Leeds today: vintage cars, community grants, football, coffee and Pride!

It’s Friday! What a week it’s been!

Third sector community and recreational groups in Morley are being invited to apply for grants, reports the Morley Observer. The grants are available for equipment, publicity, training on management tasks and development. The chair of the Town Council Community Development Committee said:

“My committee is keen to make all local organisations aware that community grants are available. Each application will be judged on its merits and we ask that two representatives, one of whom is the treasurer, attend a committee meeting to put forward its cause”.

At a time of cuts these grants would be most welcome.

Also in Morley is a footballing club for 6-11 year olds, in place for the summer hols. Striker Tots is usually only available for children aged 2-4, but slightly older children can do a week-long course at the Churwell Lions ground or Tingley Athletic’s ground. A good cure for the “I’m bored” calls that parents often get at this time of year. (BGL discovered very early on that the answer to that call was “tidy your room” so learned to entertain self quite quickly.)

Burley-in-Wharfdale is seeing a battle arising between residents, local traders, Bradford Council and the Co-op. A proposal to change the village library into a new Co-op is on the table. This does not include closing the library, however – the supermarket will move into a ground floor location with the library going upstairs. Supporters believe that this will safeguard the library’s future, but local independent traders fear it will take business away from them and residents are split over the proposals. A meeting to discuss it will be held on Sept 6th.

Details of Heritage Open Days in September are starting to appear; the Wharfdale Observer has some great news for fans of High Royds. The West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum will be opening its doors although it isn’t clear whether an indoor tour will be available. Also opening in the area are Otley Courthouse and Bramhope’s Puritan Chapel. We love Heritage Open Days and will be working out a programme of events.

Just in case you weren’t aware, Otley Courthouse has a great programme of holiday workshops for children and teens taking place over the summer. These look like fun and a great way to keep occupied during these long, lazy days.

Coming up this weekend is Leeds Pride, starting in Millennium Square at 12 on Sunday before the parade at 3pm, ending at Lower Briggate where there will be the inevitable party atmosphere. If you want something a little calmer Leeds Savages are having a sketching meetup at Kirkstall Valley nature reserve at 2pm.

Also on Sunday is the annual Trans Pennine Run, a vintage commercial vehicle rally that starts at Birch Services and ends in Harrogate. However it very nearly didn’t happen to plan this year as Yorkshire Water were planning on closing a road in Otley that could have sent the vehicles on a very long and unfamiliar diversion. Colin Pitt, who restores lorries, managed to delay the closure until after the rally had passed through Otley.

Holt Park Today is promoting a gardening competition open to residents run by West North West Homes. Green-fingered tenants of WNWH can enter in four categories; Best Garden from new tenants, Best Established Garden, Best Balcony/Container Display and for children under 16, Tallest Sunflower. Closing date for entries is 31st Aug.

Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market have published their response to the exec board consultation last week over the future of the market. The group, who are concerned that Europe’s biggest indoor market is to become something it was never supposed to be, note that some of the sums in the strategy document don’t seem to add up and carries the following quote:

“The question has to be asked whether Kirkgate Market is actually the best place for people on low incomes to shop. Would low income families be better served through the discount and value sector?”

This comes from Cllr Mark Dobson, formerly the “Market Champion” doing a good job of championing the equality and availability of the market for all, there. The current “Market Champion” is Cllr Gerry Harper:

“Personally I think it is too big [the Market], if it was up to me I’d make it slightly smaller, I think the old sheds which were built after the fire I think we should take some of them down. But I think overall it would make it more effective, more concise and possibly one of the other options if we knocked down the bottom then we build a car park there next door to it.”

A car park for… visitors to the Eastgate Quarter development, perhaps?

The Culture Vulture has an interesting review of Dough Bistro’s Yorkshire Day menu by Katie Leedsgrub. BGL is horribly jealous, given Katie’s great descriptions of the menu and chats about the beer, food and fizz with staff.

Finally, Blogger Anne Akers takes a quiet moment to stop & think about art over a cup of coffee.

That’s it for this week! Next week we look at the Create restaurant in Leeds City Centre (opening tonight!), and have a bit of a special offer available to readers. As always if you have anything to say on any of our stories then please comment, tweet or email. And if you like the blog, please tell your friends about us!

See you Monday.

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