We’re bowled over in Middleton!

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Middleton Community Bowling Club members will be on action indoors over the coming months. Photograph: Andrew Picken

Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre in Middleton holds an indoor bowling session every Friday afternoon from 1pm to 3:30pm which looks like lots of fun! New members are welcome to join in too.

The sessions are run by Middleton Community Bowling Club and are funded through a Community First Grant.

Pop along if you’d like to join in!

South Leeds Links: Holbeck meadows, Middleton crossing and crime

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Holbeck’s meadows are still blooming lovely, even in late October. Photo courtesy Holbeck in Bloom blog

Morning all! Here’s your weekly round-up of what’s making South Leeds tick on the area’s websites, blogs and on Facebook.

Holvbeck’s meadows are still blooming in October, according to Holbeck in Bloom blog. And the group’s got a meeting coming up soon.

Middleton residents who were told a busy-three way junction was not dangerous enough for a crossing have been given fresh hope a year on, reports the YEP.

And the paper also reports how the boss of a south Leeds kitchen supplier left devastated by fire has vowed to rebuild his business.

The Hunslet Club has all kinds of Hallowe’en events on this week. Check them out.

Two men have been charged and have appeared in court over the alleged stabbing of a taxi driver in Beeston at the weekend.

The success of Holbeck Neighbourhood Policing Team on South Leeds Community Radio has continued as the show reached its 30th episode.

Don’t forget to follow the latest on thre Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan over on their blog.

Over on Facebook…

A timely reminder from, Cottingley TRAC that today it’s the winter wellbeing fair, 11am  til 2.30pm featuring over 55’s drop in for soup, slippers and wii games at Cottingley Community Centre.

New bird boxes will be fitted at Sharp Lane Plantation this weekend. All welcoem to attend.

Pie and pea supper held by the guides at St Cross Church, Middleton, 6.30pm till 8pm wed 7th Nov £3.50 for adults £2 for kids. All welcome.

Friends of Middleton Park seem ‘quietly impressed’ by how the new Lakeside Centre is shaping up.

Meet your new community correspondents for South Leeds Life

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Residents typing out their first posts as part of our community reporters’ training scheme. Photograph: Jeremy Morton

Pictured above are some of the local residents who are about to become community correspondents for South Leeds Life!

This afternoon we’ve been holding the first session of our 10-week community correspondents course at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre.

Course participants got a preview about what the course will offer, including writing, photographic and video skills, as well as sessions on social media like Twitter and Facebook.

They also discovered our new community correspondents website, which helps people to put together their articles through a handy step-by-step guide.

And with a bit of luck some of them will be using it to file their first posts this afternoon!

South Leeds residents form community network

Members from a number of community groups across South Leeds have met to form a new network.

The meeting, at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre in Middleton last night, saw local residents agree to form the South Leeds Community Network, which aims to help local groups access information to support their activities, showcase local projects and bring groups together to exchange ideas.

The network is also being established to offer an accessible community resource available to any residents needing help to form a group.

Dennis Kitchen, who lives in West Hunslet and is heavily involved in running groups in Holbeck, chaired the meeting. He said:

“I’m hoping to get people to realise that there is a mutual benefit of different groups working together and sharing knowledge and expertise. South Leeds has such a wide number of local groups and it’s be great to get them working together and bring them into a wider network where everyone supports each other.”

The meeting also discussed the benefits of applying for Community First Funding, which sees small pots of money available for groups to support their activities.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Holbeck in Bloom, Holbeck Elderly Aid, Beeston History group, Voice of Holbeck, D&P United community printers, Morley Rugby, Tingley TARA and more.

Members voted to go ahead with establishing the network. A steering meeting will be held soon to set up a constitution and bank account.

The next meeting of the network will be on January 10 at Tenants Hall, starting at 6.30pm.

New network will support South Leeds community groups

South Leeds residents will tonight come together to form a support network to encourage new and existing community groups to continue and expand.

Meeting: Tenants Hall in Middleton

South Leeds Community Network aims to help community groups access information to support their activities, showcase local projects and bring groups together to share their work and ideas for the benefit of their communities.

The network will help groups to become able to apply for funding that could help finance their activities.

It will offer a community resource that is available to any residents wanting help to form a group or any existing groups that would like to share their experience of running successful projects.

South Leeds Community Network will be run by local people, be supported by local organisations and will be based at Holbeck Community Centre.

Representatives from all local community groups are invited to attend the network launch tonight (Monday, October 29) at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre, Acre Close, Middleton (6.30pm-8pm).

