Leeds today: waterless at West Point, all change at Whitelock’s, community revamps, Leeds Loves Food and Leeds loves its market.

Good morning, lovely readers. It’s Sophie here – it seems we’ve got some catching up to do today so let’s get cracking.

The Northerner have the latest on the palaver that is the West Point tower block without water. Residents have been posting their thoughts about it here. Let’s hope it doesn’t carry on much longer.

The Northerner also reports on the change of hands at Leeds’ famed drinking hole, Whitelock’s. Whitelock’s (also known as Whitelock’s First City Luncheon Bar, nice) is now run by Ed Mason of HiFi and Art’s Cafe fame (which bodes very well indeed if you ask me). The article is replete with this fine public house’s fascinating history.

More on the food and bevvy front: Stew and Oyster Calls Landing have opened a second site out of the city centre on Roundhay Road. They pride themselves on fancy craft beers, oysters and stews (as the name suggests). The new Oakwood branch opened last weekend and the word on the street is that it’s well worth a visit. The Culture Vulture’s Rebecca Tredget also gives it the thumbs up.

The Yorkshire Live Music Project has a jam-packed schedule this month with a range of classical and jazz performances taking place in some pretty spiffy venues all over Yorkshire. They’d love to see you there.

Something for your diaries, in case it’s not in there already, is the Leeds Loves Food festival which takes place from 25th-27th May. Last week I was treated to a sneak preview of what the festivities will involve and I can tell you that this is not to be missed! More on the festival, venues and tasty fodder on offer soon.

If you’re a market fan (and you should be), Friends of Kirkgate Market are urging you to take a leaf out of Mike Harwood’s book and write to the YEP in support of this vulnerable Leeds institution.

South Leeds Life reports on a community revamp on Beeston’s Cardinal Estate. A community cafe and hairdressers are planned to open the next few months, funded by Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire show. Tune in t’telebox next Monday (14th) at 9pm.

Also on South Leeds Life you can find a copy of their draft constitution which they’ll be discussing at next Tuesday’s (15th) meeting at 11am. There’s talk of grants for community reporter training and publicity so well worth being a part of (they also have great taste in biscuits as you’ll see if you follow the link).

Community spirit is the name of the game over in Cottingley where MP Hilary Benn recently opened the newly-landscaped Sphynx Square. Full story and pics over on South Leeds Life.

That’s all from me this morning. Have a dandy day – see you next week.

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