Leeds today: police, fire, ambulance, milkfloat, dash, mill and Love Art.

Ed’s note: sorry for the repost. There was an editing problem this morning (ie, a problem caused by an editor) but everything should be ok now.

Happy Monday Readers, it’s Naziya again snipping today’s news into easily digestible morsels. There’s a distinct whiff of creative juices in the air of Leeds this week. I had a generous scoop myself at the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s darkly comic production of Steptoe and Son, but first to the serious.

The next time you see a couple of coppers and remark on how young they look, it’s because they are! Following an attempted budget cut of £104 million, West Yorkshire Police have recruited 50 university students to boost neighbourhood policing team resources. Despite a senior lecturer praising the act of responsibility taken by the student community, Jon Christopher, vice chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, expressed concern ‘that the project could pave the way for unpaid volunteers to take on policing roles.’ Well, they’re not the only ones; today Leeds Hospitals announced they want to be sitting on an extra £5 million at the end of March by reducing spending on bank and agency staff whilst cuts are announced by the fire service as South Leeds’ fire stations look set to be merged into one.

As colder days beckon, our thoughts turn to just when exactly to get the central heating on a timer again. Age UK’s Spread the Warmth Campaign helps many older people keep warm and well through the winter months and this year the charity is backed by the Yorkshire Evening Post’s 10 km Abbey Dash run in November.

If art rather than running is your bag, head down to Leeds City Art gallery on Thursday where there will be a chance to view over 40 pieces of rock memorabilia from the Leeds and Reading music festivals up for auction. All the proceeds will be donated to Martin House Children’s Hospice near Wetherby, whilst the actual bidding is open on ebay. Or perhaps wander over to Morley where the Literature festival, which began this weekend, features a little artistic teasing in the form of unconventional street signs designed to provoke the unassuming pedestrian into contemplation, interaction or maybe a food fight. Anyway I didn’t mean to imply you couldn’t enjoy art if you like running, it really isn’t as if you’re too boring according to the Culture Vulture who has enough of this kind of talk.

Also arriving this week in West Yorkshire is Oxford’s Pink Milkfloat Printing Press. The press on the float uses Victorian movable wooden type to print posters which participants ink-up and hand-print themselves. They should be at Wharf Street on the 6th if their 1960’s 72 volt electric model manages the journey and there’s a full list of dates and times here.

Canal Mills, the former 18th century textile mill on the banks of the Leeds- Liverpool canal was re-launched this autumn as a creative arts space for Soundchannel. Their range of entertainments from ‘exhibitions to theatrical projects to club nights and gigs’ kicked off last Friday and Leed-List leads the way in declaring the venture to be in the vanguard of the city’s artistic endeavours.

Finally, depression, anxiety, post- traumatic stress disorder, it’s a rare being who hasn’t experienced or known someone who has had an issue with mental health disorders. It’s with the aim of raising awareness that the Love Arts Festival is back for the second year tomorrow. Organised by the NHS trust the month long calendar starts with a special exhibition ‘tongue tied’ tomorrow in the Victoria Gardens and continues with photography exhibitions, crafting events, workshops and performances at The Carriageworks.

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