How to find Tenants Hall

Hunslet Club Fireworks Display Coming Saturday

A busy week at the Hunslet Club for half term with Activity Camp for 5 to 14 year olds and a Halloween Party for Toddlers on Wednesday, then on Saturday it’s our Fireworks Display.

Numbers are strictly limited so arrive early to avoid dissapointment.

Change of hours for recycling centres

Clocks going back this weekend marks the start of changed opening hours for Leeds’ household waste sorting sites.

The city’s hubs for recycling, including Holmewell Road in Middleton, will close at 4pm from Monday 29 October.

All nine sites will continue to open at 8am, seven days a week.

A range of materials can be re-used and recycled at each site and the re-use shop at East Leeds household waste sorting site, Revive, is always on the look out for good quality, unused items.

Goods are sold by Revive at low prices with profits being ploughed back into the local charities – Emmaus, SLATE and SVP – that run the shop as a community interest group. Revive is also open seven days a week and doors open at 9am. From Monday 29 October Revive will close at 3.30pm.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

Cllr Mark Dobson

“We’d like to remind residents that if they are planning a trip to one of our household waste sorting sites, that while they’re still open at 8am every day, they will be closing a little earlier.


“We want to give people as many opportunities to recycle as possible. That’s why our sites are open all year round. In fact, they only close three days a year – Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.


“We’ve seen some fantastic recycling rates over the summer and I hope residents will continue to work with us and staff on site to keep these achievements going.”

Summer opening hours for the sites – 8am to 6pm – will resume in April 2013.

A full list of household waste sorting sites and the range of materials that can be reused and recycled at each can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Recyclingsites.aspx.

Hunslet Photo Nostalgia Part 2

Following on from part one of a nostalgic photo slideshow of hundreds of photos of Hunslet and it’s surrounding area, from a bygone age, last week (viewed over 150 times already), we now present Part 2. See how many places you recognise still standing, or what is long gone that you remember. Feel free to post your memories or knowledge of any of the places shown.

Tune in next week for the 3rd and final part.

Middleton Elderly Aid receives Royal ‘thank you’

Local organisation Middleton Elderly Aid has been awarded a prestigious regional community award.

The organisation, which was set up in 1989 to promote independence amongst the over 60s of Middleton, is the latest recipient of The Duke of York Community Initiative Award.

The Duke of York founded the initiative in 1998, primarily and actively encouraging the development of community spirit, individual leadership and initiatives in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The initiative supports projects through a dedicated award scheme and recognition of excellence. Its principal aim is to foster and increase community spirit throughout Yorkshire and is only awarded to community schemes of outstanding merit which meet the rigorous and robust assessment criteria.

Middleton Elderly Aid Chief Officer Dawn Austwick said:

“Being awarded the Duke of York Community Initiative is a fantastic achievement and a real honour for us and the members who give their time so freely.

“We are very proud of the work we do and this award is a marvellous seal of approval.”

Simon Blagden, Chair of Trustees for The Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award scheme, said:

“On behalf of myself and the assessment panel, I would like to offer our congratulations on what is a great achievement.”

Middleton Elderly Aid received its award from The Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Hon Susan Cunliffe-Lister, who also read a personal message from The Duke of York, who was unable to attend the ceremony because of thick fog across the country.

Toddlers & Pre-School Kids Fancy Dress Halloween Party At The Hunslet Club

As well as the Halloween Party for all the family at the Hunslet Club this coming Friday 26th October, the club will also be hosting a special party for toddlers and pre-schoolers’ on Wednesday 31st October between 4:00 – 4:45pm. Lots of fun and games, come and join in, newcomers very welcome!

Halloween Party for Tots and Pre-Schoolers

South Leeds Links: Hunslet Club, Belle Isle speeding and drugs talk

Here’s your weekly dose of links to what’s making South Leeds tick on the area’s websites, blogs and on Facebook. By the way, remember us mentioning the start of our community correspondents course next Tuesday? We’re fully booked up and oversubscribed, so thanks for your interest. We’ll be running more courses in the future.

“It’s 4.45pm and the Hunslet Club in south Leeds is so busy that I have to queue for quite some time to get in. Toddlers are racing around, parents drink coffee and kids in, variously, ballet outfits, gym kits and disco gear jostle to get past me.”

– The Guardian pays a visit to the fabulous work that goes on at the Hunslet Club.

