Morning, all. Weather looks a bit grim this afternoon, but never mind. Plenty to do and see!
Are you feeling that working is making you old before your time? Leeds vicar Canon John Clayton is not far off his 100th birthday and still performs services at St Giles, Bramhope.
The BBC is reporting that allotments in Sowerby Bridge have been contaminated by arsenic and other toxins. Talking of toxic, a noticeboard in Moortown is causing ructions between residents and East North East Homes Leeds. The Guardian Northerner reports that changes to the planning system could make it easier for developments to be “imposed” on local communities. There is a bill in the Lords today that seems to be quite badly broken when the original plan was to create a fair and transparent planning system which has a right of appeal removed.
As Tetley’s is winding up in Leeds the YEP takes a look at 178 years of Leeds history which seems to suggest the closure is all Margaret Beckett’s fault.
Leeds City Council has announced 46 refurbished properties from the list of empty homes will be made available for people on the housing register. Is it me, or does 46 – while commendable – sound like not very many? Leeds homeless charity Simon on the Streets takes a look at what the life of a social worker in that field is like, and asks if there is a root cause to homelessness. There’s a programme on BBC1 tonight 10:35 called Poor Kids that looks at the stories of some of the 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK that may be of interest.
This morning – in about half an hour’s time, in fact – is Opencoffee, the monthly chance to network and find creative people over a cuppa. Opencoffee is four years old today, so organiser Imran Ali has sorted out cake, too. This is the final reminder for Bettakultcha tonight; Culture Vulture Emma Bearman will be talking about her twitter addiction, which ought to be entertaining, along with the usual motley assortment of people passionate about something.
Tonight also sees a poetry event at Leeds Art Gallery; four internationally recognised poets will be giving readings and talking about their work in the Tiled Hall from 6.
Saturday sees the start of many festivals in South Leeds, with the Beeston Festival kicking off the season in Cross Flats Park at 12. South Leeds Life is saying this is the biggest yet, but volunteers are still needed to help out on the day. If you can spare some time please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
It is with interest that Digitally Leeds is starting to glue together the Leeds digital landscape; this has been attempted in the past with varying degrees of success, but it looks good and feels like it should work.
Leeds blogger Northern Writes talks about how tasting something in one place is totally different to tasting it in another.
The high board at Shipley swimming pool has been a source of fear and fascination to playwright Emma Bob 3, who writes about that, Keats and her Mum.
Finally, Exploring Leeds finds a secret garden in Ilkley.