Indie News Week: Latest WLD print edition hits the streets

The latest issue of West Leeds Dispatch is hitting the streets.

By John Baron

The latest West Leeds Dispatch print edition is starting to hit the streets this week – coinciding with Indie News Week, which celebrates the important of independent news operations like ours.

Issue 10 of WLD features contributions from 27 of our community reporters and features a campaign for fairer rights from carers trapped in poverty, through to new heritage panels thanks to Pudsey campaigners, a walking initiative to support Armley women, summer gardening events in Kirkstall, a daredevil Wortley centenarian, the latest from Kirkstall Valley Farm and the opening of a new community playground following a long campaign – amongst others.

The free paper can be picked up at the following:


  • Armley Community Hub
  • Clowns Hairdressers
  • Armley Helping Hands, Strawberry Lane Community Centre
  • Armley Action Team
  • Ministry of Boxing, Moorfield Road
  • New Wortley Community Centre
  • Various Town Street shops and cafes, including Leon’s Cafe


  • Bramley Baths
  • The Villlagers
  • Bramley Community Centre
  • Bramley Lawn Social Centre
  • Bramley parkrun
  • Bramley Community Hub


  • Sheesh Mahal
  • Dave’s Pies and Ales
  • Cardigan Arms


  • Calverley General Store
  • Calverley Library


  • Farnley Community Centre
  • New Farnley Community Centre


  • Sunny Bank Mills
  • Farsley Community hub
  • Truman Books
  • Farsley Celtic FC


  • Kirkstall Leisure Centre
  • KVDT, St Stephen’s Church Hall
  • Butlers, Kirkstall Forge
  • Hollybush Conservation Centre
  • West End
  • Kirkstall Bridge Inn
  • Abbey barbers
  • Kirkstall Brewery Tap
  • and more


  • Pudsey Community Hub
  • Pudsey Wellbeing Centre
  • Pudsey House
  • Pudsey Community Project, Fartown

Our team of volunteers will be busy distributing the paper over the next week or so, so keep your eyes peeled for them!

West Leeds Dispatch editor John Baron marks Indie News Week. Photo: Katherine Turner

Our latest paper hits the streets during Indie News Week, which highlights the importance of local news in bringing our communities together and speaking truth to power.

WLD‘s latest tranche of funding from the National Lottery ended last Friday. While we’re hopeful of securing further funding later this year, there is a chance that the latest print issue could be our last.

How you can support genuine community led news

The days of a daily paper delivered to your door may be gone, but you can still have your daily dose of news delivered directly to your inbox every day at 7am. 

No need to even get out of bed, just open your eyes, open your e-mails and there it is.

If you like what we do, then we would love it if you could make a regular donation to support and help us continue our work. We ask for either £5 or £10 a month to support our work. You can also set up a standing order or make a one-off donation directly to us, simply e-mail for more details. Imagine what we could achieve with more resources!

In May WLD had almost 140,000 age impressions on our website and distributed 5,000 copies of our print edition, but we would love to be able to reach more people. Please share our links on your street’s WhatsApp group or on Facebook, help an older neighbour sign up for our daily e-mail, or give a friend a physical copy of WLD.

By far the best way to spread the word in West Leeds about your organisation or business is to become a Partner (like Farsley’s Sunny Bank Mills, see below)! Our partnerships come with amazing benefits for you and your business as well as offering you discounts on any further advertising/advertorials you would like.

Indie News Week – let’s keep local independent news rolling!

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