Leeds today: Jimmy, Holt Park centre, Bronte, local news, Jason Robinson, Friday Picnic

Friday again, and Mark here looking forward to the weekend ahead.

First up, Jimmy’s still fixing it here in Leeds. The YEP reveals the real fortune left behind by Sir Jimmy Savile, which includes charity accounts totalling more than £5 million: the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust containing £3.6 million and the Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust worth £1.6 million.

Work is set to begin next month on a £27 million “wellbeing centre” on Holtdale Approach in Holt Park. The new centre will bring together a wide range of services including adult social care, youth and sport services and community activities. A private finance initiative project, plans for the centre were suspended in 2010 but have now been approved by the Treasury.

An unpublished manuscript written by Charlotte Bronte as a mere 14-year old girl has been sold at auction for £690,850. The manuscript was bought by a Parisian museum, and contains stories set in Glass Town, a fantasy world created by the Bronte sisters and their brother Bramwell.

Following up on this week’s news that Leeds has been named one of the first 20 cities in the country to be awarded a government licence for local television, the Leeds Citizen blog reports that one of our home-grown bidders claims to be in “serious negotiations” with the Yorkshire Post and its owners Johnstone Press over possible collaboration. These are still very early days of course for local television in Leeds as journalists, communities and businesses test the waters, and seek ways for a local broadcasting service to become profitable whilst ensuring high production values and relevance to a city-wide audience. Over the coming months, we shall see what comes together.

England rugby union star Jason Robinson returned to the inspiring Hunslet Club this week, opening its new facilities including a youth games zone and mechanics workshop. Jason is among the club’s most famous alumni and paid tribute to the impact it had on making a difference to his own life and that of so many others.

It’s the last full shopping weekend before Christmas, and top of the agenda in Leeds today has to be The Culture Vulture’s Friday Picnic: a Winter Gingerland themed event at the Corn Exchange this lunchtime, with a gingerbread challenge run by our own Mike Wallis, a ginger Christmas choir led by Elly Snare, and even yours truly dropping by casually being ginger too.

Elsewhere, drop into The Light today for an exhibition of Pete Barnes’s landscape photography entitled ‘View from the North’, including some of his favourite images from around Yorkshire and the North.

Whether you’re staying in to avoid the worst of winter weather or making merry on the streets of Leeds, have a top weekend!

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