Leeds today: pauses, YIBC, Yorkshire Telly and Silver Surfers

The Yorkshire Post is reporting that MPs will get a vote on the children’s heart unit closure.

Amid anger at the proposals to shut several units to concentrate services in a smaller number of centres, MPs will be able to vote later this month to urge the Government to halt the whole review.

The Government’s “pause” on NHS reform has allowed a three-hour debate about the issue on June 23rd, and whilst the result of the debate may not force the Government to keep the centre open it will increase pressure on health Ministers.

The YIBC was held in Harrogate last week; Simon Zimmerman of Leeds media group Hebe Media reflects on the keynote speakers and their impact in modern business.

The BBC has a story that a possible miscarriage of justice from the 1950s is being re-examined. Alfred Moore, hanged for the murders of Det Insp Duncan Frazer & PC Arthur Jagger in Huddersfield, was picked out from a lineup by PC Jagger as he was dying. The report continues:

[Steven] Lawson, a detective in West Yorkshire between 1966 and 1974, has studied the case in detail for several years and feels that the identification parade was flawed and there was no forensic evidence linking Moore to the shooting.

The matter will be taken up by MP Barry Sheerman with the Justice Secretary.

“Silver Surfers” in Leeds completed a 10-week course at the Derek Fatchett centre run by young volunteers, reports the YEP. Tutors as young as 14 from City of Leeds School were helping surfers aged up to 84 to learn about online shopping, using email, surfing the web and even editing digital photographs at the centre in Woodhouse.

The YEP has a story about Leeds student Ben Swardlow, who has made a film about being a carer to be shown as part of National Carers Week (which is this week!) at the Leeds City museum tomorrow. Next week is Learning Disability Awareness Week, and Leeds City Council has a programme of events around the city.

Also from LCC, the Leeds in Bloom Private Gardens competition is approaching the closing date for entries. The competition, now running for over a decade, seeks out the best gardens across the whole of the city. Do you think you have an interesting garden? It’s free to enter and everything from window boxes to fields can be submitted.

In the BBC are concerns that a plant invader is causing indigenous species some serious trouble at Fairburn Ings, a nature reserve near Castleford. Volunteers are being asked to come forwards at an event on June 18th to help clear the reserve of Himalayan Balsam, which is starting to take over parts of the reserve.

Blog South Leeds Life has a story about Beeston residents joining the grow-your-own revolution in the Back to Front project.

[Local community group] ASHA will be using the funding to encourage women in the area to take up gardening so that they can enjoy the health benefits of the activity. It will also give them a chance to find out more about how they can develop healthy eating plans for their families.

The Back to Front website has plenty of information about the overall project; interested Beeston residents should get in touch with ASHA, details on the South Leeds Life post.

Saturday is a busy day in Yorkshire; both the Todmorden Show and the Grassington Festival get properly underway on the 18th. Visitor numbers are expected to be high at both events.

The Leeds Digital Festival is happening in November; blogger Si Wilson explains how you create an accidental festival and where things are going with it. If you want to get involved, that article explains how. Beyond Guardian Leeds will be there, somehow!

Finally today, BGL has been compiling opinions on arts supporting group Yorkshire Telly‘s first ever live broadcast over the internet on Monday evening. BGL watched most of the broadcast and loved it, likening it to a post-pub TV programme from the ’90s, only not rubbish. Jo Murricane has written a comprehensive piece on being an audience member and Matt Humphreys has also written up his thoughts. Opinion on Twitter included:

  • “What an absolute blast that was! This why I love Leeds.” (Ivor Tymchak, who was a guest on the show)
  • “Well I thought it was good. I generally don’t watch much telly but I was particularly excited watching last night” (Dave Naylor)
  • “Congrats!The show was ace 🙂 Will look forward to the next one, well done!” (Kara Jane Spencer)
  • “watched all the show, was great ! loved nigel vardy and mat humpreys laughing out loud, impressed looking forward to the next show” (“eric is bananaman”)
  • “I think you rather underestimated demand ;-)” (Lucy Bannister)

Yorkshire Telly did underestimate demand, saying “it was a bit of an experiment for us and we’ve learnt a lot”. BGL feels that the show could happily have occupied an hour-long slot (and to a certain extent it did, broadcasting after the credits had rolled for at least another 15 minutes!) and wonders why it was only scheduled for 30 mins. This was a great experiment and one that will hopefully be repeated soon.

That’s it for today! Tomorrow: the zombie story we didn’t have space for today, museum talks, bikes and sausages. Have something to say? Say it! Email or twitter, or comment below.

Thank you!

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