle. Book: Yoga 5-6pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston via Zoom Book: 0113 270 4600 1st SLAM Beavers (6-8 yrs) 6-7:30pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Cardinal Road, Beeston Illuminate Dance 6 & 8pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Holbeck Chat & Chill 6-7:30pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck

Holbeck Moor FC: Inclusive adult football training 6:30pm Holbeck Moor Line Dancing 6:45-9pm Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Belle Isle Dru Yoga 7-8:15pm Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Ingram Road, Holbeck

Every Thursday Tots Group 9-11am Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Belle Isle Book: 07794 577586 Music & Movement 9am-1pm Little Angels Playzone, The Sugar Mill, Beeston Advice & Advocacy 9:30am-2:30pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600 Computer class / ESOL 2/3 class 9:30am-12pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600 Holbeck Together shopping trip 9:30am-12:30pm Book: 0113 245 5553 Ping Pong 9:30-10:30am Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road Holbeck Community Shop 10am-2pm St Matthew’s Community Centre Walk in Cross Flatts Park Meet 10am Hamara Centre, Tempest Road, Beeston Woodwork / Gentle Exercise / Beauty Treatments 10am Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Holbeck Together Community Cafe / Community Shop 10:30am-2pm St Matthew’s Community Centre Craft Group / Digital Inclusion 10:30am-12pm BISA 59 Club, 59 Belle Isle Circus Inclusive dance 11am-12pm Watsonian Pavilion, Cross Flatts Park

Bingo and Hoy 11am-12pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road Line Dancing 11:30am-12:30pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Lunch Club 12-1:30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road Cafe & Tea Dance 12pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre MHA Lunch Club & Social 12-2:30pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Old Lane, Beeston Lunchtime meditation 12:30-1pm Over Zoom. Book: Draw with Celia 1-3pm Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Ingram Road, Holbeck Be Friends Group 1-2:30pm Watsonian Pavilion, Cross Flatts Park Online classes 1-2:30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road. Table Tennis 1-2:30pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Walking Group 1:30-3:30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road Digital Inclusion / Social Group 1:30-3pm BISA 59 Club, 59 Belle Isle Circus Camera Club / Reiki 2pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Illuminate Dance 4pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Elevate Women’s Wellbeing Group 4-5:30pm over Zoom. Book: Middleton Scout Group 5:30-7:30pm Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Belle Isle Book: Zumba / Pilates 6-7pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston via Zoom Book: 0113 270 4600

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Yoga 7-8pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street. Book: 07512 393228

4-5:30pm Holbeck Moor. Book: Illuminate Dance 5pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre South Leeds Lakers Juniors (Athletics) 6-7pm South Leeds Stadium Book: 1st SLAM Cubs (8-10½ yrs) 6:15-7:45pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Cardinal Road, Beeston 1st SLAM Scouts (10½-14 yrs) 8-9:30pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Cardinal Road, Beeston

Every Friday Charity Shop 8:30-11:30am United Free Church, Malvern Road, Beeston Happy Global Families 9-10:30am Beeston Village Community Centre, Beeston Park Place, off Town Street Stay & Play 9-11am St Anthony’s Church Hall, Old Lane, Beeston Stay & Play 9am-6pm Little Angels Playzone, The Sugar Mill, Beeston Tea & Toast 9am Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Food Bank 9-11am Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Belle Isle ESOL 2/3 class 9:30am-12pm Asha Neighbourhood Project, Beeston Book: 0113 270 4600 Toast, Cuppa & Games 9:30-11am Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road. Hunslet RLFC Breakfast Club 10am-12pm Phoenix Suite, South Leeds Stadium Holbeck Together coffee morning 10am-12pm St Matthew’s Community Centre Holbeck Together Dance On 10-11am Holbeck Moor Gardening Group 10am-12pm BISA 59 Club, 59 Belle Isle Circus MHA Stretch & Tone 10-11am St Andrew’s Community Centre, Old Lane, Beeston Hunslet TARA Gardening 10am meet Church of the Nazarene, Grove Road Drop In Technology Support 10-12pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre, Belle Isle Arts & Crafts 11am Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Bingo and Hoy 11am-12pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road MHA Lunch Club 12-1:30pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Lunch Club 12-1:30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road Fish & Chip Lunch Club 12-1:30pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Lunchtime meditation 12:30-1pm Over Zoom. Book: Ballroom & Sequence Dancing 1-3pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Old Lane, Beeston Little Legs Rugby 1-3pm Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Belle Isle Line Dancing / Computer Club 1:30pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre Bingo Afternoon 1:30-3pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck Friday Social Club 1:30-3:30pm BISA 59 Club, 59 Belle Isle Circus Chair-based Exercise 1:45-2:45pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road. Book: 0113 272 1050 Poetry (online) 3pm Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre, Belle Isle Book: 07305 167629 Free Football sessions (8-18 yrs)

