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.

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.

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

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)

Halloween Party Coming To The Hunslet Club

The Hunslet Club will be hosting it’s annual fancy dress Halloween Party next Friday 26th October. All welcome!

Talking of the club, did you see insightful article about it’s work on the Guardian website yesterday? Take a look here. Makes for an interesting read.

South Leeds Life Group meeting

The South Leeds Life Group met this afternoon to discuss how the blog is developing.

The biggest news was the report back from the Blog North Awards which were handed out in Manchester on Wednesday night. South Leeds Life was shortlisted in the City or Neighbourhood category, but unfortunately lost out to Seven Streets from Liverpool. However we were proud to have been shortlisted from amongst 450 nominated blogs and we thank you if voted for us in the public vote.

We also reviewed the results of our Reader Survey. Thank you if you took part. Articles on community groups, the environment and crime and policing were most popular, but people also asked for more local history articles and more comment pieces. We had some lovely comments about the blog, for example:

“I really enjoy it! It keeps me feeling a part of my neighbourhood and community and also informs my work”

The winners of the prize draw were Graham Armitage and “morgankingfisher” who won £25 vouchers to spend at SLATE secondhand furniture shop.

We continue to build our readership with a steady increase in visitors to the site. We now want to increase the numbers of writers and will be training new writers on the Community Reporters Course starting on 30th October. A further course will be run in the new year thanks to funding from the Middleton Park ward Community First funding.

We will shortly be moving the hosting of the site – as a reader you shouldn’t notice any difference. But you can expect to see some changes over the coming weeks with a new look and new features including a What’s On page.

We will be meeting again on Monday 19th November at St Luke’s Church in Beeston at 2:00pm, new members are always welcome.

Come and join South Leeds Life at group meeting – and wish us luck at Blog North awards!

It’s a busy week here at South Leeds Towers!

Tomorrow a small group of us is off over t’Pennines for the Blog North Awards, which recognises the best blogs in the North of England. We’ve been lucky enough to have been shortlisted in the ‘best neighbourhood or city blog’ category, so fingers crossed and a big thanks to everyone who nominated/voted for us!

On Thursday we’ll be holding our monthly meeting to discuss the blog and what’s happening in the area. We’re meeting at the cafe at Hillside, Beeston Road, at 2pm. Do please join us if you can – it’s ideal for anyone to come along and meet us, gave a chat and perhaps you could start contributing to the blog!? Yes, YOU!

Speaking of contributors, we’re running a free 10-week community correspondents course, which starts on Tuesday, October 30. Places still available! See below for more details.

Music Video Made In South Leeds Shortlisted For 2 UK Music Video Awards

A music video filmed partly on location earlier this year at the Hunslet Club by local film production company Crowns & Owls has been shortlisted for two prestigious UK Music Video Awards for best choreography in a video and best budget dance video respectively.

The video for the song “Showdown” by Toby Gale features the Hunslet Club boxing gym in scenes set in the 1980’s and the producers did done a fantastic job of back-dating the gym to how it will have looked over twenty years ago.

We think it looks great and the song sounds in keeping with the era, lets hope it brings some music industry silverware back to South Leeds!

Multi-Activity Camp Coming To Hunslet Club At Half Term

Hunslet Club Activity Camp

This short video shows you some of the many of activities that take place on Activity Camp, have a look!

More info at

Hunslet Club Dance Troupe Performs “Nightmare” at Leeds Light Night

The new Hunslet Club Dance Troupe made it’s first performance at the internationally renowned Leeds Light Night Festival on Friday October 5th.  Their 10 minute routine was on the steps of Leeds Town Hall at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30pm.

For just one night each year, the city’s artists, makers and performers get together to transform our familiar streets and buildings in an unforgettable evening of exhibitions, installations and events. The theme for the festival this year was “dead of night”. With this in mind, based on their scariest imaginings, our troupe performed a spooky dance. Witnessing the more frightening things children dream about happening in the dead of night.

Hundreds of people stood on the Town Hall steps and watched each performance. “We felt priviledged to have been selected to perform at this popular festival on the Leeds cultural calendar” says Phillipa Ranger, Arts Development Worker. “Our dancers were really excited to premiere their first performance together and did exceptionally well.”

The following video features almost the whole of their third performance of the night as well as an excerpt from their first performance.

For more information about dance and other activities for children and young people at the Hunslet Club go to

Reminder: Community First Grants Information & Advice Evening Tonight

Don’t forget this event is happening TONIGHT (Mon Oct 8th) Come along and find out if your project idea could be support by a Community First grant.

