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Pudsey pub raises over £3,000 with Armed Forces Day fundraiser

Fundraiser: The Royal Hotel, Pudsey. Photo: Google

By Carla Booth

The Royal Hotel in Pudsey raised £3,360 during its annual Armed Forces Day fundraiser this year. The money will go towards charities The Royal British Legion and Sapper Support. 

The event held last weekend was free to enter and included a BBQ, outside bar, many fundraising opportunities including a raffle and live music from bands such as Angie and Campbell and The Publiners.

Torran Swallow, who works at the Royal Hotel, said: “The pub puts on an event for Armed Forces Day every year as it is a charity that is quite dear to the owner’s heart.

“It was really good this year, it was busier than other years. After Covid it has been hard for pubs to get people back in but this event went really well.” 

Last year the pub had to postpone their Armed Forces Day fundraiser due to too many restrictions still being in place last June. However, they were able to host it at a later date in August instead.

Residents come together to tackle graffiti in Burley 

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Councillor Fiona Venner is involved in the Burley Anti-Tagging Group.

By Carla Booth

A group of Burley residents have been successfully tackling the issue of unwanted graffiti in their community for over three years now.

Named the Burley Anti-Tagging Group, they focus mostly on the Stanmore, Lumley and St Michaels Lane areas.

The group was started by Jane Ferguson who, after becoming so fed up with the graffiti in her area, sent an e-mail out to others asking if they were as depressed by the graffiti as she was and got quite a few responses. She said: “If you’re fed up with something in your community you have to do something about it yourself.”

Taking a pride: A group member removes graffiti from a wall.

The group started by tackling a small area and initially tried to wash the tagging off of the walls themselves, but realised this was not really effective. They instead started asking residents with graffiti on their walls if they would sign an indemnity form so that the council could jet wash the graffiti off the walls or they just painted over it themselves using masonry paint.

The group takes issue with the tagging form of graffiti that often sees names or crude images sprawled across walls. However, they view these more artistic forms of graffiti as a prevention method for tagging as people don’t often tag murals and other artistic works.

Popular street artist Andy McVeigh – also known as Burley Banksy – is an active member of the group and has been out with them to cover up the tagging in the area. During a discussion on the successful outcome of their clean ups at a group meeting last night, he said: “It’s been so nice not looking at that every day.”

The group has found that the more persistent they are with cleaning up graffiti the longer it takes for the tagging to reappear on walls. Group member Janet Lewis stated: “Even though it’s not immediately stopping it, it is slowing it down and eventually it will slow to a stop.”

The group are seeing some evidence of this as over the last few months walls they have been persistent with have remained clean, with no new tags on them.

The largest piece of advice the group have for other people in Leeds who are upset with graffiti in their area is to get involved, either by joining their group or setting up your own group in your area.

Founder of the Burley Anti Tagging group, Jane Ferguson, added: “In Leeds we should be pro-active. It’s possible for little groups in other areas to be set up, they just need the authority within themselves to start it.”

Tackling unsightly graffiti from the side of a house in Burley.

There is also some other advice from the group regarding prevention of tagging, such as reporting any offensive tags or tags that constitute as a hate crime to your local councillor as the council will remove these promptly.

They also advise people to simply paint over graffiti on their own houses themselves. The group stated that many people they have spoken to hadn’t thought about doing this. Janet Lewis added: “Homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to paint their own gable ends.”

Kirkstall councillor Fiona Venner (Lab) has been part of the group since it started and has been out on clean ups alongside the group. She said: “The fact that people have seen something in their community that they have an issue with and have done something about it is inspiring.”

Councillor for Headingley and Hyde Park, Neil Walshaw, attended the group’s meeting at St Michael’s Church in Headingley on Thursday to discuss their strategy with them as the issue of graffiti is becoming more prominent in his ward. He said: “It felt like a line had been crossed when the front of people’s houses started to be tagged.”

Kirkstall Road community enterprise Seagulls also gets involved with cleaning up the unwanted graffiti in Burley by mixing masonry paint for the Burley Anti-Tagging group to use that is the exact colour of the bricks in Burley.

