Leeds today: club, books, train, Carnival!, awards, beer, ancestors and heroes.

Hello! Apparently the heatwave is on the way back – so don’t put the suncream away just yet… or the umbrella.

This story from the YEP is just brilliant: a group of schoolchildren are running a produce stall in Garforth, selling things that have been grown in their garden in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK. These kids are heroes; when people complain about the “youth of today” this story should raise the spirits and hopefully change hearts and minds. Read it, and go to see the stall!

Also in the YEP is the news that the BED nightclub isn’t going to re-open next month when the students come back. Instead the owners are looking at different options for the space. What’s interesting is that this particular club has just been fined for selling fake vodka, which included industrial alcohol and chloroform. I guess times are tough in the club world.

This weekend sees a few festival things going on, in particular the Leeds Festival at Bramham. Now, this always causes traffic problems so organisers have come up with a plan to keep the traffic moving. If you’re heading out on the A64 keep an eye on the roads, and take a look at the traffic plans.

Of course, because it’s the bank holiday it’s also time for the Leeds West Indian Carnival where more than 130,000 people are expected to head to Chapeltown and Potternewton park. The parade route is the same as usual – get there early to find a good spot – and the party in the park is always the best fun (but if you’re driving be aware of the road closures and potential holdups, although I’d get the bus and find some rum punch).

South Leeds Life has some news on Sunday’s Hunslet Club Summer Gala. It’s all about the outdoors fun this weekend, isn’t it? Anyway, the gala will have a lazerquest maze, 30ft pirate slide, assault course, moonwalk space dome, crazy golf, toddler seaworld adventure & bouncy castle and of course entry is free.

Also on South Leeds Life is details of South Leeds Community Radio’s monthly book club, which in September is reading Death comes to Pemberley.

The impending re-privatisation of the East Coast mainline has angered many who can’t understand why the government wants to get it out of public ownership when it’s considerably better run now than it has been during the private hands years. (The answer is “because it doesn’t make any money for the right people.”) Anyway, if this also angers you then 38 Degrees have set up a petition to get the government to rethink its position.

West Yorkshire Archive Service are having a pop-up shop in the Ridings Shopping Centre, Wakefield, on 21-23rd Aug. You can drop in and explore your local history, and find out what WYAS does and how you can use it yourself. WYAS are also doing a guided heritage walk from Morley train station to the new archive building on the 28th. The three mile walk will take in all kinds of interesting bits of Morley which the staff have discovered while researching the area.

Do you have a blog, and you live in the North? Why not enter the Blog North awards? This annual competition looks at local blogs to see what they’re doing and how they’re doing it, and there’s different categories to enter depending on what you do. It’s worth a shout.

Finally today we need to shout about the Leeds Beer Festival in the Town Hall. Leeds List has a preview of the gig; this is only the second year it’s been running and it is already one of the best events in the Leeds calendar. Buy tickets!

Ok, we’re out of here. See you on Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

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