Author Archive: Jeremy Morton

I've lived in Beeston in South Leeds since 1984 and I love the area. I am involved in various community activities including Beeston Festival. I have been involved with the South Leeds Life Group since it started in 2010.

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South of the River – Love will tear us apart

South of the River – Love will tear us apart

As we mark seventy years since the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, I learn that this story is news to many people. I grew up on stories of Indian independence and the horrors of partition, but then my parents worked in India after independence. My mother was, amongst other things, a socialist, […]

Meeting will discuss fire safety after Grenfell

Meeting will discuss fire safety after Grenfell

Speakers from the Fire Brigades Union and local MP Hilary Benn will discuss the issues raised by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy at a meeting in Beeston next Friday. The meeting, at The Spinning Wheel on Dewsbury Road, has been organised by Leeds Central Labour Party and the Leeds Trades Union Council. The meeting starts […]

‘Swarm’ down to Skelton Grange on Saturday

‘Swarm’ down to Skelton Grange on Saturday

A popular community and environmental education centre in South Leeds is celebrating its 25th birthday this year by inviting everyone to come and see Swarm at Skelton Grange this summer! The special opening event on Saturday 19 August launches a month of an exciting new exhibition and installations inspired by bees, wildflowers and our natural […]

The Hysterical Oracle at Basement Arts

The Hysterical Oracle at Basement Arts

The latest show at the smallest arts venue in Leeds, Beeston’s Basement Arts Project opens on Friday (18 August 2017) as Bruce and Debs Davies welcome back Stephanie Ballantine to their terraced house. ‘The Hysterical Oracle’ is a female figure recurrent in different forms throughout history; chosen at birth she is placed in a temple […]

Partition: listen to or watch the new Leeds play

Partition: listen to or watch the new Leeds play

As Pakistan celebrates its 70th anniversary today (14 August 2017) a new play about the events of 1947 will be be broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds tonight, and we have free tickets to see the play at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday 8 September. West Yorkshire Playhouse and BBC Radio Leeds have collaborated to present […]

Beach fun returns to Leeds city centre

Beach fun returns to Leeds city centre

The great outdoor atmosphere of a visit to the beach is available right in the heart of the city centre as the annual ‘City Beach’ returns to Leeds. Now in its fifth year, Leeds own urban beach has once again transformed Millennium Square into an oasis of fun by the bucket and spade full. Organised […]

Planning applications 7 August 2017

Planning applications 7 August 2017

Each week we publish lists of planning applications related to LS10 and LS11 published on on the Leeds City Council website. The following applications were validated in the week beginning 7 August 2017:   Alterations to form first floor mezzanine  Unit 1 Springwell Point Springwell Road Holbeck Leeds LS12 1AF Ref. No: 17/03300/FU | Status: […]

White Rose Centre goes green

White Rose Centre goes green

Landsec, the UK’s largest listed commercial property company, has unveiled the installation of the biggest solar photovoltaic (PV) system at a retail site in the UK. The installation, situated on the roof of the White Rose shopping centre in South Leeds, will generate 680,000 kWh of power a year, enough electricity to power over 200 […]

Greenpeace protest at Dewsbury Road garage

Greenpeace protest at Dewsbury Road garage

Leeds Greenpeace have collected over 180 messages written by local people, which form part of a petition Leeds Greenpeace took to their local BP garage,  making clear the people of Leeds do not support this British company’s reckless plans to drill near the Amazon Reef. Leeds Greenpeace ran stalls at Kirkstall Festival and Hyde Park […]

Promoting the Smiling Coast of The Gambia

Promoting the Smiling Coast of The Gambia

The large Gambian community in South Leeds have decided to step forward and help promote tourism in their homeland. The Gambia has been under dictatorship for the last 22 years, but happily for everyone there was a democratic change of Government following elections in December 2016. In the Gambia tourism plays a vital role in […]