Leeds today: sunshine, puddles, speeding, arts grants and lots of charity stuff.

We at BGL towers are loving this weather. At least one of us is getting as much vitamin D as possible by wearing shorts. And I’m unrepentant!

Over the weekend the Big Puddle opened in Bradford. BGL was there on the sidelines and it was an incredible event and one that was full of positivity for the city and residents. Over on Culture Vultures is a review that really makes the most of the positive feelings generated by the opening ceremonies. We’d just like to add; walking through it when drained and the edge fountains are on is awesome. And the fireworks were brilliantly choreographed.

The weekend also saw thousands take part in the Sport Relief Mile in Leeds. In glorious weather the streets were full of people in silly costumes running, jogging or walking distances up to five miles, raising money for charity. Well done, guys.

However, as much as we applaud the runners we have to take off our hats to a group of climbers from North Leeds who had a rough time on Kilimanjaro. The climbers, raising money for Islamic Relief’s Water for Life project, were forced to turn back just 395 metres from the summit when they were caught in snow, temperatures dropping to minus 15. The group have pledged to try again, however.

If that seems a little too strenuous then you could take part in the BHF’s half-or-full marathon walk along the canal between Skipton & Leeds on May 20th (Craven Herald). We’re definately signing up for this. More details: here.

The YEP has the story of a baby girl who was delivered in the car park of St James’ hospital after being turned away from the LGI. An investigation is underway, but for the moment we’re all very glad that mum & baby are both doing very well indeed.

Two bodies were found over the weekend in unusual circumstances, reports the YEP. Unpleasant stuff.

It’s not exactly the best time to be an arts organisation at the moment. The Leeds Citizen has got their hands on LCC’s three-year arts & culture grant figures and the usual suspects top the list. However, everybody has got less than they asked for (well, we assume to – according to this data a couple of places didn’t ask for anything but will get a grant) in this time of cuts. The shocker is the Grand, which will receive a third of what was applied for. Yikes.

South Leeds Life has an interesting article on reducing the speed limit on the Cottingley Hall estate, written by one of the concerned mums. Seeing as the Cardinal estate in South Leeds has recently had a 20 restriction put in place it seems like this might be coming soon.

Finally today, a Tingley schoolgirl will have her artwork exhibited in the Leeds City Museum! Congratulations to Isabel Dobson from Westerton Primary School, who was one of the winners in a competition to design an energy-saving campaign poster. The artwork will be on display from April 1st.

Right, that’s us for today! Have a lovely rest-of-day and enjoy the sunshine wherever you can. And remember: all donations of coffee ice cream will be gratefully received. See you tomorrow!

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1 Response to Leeds today: sunshine, puddles, speeding, arts grants and lots of charity stuff.

  1. The weather right now is FABULOUS! I can’t get enough of it!

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