Happy Friday! We survived a week, and I have huge thanks to give to everybody who has helped out by just reading, retweeting articles, telling people to read or follow, and offering articles and links for these daily posts. You’re all lovely people, and thank you!
One of the most important stories in our region, the closure of the children’s heart unit in Leeds, needs to be kept in the public eye. The Guardian Northerner reminds us that the public consultation period is still ongoing and you can still have your say. I, for one, am flabbergasted (and furious) that the closure of the unit is even being considered.
The BBC reports that the Leeds Trolleybus scheme is still ongoing, and that consideration is still underway. Also in the news is a story about a campaign to stop a supermarket giant building a store in Farnley. The campaign will be handing out leaflets over the weekend. This weekend also sees the Big Lunch, and the YEP has an interview with the organiser of a picnic in Park Square. Are you having a Big Lunch event? Tell us in the comments!
Tomorrow Leeds PCT is having an event on Briggate to talk about mental health issues in the region, called “Leeds, it’s time to talk“. I firmly believe mental health provision in the community is shockingly poor, it needs more support from the public, the NHS coffers, and the media. Please, if you’re in Leeds tomorrow stop in, say hello and see if there’s anything you can do, or if there’s anything they can help you with.
Also over the weekend, crafting event Reetsweet returns to the Corn Exchange on Sunday, and as well as the LS6 Beer Festival and Sneaky Experience (mentioned by us earlier in the week and the places to be for city dwellers) for those readers slightly outside Leeds there is the Collingham Real Ale Festival that starts today. If you’re near Kirkgate market today you might be interested in The Source stand, where Chapeltown legend Sunshine Bakery has a pop-up stall.
In other foodie news the Leeds Guide makes note of the Best Hotel Sausage competition happening across hotels in the region. If you’re staying in a hotel this weekend why not tell us what you think of the sausages?
Do you feel like you need to be more engaged in your community? Do you have a project that needs mentoring, or a bit of support, or do you think you have the enthusiasm to help local schemes get off the ground? A new idea for supporting projects is underway, called Elsie. Organiser Mike Chitty explains:
Elsie is a group of trained volunteers drawn from all walks of Leeds life who meet for 2 hours every month to brainstorm advice, guidance and support for anyone in Leeds who is looking to advance a particular project but needs help. Elsie not only offers practical and technical advice, but will also act as point of contact into other Leeds support networks.
If you think you can help or need help, get in touch.
If you’re free on Sunday and want to get involved in environmental issues then Kirkstall Abbey is hosting the Leeds Environmental Volunteering Fair. Free compost!
In the Blogs
Exploring Leeds takes a look at Leeds industrialist John Smeaton and the exhibition about him at Temple Newsam. Culture Vultures has a blog post about and is running a competition for West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Transform (which looks like the Place To Be next week!). Holt Park Today’s sharing stories through drawing day seems to have been a hit. Collaborate Leeds points out that books are something we naturally share and finally Bake Lady takes part in a baking project to see who can add an interesting twist to the same recipe.
Are you doing anything exciting over the weekend? Don’t keep it to yourself! Share your tales in the comments. Is anything exciting happening next week? Please, let us know. Comment, email or twitter, we’re not fussy.
Have a great weekend folks, and thanks once again for reading.