Leeds today: Heart unit, pub lunch, green spaces, LIFF, Communion

Hello! It’s a lovely sunny morning in Leeds and here is some equally sunny Leeds news to feast yourselves upon, brought to you by me, Kathleen (@kat_b_hawkins).

 There are fresh plans to save Leeds’ children’s heart surgery unit The York Press has reported. The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) is asking for a compromise which would see the unit, at LGI, stay open. Lawyers have apparently taken the first few steps in a judicial review by informing the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts that legal action will be taken if they do not agree to quash its decision by September 21.

A man who hid in the female toilets at Leeds University’s The Edge to try and spy on the Chinese Olympic swimming team has been spared jail (but has been banned from female changing rooms and toilets). When caught by staff, the man tried to answer in a feminine voice.  

If you’re looking for a good pub lunch on this sunny day then look no further! Our friends over at The Culture Vulture have posted a rave review for The Cross Keys at Holbeck.

Over at North Leeds Life read about brilliant photography exhibition Ways to the Stone House which is set to begin on 28 September. The exhibition which displays the work of photographer and filmmaker Simon Warner, will focus on the beautiful South Pennines landscape and takes place at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth. 

We love Leeds’ parks. And it seems we can enjoy them even more now with complaints about vandalism and littering in Leeds’ parks and green spaces falling dramatically after a team of gardening guardians was created in the city. And speaking of the lovely parks of Leeds, Roundhay Park will hold a Clugston Dragon Boat Race at Waterloo Lake on 29 September, 9.00am.

Congrats here go to Approach PR who have been named “Yorkshire’s Graduate Employer of the Year”. Founded by Graduates Yorkshire, and based in Ilkley they are a social enterprise dedicated to helping local graduates find graduate level jobs.

Two of my favourite Leeds events are coming together! Leeds Film Festival are working hard finalising the programme for this year’s festival, which launches on 5 October as part of Light Night! The launch will feature a free screening of Sound of Noise.Also The Wire Magazine has an article on a new documentary about legendary guitarist John Fahey which, after its first screening at Raindance film festival will be screened at LIFF.  

If you’re looking for some live music to watch tonight, Oporto sees Washington Irving headlining the weekly Communion. They describe themselves as ‘electric folk who like to play loudly’ and it’s sure to be a fun gig. Elsewhere, the Brudenell sees Amen Dunes play a free gig if eerie pop if your thing.   

 There you have it! If you have any news or events then please get in touch either at beyondgdnleeds@gmail.com or on twitter at @BeyondGdnLeeds

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