Every Saturday Cross Flatts parkrun 9am Top of Cross Flatts Park Middleton Woods parkrun 9am Leeds Urban Bike Park Debbie Heart Theatre School 9am-1pm Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Belle Isle DAZL Tinys (Age 3-5) DAZL Xplode (Age 6-9; 10+) DAZL HQ, Middleton Community Centre, Acre Road. Book: Park Roll rollerskating 10am-12pm Sports Courts, Cross Flatts Park, Beeston Book: Outdoor Yoga 10:30am Top of Cross Flatts Park Book: 07576 113269 School Uniform Swap Shop 11am-1pm Bridge Cafe, Cross Flatts Park, Beeston

Every Sunday Junior parkrun (4-14 yrs) 9am Top of Cross Flatts Park Knitting Group 10am-12pm Watsonian Pavilion, Cross Flatts Park Indoor Children’s Exercise 10am-12pm Hillside, Beeston Rd Healthy Minds Cycling Skills 10-11am Watsonian Pavilion, Cross Flatts Park Toning & Stretching with Julie 6:30-7:30pm DAZL HQ, Middleton Community Centre, Acre Road. Book: 07783 786776 Friday 29 October MHA Dance-a-thon 9am-5pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Old Lane, Beeston Beeston Nightriders cycle ride 7-9pm Meet Aldi car park, Tunstall Road, Beeston Saturday 30 October Craft & Homemade Food Market 9:30am-12:30pm Watsonian Pavilion, Cross Flatts Park Buddhist Retreat Weekend 9am-5pm Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Ingram Road, Holbeck Leeds Dads Halloween soft play 10am-12pm Little Angels Playzone, The Sugar Mill, Beeston Coco film & make up event 12pm The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn Book: Halloween Party Hunslet Warriors, The Oval Planet LOL 7:30pm The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn Book: Sunday 31 October Buddhist Retreat Weekend 9am-5pm Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Ingram Road, Holbeck Death in the Park Guided Walk Meet 1:30pm Middleton Park Visitor Centre, off Town Street What Are You Hungry For? 8pm The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn Book: Monday 1 November

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What’s On 21 Paediatric First Aid course 9:45am-4:15pm Tenants Hall, Men’s Corner 7-8:30pm Charlies-Angel-Centre, 6B Ashbrooke Park, LS11 5SF Tuesday 2 November Hunslet TARA Coffee & PCSOs 10am Hunslet Community Hub and Library, Church Street Grandparents Social Circle 7-8:30pm Charlies-Angel-Centre, 6B Ashbrooke Park, LS11 5SF Wednesday 3 November MHA Rambling Group Book: (0113) 271 6201 MHA Kurling 10-11am St Andrew’s Community Centre, Old Lane, Beeston Leeds Irish Health Group 10am-12pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street MHA Pot of Tea Dementia Cafe 1-3pm St Andrew’s Community Centre, Old Lane, Beeston Hunslet Tenants & Residents 6:30-8pm Church of the Nazarene, Grove Road Miscarriage Support Group 7-8:30pm Charlies-Angel-Centre, 6B Ashbrooke Park, LS11 5SF Thursday 4 November Women’s Health: Address the Stress 4:30-6:30pm BITMO’s GATE, Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle Hunslet Carr Residents Assoc 6:30-8pm Woodhouse Hill Community Centre Community Support Group 7-8:30pm Charlies-Angel-Centre, 6B Ashbrooke Park, LS11 5SF Beeston Community Forum 7:30-9pm Beeston Village Community Centre, Beeston Park Place, off Town Street Saturday 6 November Simply Meditation 9:30am-3pm drop in anytime Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Ingram Road, Holbeck Holbeck & Beeston Cemetery Volunteers 10am-1pm Meet centre of Holbeck Cemetery, Beeston Road Coffee morning 10am-12pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Coffee morning 10am-12pm Church of the Nazarene, Grove Road, Hunslet Women’s Walking Group 11am-1pm Book: 07435 914350 A Mighty Fall From Grace 7:30pm The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn Book: Board Games Night 7:30pm The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn Book: Monday 8 November Paediatric First Aid course 9:45am-4:15pm Tenants Hall, Acre Close, Middleton Tuesday 9 November Hearing Aid Clinic 10am-1:30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road Epic Leeds 3:30-6:30pm Little Angels Playzone, The Sugar Mill, Beeston Wednesday 10 November MHA Kurling 10-11am St Andrew’s Community Centre, Old Lane, Beeston Saturday 13 November Your Space Craft & Cafe 10am-12pm Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Ingram Road, Holbeck Remembrance Event 11am Outside Bay Horse pub, Balm Road, Hunslet Carr Sunday 14 November Remembrance Service 10:30am Holbeck Cemetery, Beeston Road Act of Remembrance