Jason Robinson Becomes Honorary Patron of The Hunslet Club

The Hunslet Club is pleased to announce that former member and later Rugby Union World Cup Winner and England Captain, Jason Robinson OBE has agreed to become Honorary Patron of the club.

Jason Robinson & Dennis Robbins, Chief Executive Officer of The Hunslet Club

Jason Robinson grew up in South Leeds and attended the Hunslet Club as a child, first playing for the club junior rugby team before later becoming an English international rugby union and rugby league player, winning the World Cup in 2003 and captaining the national side in 2005. Playing at wing or fullback, he won fifty-one rugby union international test caps in total for England, and in rugby league he won twelve caps for Great Britain and seven for England.

 In his autobiography, Robinson wrote: “The club gave us an outlet for the energy kids have to burn. I don’t know what I would have done without it in the evenings and at weekends.” Jason returned to the club for the first time since then in December 2011 to open new facilities and has now been invited to become honorary patron of the club.

 Of becoming Patron Jason says “It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to be Patron of the Hunslet Club. It helped me so well through my early years and I am just glad to be able to give something back. Places like this really are essential for young people.”

 Says Dennis Robbins Chief Executive Officer at the Hunslet Club “We have long been proud to say that Robinson played his first rugby with us and has gone on to achieve all that he has, it is fantastic for us to welcome back such a role model to become our Honorary Patron”

Your Leeds, Your Say on Leeds Citizen’s Panel

The Council are recruiting residents to join the Leeds Citizen’s Panel:

Lots of things are changing in Leeds and it’s important that the council, the NHS and other organisations understand what’s important for you.

What is a citizens’ panel?
The panel is a large group of people in Leeds who give their opinions about the services and issues that affect where they live. This is just one of the ways we find out what people think and need.

Who can join?
If you’re at least 18 years old and live in the Leeds City Council area, we’re interested in hearing from you. citizenspanel

For more information on how to join

Sing your heart out at Skelton Grange

The Conservation Volunteers, who run the Skelton Grange environment centre, have been in touch with news of an event this Saturday:

This unique event, set in Skelton Grange’s eco-building overlooking a nature reserve, is a chance for those who would love to have a go at singing in a supportive, large group environment. The day of harmony and laughter will be led by the fabulous Tongue Tide and Twisted duo, Jodi and Ali, who believe that everybody can learn to sing.

“Our Singing For Pleasure workshops offer anyone with a larynx and ears the chance to discover and revel in their voice, no matter how limited or extensive their previous experience.” says Tongue Tide’s Ali Rigg. “Using songs, rhythms and grooves from around the world we evoke play, laughter and harmony in an encouraging and inspiring environment.”

Skelton Grange is run by the Conservation Volunteers; a national charity whose aim is to reclaim green spaces important to the local community.  The Conservation Volunteers Area Manager Caroline Crossley says “we are delighted to be able to host this popular singing workshop, in such a beautiful and inspiring setting. I attended one of Tongue Tide’s singing events some months ago, and it was such a wonderful experience! I wanted to try out an event here in Leeds where we could offer more people the opportunity to enjoy their local environment in a really creative and fun way”

To find out more and book onto the event, please go to The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange’s website or call the team there on 0113 243 0815. The workshop will last from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 6th October and will cost £25. Any money made from the event will support the work of The Conservation Volunteers, the charity that runs Skelton Grange Environment Centre.

Find directions to Skelton Grange Environment Centre here.

Funding seminar for sports clubs

The Council’s Sports & Active Lifestyle Service have been in touch about a seminar they are running in November for voluntary sports clubs:

The evening will consist of presentations from:
•    Green Leeds Limited
•    Grantscape – Caird Bardon
•    West Yorkshire Sport
•    PWC – Club Leaders

There will be information about the Sport England Club Leaders Programme and funding for facility improvements, increasing participation, coach and leader bursary and kit & equipment.

The event is been organised by Leeds City Council’s Sport and Active Lifestyle Service in partnership with West Yorkshire Sport.

To book a place, please complete the attached form or contact Paul Senior on 07891 270626 for further information. Sports clubs Funding Seminar flyer 2012

The event takes place on Wednesday 21st November 7.00pm – 9.00pm at
John Charles Centre For Sport, Middleton Grove, Leeds, LS11 5DJ (Parkside Suite)