The butcher, the baker … community makers come together in Armley


A ‘p-awesome’ community dog show and community litter pick helped bring the people of Armley (and beyond) together this weekend. LOUISE CUNNINGHAM reports…

This weekend saw two local businesses in Armley giving a helping hand in community events.

Judges Mr Skelton and resident park ranger Joe Walker prepare for the hard work at Armley Park Dog Show 2017. Photo: Sarah from

On Saturday morning Mr Skelton, Town Street butcher, made no bones about turning his hand as guest judge at the fun dog show.

The dog show was a collaboration between Friends of Armley and Gotts Park, local dog walking group Armley Walkies and the Wade’s Ranger.

Armley hounds and their owners paraded the arena and were judged on their merit in a total of eight classes. Categories included the most handsome male, the waggiest tale and best dressed.

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Top pooches in Armley. Photo: Sarah from

Winners of the categories were awarded prizes, certificates and trophies which will adorn the living rooms of Armley for years to come.

Onlookers clapped and cheered as dogs and their owners literally jumped through hoops in the timed agility course, in an attempt to impress the judges.

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Prettiest pooch in West Leeds? Image: Sarah from

Tension mounted as Mr Skelton and resident ranger Joe Walker assessed the entrants for the final category, under the watchful eye of the scrutiny board.

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Big jump on the agility course at Armley dog show 2017. Photo: Sarah from

They remained calm and professional, even examining the credentials of the wildcard entrant, Chase.

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Heads up: A pair of alert dogs in Armley Park. Photo: Sarah from

They proceeded to congratulate all of the entrants of the show, before declaring Max of Armley “Best in Show”.

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Max of Armley, pictured here with owner, won “Best in Show”.

Friends of Armley and Gotts Park are aiming to make this an annual paw print on the Armley calendar. One of the organisers, Catherine Hyde, said:

“It’s restored my faith in why we put on community events. Roll on next year’s show.”

Community litter pick

In the afternoon, volunteers assembled at the Love and Light tearoom in Armley before setting off on a community litter pick.

Mother and daughter team Terrie-Ann and Kimber Hughes kindly stored the equipment pool of gloves, pickers and jackets in the café.

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Volunteers at the ready for the Armley Town Street litter pick. Photo: Sarah from

The litter pick was a collaborative event with residents’ groups and Alltogether Armley, as part of the Keep Armley Tidy Campaign. The focus of this litter pick was Armley Town Street and locals and business owners alike thanked the volunteers for their efforts.

More than 20 bags of litter were cleared, before volunteers returned to the café for a well earned cup of Yorkshire’s best.

A fantastic Saturday of community fun and action , all making Armley a better place for us all to enjoy.


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