Leeds today: Loop, Tetleys, the HPPH, and Barbie

Today is a sad day for the people of Leeds; Tetley’s brewery is finally closing its gates. The iconic brewery has been on the wane for several years and although the closure was initially announced in 2008 sites such as Brewery wharf and property assets around the brewery have been sold off since the turn of the millennium. BGL remembers with fondness the mild sold in The Whip (also, alas, long gone). On brew days the smell of the wort could be detected from Boar Lane, and the drays were a regular site in Leeds up until comparatively recently, if only for nostalgia events. Culture Vultures pub editor Leigh writes an obituary of Tetley’s that is well worth taking the time to read.

So, it’s finally happened. After what seems like an age, the axe has finally fallen on the Tetley’s Brewery. And you know what? The more I think about it, the more I roll the situation around in my head, the more one phrase keeps popping up. What A Shame.

The YEP reports that the NHS drop-in centre at the Light is to close. The centre was aimed at commuters but instead only 22% of the visitors were classed as such, the others deemed to be “from the local area”. Surely this highlights a problem with existing healthcare provision in the “local area” and should be addressed?

[Philomena Corrigan, exec director at NHS Leeds] added that since the centre opened, other services had expanded, including the creation of West Yorkshire Urgent Care Services, a walk-in centre and GP practice at Burmantofts Health Centre had opened and opening hours had been extended at other NHS walk-in centres at Middleton and Wharfedale Hospital in Otley as well as at some GP surgeries.

However the article goes to to say that all commuter drop-in centres around the country are no longer being supported by Department of Health contracts.

Also in the YEP are details of the road closures during the Jane Tomlinson 10k on Sunday. The race, which has attracted 9000 runners, has been a successful charity fundraiser for five years and attracts runners of all abilities.

Greenpeace has hidden several Barbie dolls around the city. The environmental campaign group is highlighting the use of ecologically damaging packaging by toy makers Mattel.

The public are being invited to track down the dolls which have been planted by local campaigners for Greenpeace. Greenpeace has targeted US toy maker Mattel, for using packaging from a company allegedly damaging the Indonesian rainforest.

Each doll is tagged with a serial number which can be tracked using the Greenpeace website, and they say that all the dolls will be collected at the end of the campaign and donated to charity shops.

Leeds has a thriving debate scene, as shown by the number of groups we have that meet up in pubs, clubs and lecture rooms to discuss everything from altruism to quantum mechanics. Paul Thomas of the Leeds Salon talks to Leeds City Museums about how Leeds can sustain three separate Cafe Scientifique groups, and why the third is being held at the Museum.

Katie of Leeds Grub reviews Anthony’s Patisserie; after the glowing review of the restaurant, will the tea room get a similar response?

The Hunslet Club recently had a “Breakdance Battle” at their site in South Leeds. The Pat Regan Legacy have posted a video of the event on YouTube which is something very different.

Leeds Book Club has been chatting to the Hyde Park Picture House about literary works and films that get a limited release such as My Dog Tulip, and have a caption competition to win two tickets to a showing at the HPPH.

Today and over the weekend sees the Loop Arts Fair in Holbeck Urban Village. For the weekend space in Marshalls Mill will be transformed into working studios, print shops, publishing houses and workshops. There will be a series of talks over the weekend including the headliner by James Jarvis, but there will be the chance for participation in the workshops and studios too; you can make paper flowers for a greenhouse, learn calligraphy, get a book printed and bound, look in on some illustrators, buy new and exciting art by the boatload, and generally soak up new and exciting culture from some of the best indie artists working in the UK today. If you have time to spare then pop in and see what’s what. There’s a preview on Culture Vultures that we linked to last week (but read it again!) and hopefully this will be a successful and repeatable (and growable) arts fair, the only one of its kind in the North of England.

That’s it for this week; whatever you’re doing over the weekend, have fun. We’ll be back on Monday with a quick look at the Emerge festival and asking whether throwing yourself out of a ‘plane is a good way to raise money for charity. As ever, if you have something to say then please get in touch; email or twitter is the best way, but if you see us on the street and want to talk then that’s fine too.

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One Response to Leeds today: Loop, Tetleys, the HPPH, and Barbie

  1. I think the closure of the NHS walk in centre at the Light is sad news and is becoming a popular trend as the government make cuts. I have used the walk in centre a few times when it was going to take me up to a week to get an appointment with my local GP. The staff were always friendly and helpful.

    A friend had chest pains, went to the walk in centre, and was told he was having a heart attack. He didn’t want to queue at the LGI, so it was easier for him to go there and get checked our rather than queuing for 4-5 hours at the emergency unit.

    I think the main problem is that it wasn’t very well promoted (like a lot of services in Leeds) and not many people were aware of it. Had people being aware I am sure it would be regularly used by the people of Leeds.

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