Leeds today: Honduras, San Francisco, Aladdin, Beer, Bramley, Blaze and Station.

Morning, folks. Another new week, and this time it’s all a bit snowy. Snowmageddon hit us a week earlier last year and whilst this doesn’t look anything like as bad (yet) it’s probably time to look out the walking poles and snow spikes, just in case.

The plans for the new South entrance to the train station have gone on show, says the BBC. The accompanying picture looks like the same artist who did the incinerator, in BGL’s opinion. Anyway! It looks like the entrance will be perched over the river between the back of the Hilton and Granary Wharf, and it does look pretty. And it will help the workers of Holbeck get to their trains a few minutes faster, without having to go through Neville St. Work is expected to be completed by summer 2014.

Also on the BBC; Kirklees Council is thinking about turning off street lights at night. The proposals, which could save £19,000 per year, will mean the switching off of lights in certain areas of Kirklees between midnight and 5am. Perhaps they could investigate motion-sensor technology instead, like they have in green office buildings, and especially the bathrooms, where people (naming no names) are occasionally left contemplating their fate in the dark, having spent a little too long in their own little world.

The Miggy Arms, which last week received the nod to be flattened and turned into a branch of Aldi, was on fire on Saturday night (YEP). The fire spread across the pub quickly, and arson is suspected; an investigation into the causes of the blaze is underway. The pub, which we’ve featured many times on BGL, has been under threat for several years but the proposed demolition has been at the forefront of people’s minds for only a few months. South Leeds Life has more details and pictures of the fire, and some video.

The University of Leeds has received an award from the Queen’s Anniversary Trust, says the Wellcome Trust. The Queen’s Anniversary Trust gives awards to higher education bodies who do clever things, and in this case LU was recognised for 20 years of work improving heart valves, hip joints and reconstructed knees.

Two things from Bramley are in today’s YEP. Bramley Elderly Action are making themselves known; the group in Bramley and, from January, Swinnow and Stanningley, help elderly residents with trip to the shops and organised activities – they take “action” very seriously – as well as home visits and as a support network for those who don’t have family to rely on. The group needs more volunteers, especially drivers, and would love people to get in touch.

Secondly, the Friends of Bramley Baths are being kept in the public eye with a review of the campaign and its aims so far, as well as future plans. The proposals to save the baths could be in the hands of LCC by January; we wish them godspeed.

Over 400 people competed in a 10k “Reindeer Run” yesterday at Bramham Park in Wetherby to raise funds for the RNLI. The event, which was the first of its kind in Yorkshire, also included a 5k run and the 5k “Santa Saunter”, so people of all abilities could get involved.

In the Guardian, Martin Wainwright (who will be at Waterstones this week reading from and signing his latest book) has been informed that residents of San Francisco have been told to “think of Leeds” as a grounding influence when they start considering themselves the centre of the universe. Nice.

Over on the award-winning Culture Vultures Paul Clarke talks to local panto Dame, Kenny Davies, appearing in Aladdin at the Varieties. Aladdin is being billed as a “rock ‘n’ roll” panto; could be interesting. Also on CV is Leigh’s preview of the Headingley Ale Festival, starting Dec 9th. Some good sounding tipples are on offer in St Mike’s parish hall over the weekend – tickets on the door, so get there early!

Finally today, Leeds University student Sally Robinson sent me this:

“I am organising a football coaching volunteer programme that will take place next summer in Honduras. The project will be raising money for the charity Football Action – who provide underprivileged children with the opportunity to get involved with football, and encourage them in to education through sport. Three fellow Leeds University Students and myself are recruiting twenty volunteers who we will take to Honduras for four weeks. There, we will be working in some of the poorest areas of the country, teaching football schemes to street children. As well as this we will be renovating pitches and facilities, and we hope to fund the cost of football coaches to work all year round at the schools. We have established this link with Leeds University and Football Action ourselves, and this is the first time they will be running such a project in Honduras. If it is successful, it will become an annual volunteering project, and a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to several Honduran communities.”

This genuinely sounds like a great project, and Sally is after sources of funding, as well as spreading the word. If you’re on campus then please throw some spare change into the RAG buckets, and for more information on the project, and information on giving substantial sponsorship, have a look on the RAG webpages.

Thanks for reading! As always if you have a story to tell or views to air then please let us know! Tweet us (@beyondgdnleeds) or email us (beyondgdnleeds@gmail.com) or say hello to us in the pub. Watch your footing out there, and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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