Leeds today: health, Wharf, Graze, sheep, East Leeds, markets, Woodlesford, housing and Things To Do

Hello Leeds! Wednesday brings you lots of news and stuff to think about.

First up; Healthy Living Network are opening a new community hub in Armley and would love people to pop in to see what it could become. That’s on TODAY between 12-2 at Armley Town Street, 1 Chapel Lane. If you’re in or about Armley then do bob in – HLN have been doing great work getting people doing things instead of sitting in front of the telly with a takeaway.

There’s a food festival happening at Left Bank in April; Amazing Graze is organised by Left Bank and Manjit’s Kitchen, and will feature street food, street performers, street art and street traders. Friday 5th of April from 5-11pm & Saturday 6th April from midday to 11pm. More details when we get it.

ForBooksSake, the intelligent but irreverent UK webzine dedicated to promoting and celebrating writing by women, is, for one night only, taking over the popular pub quiz at East of Arcadia as part of a Leeds LadyFest fundraiser on Wednesday 27 February from 8 pm.

The Leedsbeer gang have just celebrated their 50th review of bars and pubs in Leeds by going to Wharf Chambers. A good read and reminded me that I have to sort out membership at Wharf Chambers

The weekly Things to do in Leeds this week, from Wendy has some awesome stuff going on – Northern Ballet have a dinner evening with Sara Danesin Medio, there’s a Nighttime Run through the grounds of Harewood and there’s all kinds of stuff going on at the Town Hall on Sunday for Chinese New Year.

West Yorkshire Playhouse is creating a play at Kirkgate Market and is looking for participants! Fancy acting? This is a bit of fun. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Market have made a video about their Save the Market campaign.

The Beeb has been re-writing history again and Mick McCann is seriously miffed; once again Leeds third biggest city is overlooked. Tut.

A live music venue in Leeds city centre has closed owing to noise level problems. The Empire, near Leeds Bridge will host its last music gig on February 23 before closing as a bar in April.

Biffy Clyro are to headline the Leeds Festival this year. I have no idea who they are, but that’s because I’m old.

The Council is underwriting proportions of the deposits of Leeds first-time buyers. While this is great for those helped onto the housing ladder, I can’t help feeling that all these schemes just prop up unrealistically high property prices.

On Council housing now, and the Council is running a consultation into how their housing should be run in Leeds. Do you have an opinion on social housing? You should fill in the survey, especially if you live in it.

Whether you’re for or against HS2, I’m sure everyone can feel sympathy for those who found out last week that they’re right on the route. One local community organised a meeting yesterday to discuss the problem, after the plans showed Woodlesford becoming a building site for the next 20 years. Apparently house sales have already started falling through.

The Kirkstall Abbey markets are starting up again (yay)! And the deli markets too (yay)!

Plans for an East Leeds arts and broadcasting centre are to be unveiled. Exciting times for ELFM – good on you, guys. However, the latest from Leeds Citizen wonders about local radio audiences… and the ethos that seems to keep them away.

Finally, the Mystery of the Roundabout Sheep has been solved. Budding Sherlocks can put away their deerstalker hats.

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading and we’ll see you on Friday.

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