If you would like to get involved by joining the Burley Anti Tagging group, contact councillors Fiona Venner at or Neil Walshaw at:

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WLD editor John Baron in our community newsroom. Photo: Sara Thornhurst

By John Baron, editor

Is there a story we should be covering in your community? On Monday – for the first time since before Covid – we’re (re)launching our community news cafes, where people can come and meet our editor over a friendly cuppa and biscuits.

Our community news cafes are friendly and relaxed affairs and you’re welcome to pop in if you have a story or issue you’d like us to look into, if you’re interested in writing for us, or if you have something you’d like us to follow up, publicise or look into.

Feel free to drop in on Monday at our community newsroom in Bramley Lawn, Rossefield Lawn, off Rossefield Approach, Bramley from 10am-11.30am.

Our community news cafes are held every Monday from 4 July to 1 August 2022.

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Venue: Bramley Lawn. Photo: John Baron/

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Our community newsroom is open for you come and have a chat over a cuppa and biscuits if you have a story – and we also have a spare desk if you want to come in and write up an article, or do some research.

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Bramley RL Legends: Barry Langton

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Barry Langton played for Bramley.

Continuing his series looking into Bramley’s rich rugby league past, PAUL ABRAHAM looks at the impact of highly-rated centre back Barry Langton…

Barry joined Bramley as part of the club record transfer deal, which took Graham Idle to Wakefield Trinity in 1975. The highly-rated half-back made his Bramley debut in the 12-28 Yorkshire Cup first-round defeat at Odsal on 31 August 1975.

Barry scored his first try in the amber and black jersey in the impressive 27-9 demolition of neighbours New Hunslet at McClaren Field. He would score two more tries in his first season with the club in the home defeats against Rochdale Hornets (10-19) and Workington (5-14) and ended the season having made 29 appearances, including one as a substitute.

September of 1976 saw Barry score tries in successive matches against Whitehaven at home (26-15) and at Dewsbury’s Crown Flatt ground, where Bramley lost 5-24. The arrival of new coach Peter Fox signalled a remarkable change in Bramley’s form. The team put together a club record 14 consecutive league victories in a season, which saw Bramley winning promotion to the first division.

Adding to his two tries in September, Barry crossed the whitewash a further five times during the season with tries in successive matches in November in the 23-17 victory at Batley and the 26-18 home win versus Huyton. Tries in the home wins against Dewsbury (15-13), Doncaster (33-24) and Batley (42-10). 1976-77 would go down as a fine season for both the player and the club.

After the high of the season, Bramley was shocked by coach Peter Fox moving to Bradford Northern and taking an intrinsical part of the successful promotion-winning side with him.

Bramley’s loss of key personnel made relegation a certainty, and this was a season to forget and resulted in Barry making 16 appearances, including four as a substitute. The 1978/79 season saw Barry score his first try for one day short of two years when he touched down in the 10-14 reverse at home to Dewsbury.

Season 79/80 was a better season for the club and Barry, as he enjoyed the try-scoring feeling five times.

When scoring in the cup defeats at home to Halifax (5-12) in the Yorkshire Cup, away at Salford (9-23) in the John Player Trophy and in the ill-tempered heartbreaking last kick of match 16-17 defeat at York in the Rugby League Cup-tie. His two tries in the league came against Keighley in a 16-5 home victory and the 19-27 defeat at Swinton.

In all, including substitute appearances, Barry appeared in the first team on 22 occasions, including his 100th club appearance in the 9-3 away win at Doncaster in November.

1980-81 was to be Barry’s last for the club, with his final appearance being in the comfortable 25-2 victory against Doncaster on 22 February 1981, having scored his final try in the 17-21 defeat to Rochdale Hornets at the Athletic Grounds in September. The first 9-8 victory at Whitehaven on 12 October was Barry’s 100th start in the black and amber colours.

Barry Langton will always be remembered by the Bramley faithful as a 100% hard-working and fantastic clubman for both the first and second teams.

He remained a popular figure around Bramley as the manager of the Bramley RLFC McClaren Bars and the Black Lion public house on Broad Lane, Bramley and is still a popular visitor to the Bramley Ex-Players events and Bramley Buffaloes matches.

