Leeds today: walking, sun, restaurants, community, atheism, work, burglaries, train and Hub.

Hello all! I hope this grey Monday morning finds you well and refreshed after the weekend.

In the news for today: supporters of plans for the HS2 rail link serving Leeds should speak up if they want to help ensure the project goes ahead. HS2 chief exec Alison Munro claimed that it’s critical for supporters of the plans to encourage their MPs to get behind the plans.

Since its launch in March, 12 million people have graced Trinity Leeds shopping centre with their presence. It is claimed that following the imminent opening of Primark in December, the building and maintenance of the mammoth shopping centre will have created 3,000 jobs. It’s clear that Trinity has contributed to a general rise in the number of people visiting the city centre as a whole; there has been a one million rise in visitors compared to previous figures since the launch.

West Leeds sees the opening of a former greengrocers converted into a community hub. Armley volunteers have transformed the venue into a centre that will run arts and crafts and cookery sessions amongst other things. The aim of the hub is to inspire the community to start up and run their own micro-businesses.

Last Thursday night saw hundreds of protesters unified outside Mezz bar in the city centre in a bid to bring down ‘Tequila’ club night, after a highly inappropriate promo video for the night was posted on various social media platforms. The protest was run and organised by Leeds University Feminist Society.

Burglaries in Hyde Park and Woodhouse have been growing in number since the students returned to the area in late September. A student has lost 19 months of his research work after his laptop and other personal items were stolen in a burglary at his home. The PhD student had backed up his work, but had also lost a separate hard-drive and memory stick.

Lovers of locomotives are being urged to donate £2.50 to pay for a brick to be used in building a new running shed at the world’s oldest continuously working railway, Middleton Railway. Enthusiasts who generously donate more than £30 can have their names engraved into a brick used in the building of the facility.

South Leeds Life draws our attention to a cache of forgotten photos of Leeds from the air taken by the RAF in 1951. The photos were taken on a series of ‘runs’ across the city and were hidden away in an archive before being rediscovered.

Looking for a job or know anyone looking for a job? Royal Mail is recruiting up to 1,300 casual workers to cover the Christmas period. South Leeds Life has also complied a list of apprenticeship vacancies for anyone who wants to learn a new skill whilst getting paid.

Atheism nowadays is the third biggest ‘faith’ category; there are an estimated 9million non-believers living in the UK. The result? New establishments like the Sunday Assembly movement in London which brings atheists together and offers a sense of community for them. Now the Leeds Sunday Assembly group has been set up for non-believers. Apparently, more than 100 local people have already signed up for the group.

On the subject of religion, South Leeds Life reports on the existence and impact of Islamaphobia in Leeds communities.

Leeds-list takes at look at the student influences on the city and assesses what Leeds has to offer new students who have just arrived.

Half-term is just around the corner; it’s at this time that parents start to worry that they have nothing planned to keep their kids occupied. Thankfully, a list of fun activities happening around Leeds has been complied in advance. Panic over.

Equally usefully, for those who’s evening alcohol consumption exponentially increases during the half term period, Leeds-list has gathered together all of the best wine information around.

Looking to dine out in Leeds? Here’s a collection of so-described ‘restaurants for every occasion’. Every occasion, that is, so long as you’re not on a tight budget…

Whilst outside frolics may be at the bottom of most people’s list of things to do on such a day as today, Leeds-list remains optimistic that the currently dismal weather will take a U-turn and takes a look at autumnal adventures (walking/strolling orientated) to be had around Leeds and its suburbs.

Finally, if you can’t bear it any more and need to get away, then we’re given a round-up of the top 6 winter holiday destinations, all of which guarantee sun galore.

That’s about all for now, folks. ‘Till Wednesday!

 

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