Leeds today: core city, Olympic torch, state bed, anniversary, local press, tiffin, Christmas fun

Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat. They’re not the only ones – but hey, it’s that time of year.

You know you’ve made it big when Nick Clegg gives you the thumbs-up… Leeds is set to become one of eight “core cities” across England where the local councils are to be given extra powers to raise their own funds and set budgets in a bid to boost growth in cities outside the capital.

A 12-year old boy who was diagnosed with a brain tumour three years ago and who has since raised more than £50,000 for charity has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch ahead of the Games next summer. George Stocker from Wetherby is to be one of the 8,000 people who will get to carry the torch across the country, and one of 600 in Yorkshire.

Joining George is also Simon Brown from Morley, nominated for helping young people come to terms with losing their sight after he lost his whilst serving in Iraq.

 The YEP pays a visit to Temple Newsam House, just up the road from yours truly, to try out a very special bed. This week the splendid Queen Anne “angel bed” which has undergone a two-year restoration is back on display in time for its 300th anniversary. Originally commissioned in 1711 for Hinton House in Somerset, it was acquired for Temple Newsam just thirty years ago and has now been dubbed the “most radical restoration of a state bed ever”.

And a happy anniversary to the Alwoodley couple who celebrate seventy years of marriage this week. The 90-year old pair, Esther and Jack Farber, were married the day Pearl Harbour was attacked in December 1941, before taking on the family travel agent business in Manchester.

Among the stories on South Leeds Life is this about Belle Isle and Middleton Together, a new local group standing against the far right in the area, which is producing a newsletter to distribute to householders this weekend.

It’s the season of giving, sharing, and of eating daft amounts of food – perfect time then for Lynn of Secret Tea Room fame to try out a few new Christmas-themed recipes. This week she’s been having a go at a Christmas fruit & nut tiffin wreath. Might have to give it a go myself!

Christmas fun and games are on offer all over town this weekend. As well as the old favourites, among the top picks are the Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair at Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre with forty stalls of local handmade art and craft as well as mince pies and mulled wine and fun for the kids.

Two rooms of vintage, retro and collectable stock are on sale at the St Gemma’s Hospice Vintage Fair this Saturday and Sunday: perfect place to find yourself a good old Christmas jumper.

And at Seven Artspace in Chapel Allerton this Saturday evening, performers Rachel Dean and Mattew Bellwood present two different interpretations of Christmas in one night of story, dance and music.

Or you could just stay inside and try a bit of Lynn’s fruit & nut tiffin recipe…

Whatever you do, have a top weekend.

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One Response to Leeds today: core city, Olympic torch, state bed, anniversary, local press, tiffin, Christmas fun

  1. Mike Chitty says:

    The Core Cities Group has been going for 15 years or so. All that has happened is that the coalition is giving it a new pot of money (give with one hand and take with the other)| and set them up as scpaegoats when the economy is not re-balanced.

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