Leeds today: Rowing, cycling, library closures and teachers.

Teachers across Leeds have sent out letters to parents asking them to “trust us” as they go on strike, reports the YEP. Patrick Murphy from Leeds NUT said:

“We never like doing this because it affects parents but we ask them to think carefully about the reasons why we are going on strike. We are not asking for change, because we want things to stay as they are now. Trust us, we would not be walking out across the country if this wasn’t a very serious issue. Striking is a last resort but it is something we have to do.”

The strike action is in response to proposed changes to public sector pensions.

LMU has decorated ten traffic junction control boxes in Leeds city centre, and a photo gallery has landed on the BBC. BGL spotted this yesterday and loved it – if you’re out and about in Leeds there’s at least four within hopping distance of City Square.

Leeds City Council has put out a request for volunteers to help out in their parks. If you are keen to help keep your local parks and countryside in good order then please get in touch; individuals are welcome if you can commit to a long-term approach but local volunteering groups are welcome for one-off or project work.

Speaking of Leeds Parks and Gardens, today’s Telegraph has a look at Percy Thrower’s life, who passed his RHS whilst working at City of Leeds Parks and Gardens from 1935.

Leeds-based digital content aggregator DigitallyLeeds has been putting in some updates to their platform! You can now subscribe to their events calendar through your iPhone, for example, and they still provide one of the best sources of local blogs anyone can wish for.

BGL was unhappy about the closure of local libraries, as reported in The Guardian back in May, but 13 closures instead of the initial 20 is – perhaps – not quite as bad as it could have been. These closures have started to be announced in letters to Local residents. Twitter user @erinos said:

I rec’d a letter as a library user stating Broad Lane library was closing 😦

and @pennyb noted:

Re: libraries – Kirkstall closes on 16th July, I know ’cause I’ve had a letter. You might want to round up the closure dates

BGL is concerned that there is no mention of the closure dates, which are under a month away, on the LCC webpage for Kirkstall Library. We will make enquiries of the press office and see what we can find out.

Champagne bar Epernay on Great George St is named after a town in France, famous for its champagne. Some of the bar staff decided to take a bike ride to their namesake, with some of the chaps from Brio’s, and wanted to raise a bit of money for Meningitis UK while they were at it, so set up a sponsored cycle to complete the 504-mile trip in 8 days. You can follow their progress on the twitter feed @Epernay2Epernay – day three began at 0716 this morning with “Day 3 – let’s be havin’ ya! 60 miles to Henley Royal. Should be there by 12. Then it’s @ChaseVodka, champagne, and the regatta! Boom!”

Speaking of the Henley Royal Regatta, the Telegraph and Argus makes note that the first ever West Yorkshire Derby at the regatta will take place today in the Leeds vs Bradford coxless fours.

More water news: the Lego Tourist visited Leeds Waterfront Festival and writes up the experience for Culture Vultures. Seems he was a popular chap!

Finally, Guardian Northerner Martin Wainwright takes a look at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield after it recently had the 100,000th visitor through their doors, and it only took five weeks to get there.

That’s it for today: tomorrow we take a closer look at what Leeds Loves Food has to offer. Do you have anything to say about LLF? Let us know by emailing us on beyondgdnleeds@gmail.com or tweeting us on @beyondgdnleeds. Thanks for reading!

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One Response to Leeds today: Rowing, cycling, library closures and teachers.

  1. Regarding the libraries, I went into Rawdon Library and could barely find a book unless I was under 11 or a fan of pulp fiction – no literature to speak of. It seemed like a stealthy way of getting visitor numbers down to prove a point.

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