Leeds today: Sculpture x2, Bloom, Wakefield book, Victoria Arms

 Good morning people of Leeds!

Firstly today, a new exhibition is to be unveiled at Yorkshire Sculpture Park today, and the stars of the show are all pupils from the City of Leeds school.  The new exhibition, which is a mixture of film and soft sculpture pieces, comes after the park was awarded a grant of £24,700 through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots programme. The project means that 20 young people will have an exhibition of running from TODAY until the end of October.

News from Morley now and the leeds citizen tells today how Councillors sitting on a planning panel in Leeds are being warned not to fight an appeal lodged with the Planning Inspectorate over the construction of 92 houses on a greenfield site in Morley.

It might be a little early to be discussing Halloween plans but we couldn’t resist sharing this with you. The Victoria pub in Leeds is an old pub, abandoned since the sixties, and virtually untouched since it closed in ‘mysterious circumstances’. Sounds like a pretty perfect setting for Halloween right? Well hello kirsty is putting a party on there and you can get your tickets here but be sure to get them quick as there’s quickly disappearing.

 Brilliant Leeds organisation, People Matters, are running a number of FREE courses for people with learning disabilities. The not for profit organisation focuses on developing an inclusive community by bringing people together to enjoy leisure, learning and employment. The courses include, Create Music, Create Art, Cooking On A Budget, among many others. Full list over at south leeds life.

And it’s SILVER for Holbeck in Bloom at the recent Yorkshire in Bloom gathering which we at BGL think is just blooming lovely (yes!)

More from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park now and the beautiful statue of the Draped Seated Woman by Henry Moore which has had a prominent place in the park since 1997, might be sold by its London owners, the BBC tells. The multi-million pound sculpture, which looks magnificent in the setting of the Sculpture Park, was given to the Park on short-loan only and its time in Yorkshire may be at an end.

There is yet more news on the on-going saga of the Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery and it looks no closer to a resolve. It was reported by the BBC yesterday that campaigners in the Save Our Surgery (SOS) group have mounted a legal challenge against the decision to end the Leeds’ surgery and applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the NHS decision.

A Wakefield man has written a book about life in Wakefield in the 1950s the YEP reports today. Keith Barraclough, who is 69, fancied his hand at non-fiction writing and scoured through hordes of old photographs taken by his father of the Belle Vue area of the city to research for the book which you can read all about here.

And finally I’ll leave you with BGL’s Tweet of the Day from Dara O Briain: ‘Bit of a pisser to be touring Yorkshire and not get to Leeds though… Couldn’t get the theatre slots though’. Couldn’t agree more Dara.

That’s it for the news today – more tomorrow (on Light Night day, yay!)

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