Career record

1975-76     28 appearances  1 sub appearance          3 tries

1976-77     20 appearances  7 sub appearances         7 tries

1977-78     12 appearances  4 sub appearances

1978-79     14 appearances  2 sub appearances         1 try

1979-80     19 appearances  3 sub appearances         5 tries

1980-81      13 appearances  1 sub appearance          1 try


106 appearances       18  sub appearances       17 tries.

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Bramley photographer captures amazing photos of fox cubs in garden

Foxes come to visit this Bramley garden. Photo: Paul Abraham

Amateur photographer Paul Abraham has captured some amazing images of fox cubs which come to visit him daily.

Paul, a regular West Leeds Dispatch contributor, feeds the foxes sandwiches every evening. Here’s a section of his photos, which were first published on his Artful Rambler website:

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Bramley Bus Interchange branded a ‘mess’ after improvement works over-run

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Concerns: Work at Bramley Bus Interchange is growing. Photo: John Baron

By John Baron & Carla Booth

Leeds City Council has apologised over work on a £495,000 scheme to revamp Bramley Bus Interchange over-running by six months – and counting.

The improvements aimed to provide a safer overall layout and improve pedestrian movement by introducing better waiting facilities and real-time travel information.

The upgrades include adding a new bus shelter on a new road built through the grass island off Town Street, and two crossings added to create safe passage to the new bus stop.

Missing bus stop tab the revamped interchange.

Work on the improvements was due to last until New Year’s Eve 2021 but workers were on site until February – and no work has taken place since then, leaving the site unfinished.

Bramley bus users are furious, saying what’s being left is a ‘mess’. They say:

  • The real-time boards still aren’t in place.
  • Poor quality asphalt has been placed on the footpaths and around new bus stands.
  • A promise of a new bus stop on the former grassed island hasn’t materialised.
  • And a new loading bay is being used as a car park by people using the Old Unicorn pub opposite.
Planting is yet to be completed.

Bus users’ concerns

Bus user Eileen Smith told WLD:

“It’s been four months since work stopped on the “Bramley Bus Station”. It’s been left with a patchwork of tarmac around the bus shelters and no landscaping – what an almighty mess. There are pools of water when it rains.”

Local resident Paul Downes said: “They’ve wasted their money to be honest I think. There are no displays up yet for bus times, I’m alright as I’ve got my phone but other people might not.”

Another resident, Brendan Wheelan, added: “They’ve made a mess of it, they’ve put ‘no smoking’ signs up but only one sign for the bus times at the bottom.”

Another part of the plan was to provide a segregated loading/servicing area for the shops next to the interchange. But the loading bay they have installed is often being used by cars parked for The Old Unicorn pub, leaving no space for wagons which then pull into the area intended for buses, often blocking the space.

Bus driver Ryan Geddes said: “I think they should have a thing [in the loading bay] to stop the cars parking there. Because I’ve brought the bus in a few times and the delivery wagon for the pizza place is parked [at the side of the bus stop] and as soon as you’ve parked next to the wagon to load passengers on you’ve blocked it all off.

“But apart from that it’s actually a lot better than it was, a hell of a lot better.”

Councillor’s concerns

Their concerns have been echoed by Councillor Kevin Ritchie (Lab, Bramley & Stanningley). He said: “I am disappointed by the delays and lack of completion. My colleagues and I are pressing West Yorkshire Combined Authority and City Connect officers to get it finished as soon as possible.”

Cllr Ritchie said the delays to the bus shelter in the island area were down to the Combined Authority, which didn’t want it operational yet due to running a reduced number of services.

There have been concerns about ‘shoddy’ workmanship around the new shelters.

Council apologises

A Leeds City Council spokesman apologised for the delay – but did not confirm a completion date. He said:

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works, as it’s taken longer to complete this project than envisaged.

“The delay is due to issues about securing electricity power connections to the bus shelters. This is now being resolved and arrangements are being made to complete this work and to install real time passenger information screens.

“On completion of these final pieces of work, our team will work with contractors to rectify any defects, missing work and water ponding to ensure a satisfactory finish.”