10:55am St John & St Barnabas church, Belle Isle Road Act of Remembrance 12:30pm St Mary’s church spire, Church Street, Hunslet Act of Remembrance 1pm Hunslet Cemetery Act of Remembrance 1:30pm Stourton War Memorial, Thwaite Gate Monday 15 November Craft Club 1:30-4pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Wednesday 17 November Leeds Irish Health Group 10am-12pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Friday 19 November Christmas Lights Switch On 6:30pm Church Street, Hunslet Saturday 20 November Coffee morning 10am-12pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Women’s Walking Group 11am-1pm Book: 07435 914350 Tuesday 23 November Hunslet TARA Coffee & PCSOs 10am Hunslet Community Hub and Library, Church Street Epic Leeds 3:30-6:30pm Little Angels Playzone, The Sugar Mill, Beeston Wednesday 24 November Tiny Tetley (0-3 yrs) 9am & 10:30am The Tetley Art Gallery, Hunslet Road Hunslet Cemetery Volunteers 10am-1pm Meet by the chapel Middleton Road, Hunslet Arm in Arm Memory Cafe 1:30-3:30pm Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road

Thursday 25 November Christmas Lights Switch On 4pm Belle Isle Circus Christmas Lights Switch On 5:30pm Balm Road, Hunslet Carr Christmas Lights Switch On 6pm Town Street, Beeston Friday 26 November Christmas Lights Switch On 4pm Middleton Park Circus Beeston & Holbeck Councillors’ Surgeries 4pm Beeston Community Hub & Library, Town Street, Beeston 5pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck 6pm Cottingley Community Centre Beeston Nightriders cycle ride 7-9pm Meet Aldi car park, Tunstall Road, Beeston Saturday 27 November Craft & Homemade Food Market 9:30am-12:30pm Watsonian Pavilion, Cross Flatts Park Christmas Fair 10am-1pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Jumble Sale 10am-12pm Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Ingram Road, Holbeck Hunslet & Riverside Councillors’ Surgeries 10am Hunslet Hub & Library 11am Dewsbury Rd Hub & Library 12pm The Hunslet Club 1pm Hamara Centre 2pm Lock Keeper’s House 3pm Middleton Railway 4pm Woodhouse Hill Com Centre 6pm Facebook Live: Sunday 28 November Holbeck Together Sunday Lunch 12-2pm St Matthew’s

