Leeds Today: Dogs, bishops, mayors, bikes

Today in Leeds we have a mayor wanting to go by bus, a dog that’s been blessed by a bishop and a lady who can smell again.

The YEP makes note of the scaffolding that’s gone up around the former “Majestyck” nightclub on City Square. Originally built as a cinema the Grade II listed building is having “work to transform the building into a music venue with bars and restaurant”.

A Morley nursery has raised nearly £450 for keeping the children’s cardiac care unit open, reports the Morley Observer. The nursery decided that all money raised from their annual fun day would go towards the unit, which is under threat of closure.

Leeds City council’s new Lord Mayor has offered to attend some official engagements by bus, says the BBC. When the council is making £90m in cuts it is laudable that Rev Alan Taylor would make the offer, but LCC has turned it down, saying

the council was “very grateful” for Mr Taylor’s offer. [and added]: “Given the important role he has to play in the city, it is more appropriate for him to arrive at the majority of events by car.”

The BBC also carries the story of a Halifax dog – yes, not Leeds, but I couldn’t pass this story up – has been blessed by the Bishop of Wakefield for attending services religiously for the last 13 years. Apparently “Mandy is impeccably behaved and respectfully quiet during services.” I hope her collar glows like a halo…

A lady from Ilkley has told the Ilkley Gazette about how she got her sense of smell back through pioneering surgery at the LGI.

Mrs Naylor underwent a balloon sinuplasty after the illness [a chronic sinus infection] forced her to give up some of her favourite hobbies including garden-ing, taking her grandson swimming and going to the gym.

The operation was a complete success and she is now able to smell the roses.

The Chapel Allerton branch of Cafe Scientifique is meeting on Tuesday to discuss “Altruism – Evolution, Co-operation and Rationality” at 8pm, downstairs at the Suburban Style Bar, on Stainbeck Lane. For more details have a look at the website.

This weekend sees the Beeston Festival in Cross Flatts park; it’s impossible to detail everything that’s going on here, so I’ll just say this: go. It will be brilliant, and will make you rethink what you “know” about Beeston.

South Leeds activities organisation The Hunslet Club has published a programme of upcoming events which looks quite exciting. Do you have a six-a-side team at your workplace? Can you put one together? The Hunslet Club wants to hear from you.

Leeds Bike Week is coming soon and LCC is organising breakfast for cyclists on June 24th. Do you know of any other Bike Week events? Please let us know!

Cultural blog & all round good egg Culture Vultures has a preview of the Loop Arts Fair that’s coming up quite soon now. You could win a weekend pass to the event, too. Meanwhile Leeds Grub takes a look at new espresso bar Laynes, and Exploring Leeds shows us the first map of Leeds.

And that’s us done for this week. If you have something you’d like us to mention next week then please get in touch; details are on the Contact page or you can email or tweet us. Have a good weekend.

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