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!

Photo: Get to ‘The Point’ for jobs and skills advice

Pictured at the launch of The Point are, from the left: Ann Marie Spry,
Leeds City College vice-principal for adults, community and higher
education; Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council executive member
for leisure and skills; Alison Niven, retail operations director for Land
Securities and 17-year-old Chloe Judge, a business and fashion student,
who is among the first to use facilities at the new centre

A new centre offering people advice on jobs and access to learning and skills training has been launched the at White Rose Shopping Centre.

The Point, run in partnership between Leeds City Council, Leeds City College, Land Securities, Job Centre Plus and the National Careers Service, was opened by Beeston and Holbeck councillor Adam Ogilvie who said:

“This is an excellent new resource which will provide communities across the city access to intelligence on the increasing retail opportunities which have been generated as a result of the significant investment in the city. The Point will look at ways in which local people can benefit from the diverse jobs market and range of expertise available within the local area and the White Shopping Rose Centre.

“I would encourage anyone who wants to find out more about getting into the retail sector to visit The Point for useful information and advice on the next steps.”

South Leeds Life first reported on the opening of the new centre last week.

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

Have your say on White Rose Centre expansion plans

white rose centre cinema proposals

Expansion plans at the White Rose Centre include a cinema

Developers behind plans to expand the White Rose Shopping Centre in south Leeds are encouraging people to have their say on the proposals.

Owners Land Securities are looking to extend the White Rose by increasing the size of Primark and Debenhams, adding a multi-screen cinema and reconfiguring the parking on the site. They’re due to submit a formal planning application shortly.

The improvements would create hundreds of new jobs for the area but result in a small decrease in the parking

Siuth Leeds Life first reported on the initial plans here.

A special web page has been set up by Land Securities to allow local residents to have there say. You can find it here.

Meanwhile, civic watchdog organisation Leeds Civic Trust have voiced initial reservations over the expansion plans in their latest newsletter.

They say they prefer any significant retail schemes to be directed in the city centre but will look into the issue in more detail as part of any formal planning application.

Jobs skills and support on offer at White Rose Centre

A new advice centre is opening at the White Rose Shopping Centre to offer people in south Leeds support on jobs and access to learning and skills training.

The Point will open on Thursday 11th October.

It will offer a wide range of learning and skills opportunities including retail, hospitality, customer service and security. The Point will support people’s development, build confidence and help people move into employment or further training. It will also offer practical help with jobsearches and information on the range of  job and training opportunities.

Adam Ogilvie – Beeston & Holbeck

Beeston and Holbeck councillor Adam Ogilvie, who is also executive board member with responsibility for skills, said:

“The Point will look at ways in which local people can benefit from the diverse jobs market and range of expertise available within the local area and the White Shopping Rose Centre.

“I would encourage anyone who wants to find out more about getting into the retail sector to visit The Point for useful information and advice on the next steps.”

The Point is run by Leeds City Council in partnership with Leeds City College, Land Securities, Job Centre Plus  and the National Careers Service. Land Securities owns the White Rose Centre and is also behind the new Trinity Leeds development in the city centre.

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”