PCSOs Johnny Wilson and Dave Lythe attended at the Beeston Guides company to give a talk about drugs. There’s also an update from Proceeds of Crime team on a case in Cottingley.

What’s on at Holbeck Working Men’s Club in October? Check out the Friends of Holbeck Working Men’s Club blog for more.

Speeding vehicles on Sharp House Road, Belle Isle. were discussed at a recent public meeting.

A £50,000 sensory playground aimed at benefiting children at a special school in Belle Isle has been unveiled, reports the YEP.

Check out this short video of a massive hail storm in Beeston last week, courtesy Bob Massive on Youtube.

The table top sale due to be held at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre in Middleton on Saturday has been cancelled.

Gerald Jennings and James Pitt of the South Leeds Investment Partnership will be speaking at next week’s Beeston Forum meeting. All welcome.

Hallowe’en discos and hair and beauty are the latest offerings at the South Leeds Youth Hub in Belle Isle.

Over on Facebook…

New trees and a litter pick are discussed over at the Friends of Sharp Lane Plantation page.

The Friends of Middleton Park update their page with the latest photos of improvement work on the park.

Cottingley residents are being invited to describe the estate in one word over at Cottingley TRAC.

Middleton event provides information on fostering

Leeds City Council currently has an urgent need for foster carers and is currently seeking carers who can foster babies and very young children. 

The authority is holding an information/recruitment event in Middleton in the new year for people in south Leeds who may be interested in fostering.

To foster children in the 0-5 year old age range, at least one carer in the house must be able to foster care full time. They would need to have a spare bedroom and be a non smoker. Allowances and fees are paid. People can visit www.foster4leeds.co.uk for more information.

Over the next few months the council is holding some recruitment evenings at various venues across Leeds where people can pop in and chat to our foster carer recruitment team and in some cases current foster carers. Details of these are on the www.foster4leeds.co.uk website.

The Middleton event will be held on Wednesday, 13 February in the Lynne Barthorpe room at the St George’s Centre, 4-8pm.

Middleton ASDA latest – supermarket giant ‘still committed’

A number of readers have contacted South Leeds Life asking for an update on the plans to build a new Asda supermarket in Middleton.

Back in February it was revealed that the store, which originally received planning permission in 2010, would be open by November 2013.

But Asda chiefs are now keeping their cards close to their chests over whether they’re still in line to meet that date.

The development has been dogged by delays over the years, including wrangles over land ownership, the relocation of existing businesses and the construction of a new access road to the nearby waste recycling centre.

As we reported back in June, Asda submitted slightly revised plans for the store.

Those revised plans are still awaiting approval from the council’s planning department.

The revisions included store layout, access into the car park has changed, the road into the service yard had been updated and the position of the store on the site had altered slightly, with the store being located closer to the northern boundary.

When contacted by South Leeds Life for clarification on the current position regarding the store opening, an Asda spokesman issued a statement saying:

“We are committed to building a new Asda store in Middleton, which will create significant employment opportunities for the local community.”

Which is broadly good news – but no mention of any timescale. The store’s webpage currently has a holding sign saying the page is currently being updated.

We’ll bring you any developments as they happen.

Hunslet Photo Nostalgia

Some time ago a disk of nostalgic Hunslet photos set to music was handed to the Hunslet Club to be shown on the big screen at a reunion event. We figured it deserves a wider audience for those interested in local history. These are not club images but images from throughout the 20th century of places, many now gone, and the people who lived here. Take a look!

(more to come next week)

Residential for South Leeds young people

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Young people from across South Leeds have come together for an exciting residential experience.

17 young people from the Middleton Park ward and Beeston, Cottingley and Middleton Cluster enjoyed a weekend residential at Herd Farm.

Youth workers from Leeds Youth Service brought together the group with the aim of better integration of communities.

Young people took part in a variety of outdoor and indoor activities including a giant swing, a night walk to the Emmerdale set, archery, an assault course and a ‘crate stack’. This is where young people, secured by harnesses, slowly build a tower with crates which they have to balance on. This continues until the stack falls and young people are left dangling in the air!

All involved considered the residential to be a great success, not only in terms of good fun but also in meeting the aim of bringing together young people from different parts of South Leeds.

Young people compared their own areas and looked at the positives and negatives and considered how things could be improved. New friendships have been forged and it is hoped that the success of the residential can be built upon and further projects undertaken to continue this positive uniting work.

This article was written by Julie Blaylock using our Community Reporters website. All guest posts and contributions are welcome!