Leeds today: to Park and Ride or not to Park and Ride, celeb restaurant, charitable students, Bradford film fest and more.

Good morning, dearest readers. It’s Sophie here. I hope this post finds you well and eager for your daily dose of BGL. Let’s get cracking…

Celeb chef James Martin (of Saturday Kitchen fame) is planning on opening a new restaurant in his hometown of Malton, North Yorkshire. Already a familiar face on Yorkshire’s foodie scene, he’s the brains behind The Leeds Kitchen at Clarence Dock. The YEP have the full story on his new venture.

Also on the YEP is the story of three charitable Leeds Uni students who raised a whopping £11,000 for the international relief charity, ShelterBox, after completing the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge. And there was you thinking students just slept all day…

Over on South Leeds Life they’re discussing the proposed Park and Ride scheme on the patch of land next to Elland Road stadium. You can join in, make your views heard and even get your claws out on their forum.

Also from our friends at South Leeds Life is a little article to get us in the mood for the Beeston Festival. The day is set to be jam-packed with festivities ranging from giant jenga to jam stalls and belly dancing to bouncy castles. Live bands and vocalists are at the heart of the festival with local rock band, Hope and Social, headlining. It promises to be a ruddy great bunfight so keep Saturday 9th June free!

Feeling arty? East Street Arts studio holder, Hondartza Fraga will be holding a freebie collage workshop at the university’s gallery on Saturday 5th May. Over on East Street Arts they have more info on what the workshop involves (yes, it’s more than cutting and sticking) and how to book your place.

We’re in the throes of the Bradford International Film Festival and Culture Vulture blogger James Voller has written a midway review of the flicks he’s had the pleasure of viewing… I think a trip over to Bradford is in the order!

The BBC are telling us that the Yorkshire International Business Conference is to be reduced in size due to the ever-escalating cost of hiring high-profile speakers.

The next snippet is rather topical given what’s been going on in Parliament with the review of the Government drugs policy this week. At Leeds Prison, the zero-tolerance policy and new rehab wing have seen rates of prisoners testing positive for drugs fall from 26% to under 4% since December 2010. Full, behind-the-scenes story on the YEP.

And finally, Holt Park residents have been busy as ever with 20 of their younger community members sprucing up an area near Holt Park Leisure Centre.

That’s all from me for today. Here’s hoping the sun shows us his big, yellow face pronto. Until next time, lovely people of Leeds.

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