Community Centre Book: 0113 245 5553 Leeds Dads meetup 2-4pm The Holbeck club, Jenkinson Lawn Wednesday 1 December Hunslet Tenants & Residents 6:30-8pm Church of the Nazarene, Grove Road Thursday 2 December Hunslet Carr Residents Assoc 6:30-8pm Woodhouse Hill Community Centre Beeston Community Forum 7:30-9pm Beeston Village Community Centre, Beeston Park Place, off Town Street Saturday 4 December Holbeck & Beeston Cemetery Volunteers 10am-1pm Meet centre of Holbeck Cemetery, Beeston Road Coffee morning 10am-12pm Beeston Parish Centre, Town Street Coffee morning 10am-12pm Church of the Nazarene, Grove Road, Hunslet Middleton Railway Santa Specials 10am-4pm Moor Road, Hunslet Book: Slung Low Christmas Fayre 12-4pm The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn Board Games Night 7:30pm The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn Book: Sunday 5 December Middleton Railway Santa Specials 10am-4pm Moor Road, Hunslet Book: Christmas Lights Switch On 5:30pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck

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Tommy street lights

vents to remember those who died in the two world wars and other conflicts will take place across South Leeds this month. St Luke’s Church will lead a Remembrance Service at Holbeck Cemetery, Beeston Road, on Sunday 14 November - Remembrance Sunday. The event will start at 10:30am and include the two minute silence at 11am. 90 rocks painted with poppies will be laid at the Sword of Honour to mark the 90 war graves contained in the cemetery. The cemetery will be decorated with knitted poppies as in past years. People of all faiths and none are encouraged to attend the event. Also on Sunday 14th an Act

of Remembrance will take place at St John & St Barnabas Church on Belle Isle at 10:55am followed by a Requiem Mass. Act of Remembrance will also take place at War Memorials around Hunslet: St Mary’s church spire, Church Street at 12:30pm; Hunslet Cemetery at 1pm; Stourton War Memorial, Thwaite Gate at 1:30pm. You can find details of the Remembrance event in Hunslet Carr on page 19. Beeston in Bloom have also been making poppies from plastic drinks bottles. They plan to display 1,000 poppies at the bus turning circle on Town Street outside Beeston Primary School.

Poppies from plastic bottles

City College taster sessions L Notice of application for the grant of a Premises Licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003. Notice is hereby given that Nasra Foods Ltd has applied to Leeds City Council for the grant of a Premises Licence in respect of premises to be known as: Nasra Foods, 22 Sissons Avenue, Leeds, LS10 4LA. The proposed licensable activities and their hours are: the sale of alcohol Monday to Sunday 09:00 to 23:00. The opening hours of the premises will be Monday to Sunday 09:00 to 23:30. Any representations by an interested party or responsible authority regarding the above-mentioned application must be received in writing by the Entertainment Licensing, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR, no later than 29th November 2021 the grounds for objection. The register of Leeds City Council and the record of the application may be inspected at the address of the council, given above, during normal business hours or on the council's website – It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application. The maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence is unlimited.

Goods Vehicle Operator’s Licence JS Transport Bradford Ltd of 21 Bela Avenue, Bradford, BD4 9PL is applying for a licence to use Elland Road, Beeston, Leeds, LS11 8BA as an operating centre for 2 goods vehicles. Owners or occupiers of land (including buildings) near the operating centre(s) who believe that their use or enjoyment of that land would be affected, should make written representations to the Traffic Commissioner at North East of England, Hillcrest House, 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 6NF, stating their reasons, within 21 days of this notice. Representors must at the same time send a copy of their representations to the applicant at the address given at the top of this notice. A Guide to Making Representations is available from the Traffic Commissioner’s office.

eeds City College is prioritising adult learning by hosting a fortnight of free taster sessions as part of the Festival of Learning. The ‘Have a Go Fortnight’ will be running from 1 to 12 November 2021, with the mission to inspire adults across the region to engage with learning and discover the varied curriculum areas. Leeds City College has been working in partnership with local organisations and education providers to raise the profile of the adult learning agenda through the festival, by supporting adults across the district to re-discover education following the challenges of the pandemic. Jo Dye, Deputy Director of Adult, Community and ESOL at Leeds City College, said: “In recent years, we’ve seen

adult education become less of a priority across the country, and because of the historic funding cuts, reduced support and lack of confidence

“By offering free taster sessions as part of the Festival of Learning, we hope to demonstrate how lifelong learning can better equip

amongst adult learners due to the pandemic, we’ve seen the lowest adult participation in a decade.

