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Councillors praise diverse use of Bramley Park

Bramley and Stanningley Councillors have praised the diverse range of activities taking place in West Leeds parks.

Speaking after A Midsummer Night’s Showcase highlighted Shakespeare’s best bits in Bramley Park, councillors Kevin Ritchie, Jools Heselwood and Caroline Gruen spoke of how encouraging it was to see people returning to the city’s parks in a safe manner.

Walking football in Bramley Park.

In addition to the performances, there have also been exercise programmes for older people including walking netball and walking football sessions, including Bramley Walking Wanderers, run by Bramley Elderly Action and Your Backyard.

Bramley parkrun has also returned after a 16-month gap for the pandemic.

Bramley parkrun is back in Bramley Park. Photo: Simon Cullingworth

A Midsummer Night’s Showcase was performed by Front Room Productions; a female-led theatre company who describe themselves as being able to “respond to specific sites, underscoring intimate storytelling with live music, and creating theatre that transforms definitive aspects of our culture into experiences that can be enjoyed and understood by all.”

Their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be at Temple Newsam’s Walled Garden over the next few weeks. Visit their website for more information and details on tickets.

Councillors Kevin Ritchie, Jools Heselwood and Caroline Gruen (Labour, Bramley & Stanningley) said:

“It’s been brilliant to see the different activities in Bramley Park recently from Shakespeare to the soccer stars of the walking football.
“Our local parks are fantastic community resources and it is great to see them used by a wide range of people in innovative ways.”


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