Leeds today: Trolleybus, Tetley’s, Bramley Baths and #iamsimon

Good morning, Leeds. Here’s another of my occasional guest posts for Beyond Guardian Leeds, writes John Baron.

Special mention today goes to the good folks at Leeds-based rough sleepers support group Simon on the Streets. You may have seen some of the graffiti around Leeds promoting the organisation? If you have, then you’ll have seen the #iamwithsimon message, where they’re inviting supporters to tweet a pic of themselves with the graffiti.  Every person who tweets will be mentioned on the Simon on The Streets blog – as well as having their photo featured in a gallery. The group’s friends at Network Marketing have kindly agreed to donate £1 for every photo that is uploaded. So get those fingers clicking… The SotS sponsored sleepout is only a few weeks away – remind yourself of my experiences last year here.

What’s making the city tick today?

Cost-cutting plans to axe 102 full-time firefighters’ jobs and close fire stations across Leeds and Wakefield are closer to becoming reality, reports the YEP. The same paper also reports on an an ambitious art gallery plan for the Tetley’s site.

If I could indulge in a spot of shameless self promotion for a moment? Over on the Guardian Northerner blog I write about how residents in Hyde Park are struggling to ‘do the Big Society thing’ and take over an abandoned school for the community because of a lack of finances. Oh, and zombies are set to take over the streets of Leeds, don’tcha know?

Over on South Leeds Life blog, there’s a report on a new Flickr group pool for your south Leeds photographs, news of a new blog for Beeston Hill, the latest on a campaign to reopen South Leeds Sports Centre and a preview of Middleton Railway’s annual gala.

Test Space: Kitchen returns on Saturday 1 October with Chili-con-carnival vs Picklefest at Melbourne Street Studios. The event promises a special menu created by Billy & Mitchs Munch, tastings, stands and stalls from some of the region’s finest food and drink producers,  food challenges and competitions, food porn photography exhibition and live music and DJs. Tickets are £12 at www.test-space-kitchen.com

Does Leeds city council have its own agenda when it comes to street signs? Horsforth Let Down By Leeds blog seems to think so.

Create’s new city centre restaurant is reviewed over at Leeds Loves Food blog.

Revised bids for government funding have been submitted by Metro for Leeds’ planned NGT trolleybus network, new rail stations at Kirkstall and Apperley Bridge and a major refurbishment of Leeds Inner Ring Road.

New opening hours for the historic and beautiful Bramley Baths are now in operation following council cuts (h/t Bramleydom).

Police in North East Leeds have secured a dispersal order to combat anti-social behaviour in the Harehills area of the city.

Headingley Farmers’ Market celebrated its fifth birthday on Saturday. The event is held at the Rose Garden (North Lane, outside the Arc) every second Saturday of the month, 9am-12.30pm.  More details on www.headingleydevelopmenttrust.org.uk. Meanwhile, Headingley’s gardens will be open to the public – details at headingley.org.

Lantern Lane is an old pathway that runs across Armley Park, new MillSpace artist in resident Carol Stevens needs volunteers to rewalk and rediscover the lane. 24th September at dawn, reports the Culture Vulture.

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