learners to adapt to unexpected change and improve their skills. We hope that the fortnight will show that

adult learning is available at all levels and stages of life, whether that’s developing a new skill, brushing up on knowledge or learning at an advanced level.” The ‘Have a Go’ activities include sessions from Sports Science and Exercise, Business, Science, Digital and IT, Public Services, Travel, Food and Drink, Childcare, Counselling and Adult and Community. The fortnight coincides with the Festival of Learning Lifelong Learning Week which takes place from 8 to 12 November, with the aim to raise awareness of lifelong learning across a range of policy areas. Find out more about the Festival of Learning and book sessions by visiting

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he nights are drawing in, but one group of local residents are doing the opposite of hibernating – and they want you to join in! They have formed the ‘Beeston Nightriders’, and will be leading free local community bike rides, at night, through the winter. Their first ride is on Friday 29 October, meeting at 7pm in the Aldi carpark on Tunstall Road; the next will be Friday 26 November, also 7pm at Aldi. Future dates and venues might change: watch out on their Facebook group or South

Leeds Life for further details. Paolo Griffiths, one of those behind the new group, commented: “Some friends and I started doing night rides back in first lockdown, for exercise: we needed to get out and doing something! We’re now turning it into a community group, so more people can join in: everyone is welcome.” Rides are likely to take about 2 hours, including plenty of stops. Participants are asked to bring lights (as many as possible!) – although if they haven’t got any, there will be a

Grab some lights and saddle up limited number to lend out. The group is currently only open to people aged 18+. And the organisers are keen to shape the project according to the

ideas and input of others, and also to hear from others willing to help out. The group is supported by the local Big Bike Fix.



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Singing, dancing and much more at St Matthew’s this autumn by Daisy Morgan


olbeck Together is excited to share its brand new schedule for the Autumn. Along with a jam-packed month of Christmas festivities, the time has come to welcome back the community’s muchloved singing and line dancing classes after a long hiatus. If you enjoy a good singalong, join our Yellowbirds Choir Singing Group from 2-3pm every Tuesday. The Yellowbirds Choir sings classic songs through the ages from Cole Porter to Abba and more! Learn to sing with confidence, make new friends and have fun in this choir. Everybody is welcome - there is no need to read music or have experience of singing. The group costs £2 per session and is led by Jessica Bowie accompanied by her ukulele.

If you think you might prefer to dust off your dancing shoes, come along to our line dancing group on Thursdays from 11.30am – 12.30pm at St Matthew’s. No experience is required so anyone is welcome to join us and give it a try. The session costs £2 per session. There will be a chance to see the choir in action at The Big

Christmas Get Together at St Matthews on Friday 17 December, along with a performance from our Dance On group. The community is invited to join us for food, entertainment, performances and much more. Watch this space for more information. On Halloween itself there is a

chance to browse Holbeck Together’s brand new clothes shop at a pop-up sale. The shop will be open from 10am2pm at St Matthews on Sunday 31 October. Join us to get your hands on a huge range of clothes, shoes, accessories and more, as well as a bacon sandwich and a coffee at our Community Cafe. Other highlights this Autumn include trips to Bury, Tong Garden Centre and a meal outing to Chiquitos, as well as Halloween and Bonfire Night themed lunches, and a Christmas outing to the pantomime. Make sure you browse through the full schedule and get the dates in your diary. For more information about any of Holbeck Together’s activities and services, or to enquire about booking, please call the office on (0113) 245 5553.

Councillor Slung Low are surgeries back making a film up and running F ollowing the success of their short film The Good Book, Slung Low and Leeds People’s Theatre have joined forces with the team at Leeds 2023 to make a new film in February and March next year. Filmed in Leeds and the Yorkshire countryside, the film will be cast from members of the community working with guest actors. Shooting will take place in the evenings and at weekends over two weeks in February and March 2022.

Hilary Benn MP with Councillors Almass, Gabriel and Scopes


t’s been a long time but Beeston and Holbeck Councillors are delighted to have re-started their face-toface surgery sessions. The Covid pandemic led to surgeries in this format being cancelled with contact being made either via the telephone or email. Knowing how important it is to see someone in person to discuss sometimes difficult issues, Councillors Angela Gabriel, Gohar Almass and Andrew Scopes are extremely pleased that they can now offer this service again. The surgeries are being held on the fourth Friday of each month. The sessions are held at 4pm at the Beeston Community Hub & Library, Town Street and at 5pm at St

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Matthew’s Community Centre in Holbeck. Local residents don’t need to make an appointment and can just turn up to speak to their local Councillor, one of whom will be in attendance at each session. Councillor Angela Gabriel said: “We are delighted to be able to offer face-to-face surgeries once again, it has been extremely difficult for everyone throughout the pandemic and we have missed the in-person contact that we are used to having with our residents. “If anyone does have an issue they would like to discuss with us then please do feel free to pop along on one of the Fridays and talk to us, we would love to see you!”

The plot of the new film, written by James Phillips, will be revealed next year but if you want to be a part of it (onscreen and off) then you can sign up at Slung Low are also holding an Acting On Camera Workshop on Saturday 20 November 124. At The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn, LS11 9QX. The workshop is open to anyone, whatever your experience. To book your place please go to:

IN BRIEF Breakfast at Hunslet Rugby Hunslet RLFC's Breakfast Club recently got a boost when Yorkshire Tea donated a box of tea bags to the group. Run by exParkside players from the famous club, the group meets each Friday morning in the Phoenix Bar at South Leeds Stadium for a bacon or sausage buttie and a cuppa. All are welcome to come along for a good natter in a friendly atmosphere. Picture shows ex-Hunslet player, Lewis Cardiss, receiving the tea bags from Pat Benatmane on behalf of Yorkshire Tea.

Hunslet TARA starts walking group Hunslet Tenants & Residents Association has started a walking group. The group will meet weekly starting on Monday 8 November at 11am outside the Hunslet Community Hub & Library.

Remembering Service rearranged One of the services arranged for families to remember those they have lost over the last 20 months (The Empty Chair, page 9 October 2021) has been rearranged. The service at St Mary’s Beeston will now take place on Saturday 6 November at 4pm. To book a space please contact: 07729 905682 ian.waterhouse

Christmas Lights switch ons Christmas lights at district centres around South Leeds will be switched on as follows: Friday 19 November: 6:30pm Church Street, Hunslet Thursday 25 November: 4pm: Belle Isle Circus 5:30pm: Balm Road, Hunslet Carr 6pm: Town Street Beeston Friday 26 November: 4pm: Middleton Park Circus Sunday 5 December 5:30pm St Matthew’s Community Centre, Holbeck

St Luke’s community litter pick On Saturday 20 November St Luke's Church, Malvern Road, Beeston Hill will be the base for a big community clear up operation in around the streets between the M621, Cemetary Road and Beeston. Please arrive at 1:45pm for a short briefing. 2-4pm will be spent out on the streets in small groups. At 4pm everyone will return together for a well earned drink and cake at St Luke's Church. All equipment including gloves, litter pickers and bags will be provided, all activities are risk assessed and people will work together in teams. If you are unable to help with the litter picking but could contribute cakes/similar for the refreshment time please contact Ben Hutchinson on 07419 366 058.

Christmas Fairs St Mary’s Church will be holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday 27 November from 10am-1pm at Beeston Parish Centre on Town Street. Slung Low’s Christmas Fayre take place a week later on Saturday 4 December, 12-4pm at The Holbeck club on Jenkinson Lawn. Promising their traditional hog roast (and vegan alternative), mulled wine, brass band and carol singing led by The Holbeck Choir this is guaranteed to set you up for the season ahead. If you would like a free stall at the Fayre, please email before the 20 November.

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24 Sporting Life


Staying active Painting Hunslet Green through autumn T by Pat Benatmane

by Karen Peck


et Set Leeds Local continues to work alongside the community helping develop new activities, building on community good ideas, listening, and helping sustain activities that Get Set Leeds Local has supported to get off the ground. As the colder weather sets in and darker nights develop then the attention of many community groups Get Set Leeds Local is working with has gone into thinking about how we adapt and support physical activities to continue over Autumn and Winter. This may be continuing to be active outdoors or moving activities indoors somewhere. It’s certainly harder for many to be motivated to get outdoors and be active if it’s cooler, darker, or rainy but for many it’s

you’d like to share any. Another element of the App is walking trails, with photos of the routes. We’d be keen to work with individuals or groups to help us develop a new walking trail for the app in Beeston Hill or Holbeck. This could be developing a history walk, an arts walk, a mindfulness walk of one of the local communities (or any other idea). Get in touch if this is something you’d like to help us develop. One challenge some groups have faced as some activities have moved indoors is finding suitable indoor venues which can accommodate their needs. We’re keen to pull together a helpful list of indoor venues which could be used for different sports and fitness activities. If you know of a good community venue in or around Beeston and Holbeck then drop us an email to let us know about it. For anyone looking for resources and tools to help them be active at home, there’s lots of useful ideas at

hanks to a grant from the RFL’s Created By Rugby League World Cup, work on Hunslet Warriors’ new girls’ changing room at Hunslet Green has been moving ahead. Linking up with VIY (Volunteer It Yourself) local youngsters have been learning skills such as plumbing and carpentry, whilst gaining City and Guilds qualifications. It’s not just apprentices who have been at the Hunslet Green Clubhouse, but also members of the Warriors’ rugby teams during their school holidays. Meanwhile, the new physio room is taking shape, with paint generously donated by Dulux transforming a dark

Saj on the right prepares the apprentices to paint the walls of the physio room room into a clean area where muscle aches and pains can

be sorted. Dulux have also provided paint to spruce up the

Students from Broomfield School ready to start work even more important to gain some of the positive outcomes of being active - supporting our mental health, boosting immunity, keeping connected etc. One idea to help families get outdoors, and make a walk more interesting is the Love Exploring augmented reality App which is free to download. It includes games within Leeds parks. For a short time only families can search for the spooky Halloween dancers at Cross Flatts Park and Middleton Park (alongside Leeds City Centre and Roundhay Park). Those spooky characters have got some good dance moves, for families to view via their phones. There’s 10 to be found in each of the parks. Have your photo taken with one or even have a go at copying some of their dance moves? We’d love to see your videos or photos if healthy-at-home to explore, including activities for children, adults and older adults, along with some activities on the Active Leeds YouTube channel. If you have a good idea for something that could support people to move more, then as always get in touch. We may be able to help make it happen. We have a Community Chest Pot to support small good ideas, with funding up to £300 available. We’re also keen to hear your insight and ideas for anything else. Collectively we can help develop a place where being active is an easier choice for more people. Get Set Leeds Local is a Sport England funded project for Beeston Hill and Holbeck led by Active Leeds (part of Leeds City Council). Contact: or BeestonHill

changing rooms and corridors. Bringing the various south Leeds communities together is a step closer as, in midOctober, an enthusiastic group from Broomfield School in Belle Isle came down to help out. Whilst learning new skills, the teenagers, both male and female, sanded down the walls and benches in the home and away changing rooms. After applying undercoat to the walls, they have now used the Dulux paint to put on the first topcoat layer. Several enjoyed the work so much that they will be back in half-term to carry on with more painting and decorating, whilst some of the Hunslet Warriors under 15s team will be learning a few more plumbing and pipework skills. Next step is to install a new kitchen hatch and kitchen to provide hot drinks and food on training nights and match days.

Awards round off HNCC season T

he Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club (HNCC) Senior and Under 17s presentation night was held on Friday 15 October at Drighlington Manor. The evening was a great celebration of club, individual and team achievements during the 2021 season. Anthony Ryder, HNCC Chairman opened the proceedings by thanking all those who have supported the club this year with special mention to Brian Farrell who stepped down as chairman after 26 years in post and Will Stiff who stepped down as first team captain after 7 years. The Chairman also acknowledged how the club has supported our local community through events including the music festival

and enjoy cricket week plus other initiatives such as foodbank collections. The winners of all the awards were congratulated on their achievements. Some of the highlights were Sam Thewlis who won awards for the 1st XI, 2nd XI, Sunday team and Under 17s. The Sunday team won the league Fair Play award for the third year which is testament to the club's ethos of developing juniors into the senior game and several players in the Sunday team also won individual league awards. Planning has already started for the 2022 season both on and off the field to keep building on the successes of this year. After a short break at the

end of the season, junior winter nets will start on Monday 8 November at Cockburn School.

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Sam Thewlis receives one of four awards

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