The works were originally approved in June 2020 as part of a £7.4 million package of city-wide transport improvements run by City Connect, with work originally scheduled to start in February. But the start of work, overseen by West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Council, had been delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Council issues students plea: ‘Be mindful of your neighbour’

Scenes like this can be found in parts of Burley and Kirkstall in previous years. Photo: Headingley Greens

By Carla Booth

Please leave your homes tidy and keep the noise down!

That’s the message from Leeds City Council, which is urging more than 50,000 students leaving their homes to be mindful of their neighbours and keep noise to a minimum in communities including Burley and Kirkstall.

As reported last year, piles of rubbish left in the street by students moving house at the end of term have left residents feeling like they are “living in a slum”.

Local resident Kate Wells said: “I noticed a lot of rubbish, furniture, bedding and food waste piled up outside almost every student house. It happens every single year, rubbish starts piling up, wheelie bins get full and rubbish is left on the street.”

Photo: Steve Harris

This year council officers will be working closely alongside the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University to ensure that the move of students leaving their homes this summer will be as smooth as possible.

The ‘moving-out’ period for students can often be a tense time for residents due to the noise it can cause and the amount of waste that is often left behind when the students move.

Executive member for resources Councillor Debra Coupar said: “Universities and students in Leeds make a massive contribution to our culture and economy but we do recognise that in areas with a higher population of students, some anti-social behaviour issues can arise.”

Litter problems on Burley Green. Photo: Steve Harris/Facebook

Leeds City Council is asking students who have come to the end of their tenancies to be mindful of local residents and keep the noise low.

The council has also provided students with a guide on five things they can do to make moving out as easy as possible for both them and local residents.

This comes after Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds teamed up in early June to tackle the amount of waste left by students moving out of their homes.

They started the Good to Give service, which has delivered blue bags to 7,000 households across Burley, Hyde Park and Headingley that students are being encouraged to fill with donations of items they no longer want.

Have your say: Are these initiatives having a positive impact on some of the issues caused by some students in the area? Have your say in the comments section below.

Punch & Judy plus cream teas go down well at Armley’s new Compassion Centre

That's the way to do it! Volunteers Marta Vaczo (left) and Zsoka Antal (right) with their Punch & Judy puppets. Photo: Andy Dalton

By Andy Dalton

Dozens of people attended a new community resource in Armley for cream teas, a browse and a natter last Saturday afternoon.

They popped in to the Mission Room in Mistress Lane, Armley to enjoy a summer social occasion.

From lunchtime onwards people rolled up and tucked into a feast of good food. A pop-up charity shop session and book sale was organised at the same time.

Anthony Thomson serves a visitor from the food table. Photo: Andy Dalton

Tables and chairs were set out on the adjoining grassed area in Mistress Lane. People were able to eat and chat with friends old and new in the sunshine.

They were treated to a Punch & Judy show. Volunteers Marta Vaczo and Zsoka Antal presented a special show on a royal theme. They had made the dolls, a friend had written the script based on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Much to the delight of everyone, they followed the story line of the missing royal sausages.

The afternoon was organised by Leeds City Mission. It was one of the Mission’s first public events as it brings its renovation project in the Mistress Lane premises to a conclusion.

Over the past two years volunteers have gutted and renovated the old Mission Room to create a Compassion Centre. In 2019 Leeds City Mission bought the premises from the Yorkshire Band of Hope Union. Volunteers have been renovating it to use as their a base for different activities and projects.

In addition to its worship and prayer facilities, it will host a range of social projects to meet needs in the community – including a foodbank, pop-up charity shop, counselling and practical help for those at the margins of life. 

Volunteer Chris White welcomes some of the visitors on grassed area in front of wall mural at the centre. Photo: Andy Dalton

Volunteers worked hard all week. They mowed the overgrown grassed area at the side of the Mission Room. Others were busy baking scones and obtaining the refreshments, as well as additional chairs and tables.

Co-ordinator Andy Dalton said that while there were some residual jobs to complete in the renovation they were now able to initiate and run a number of projects to help people at the margins. 

Andy said they hoped to hold an official civic opening ceremony once the remaining jobs have been completed. He added the volunteer team were very encouraged by the numbers who turned up for this summer social event.

Leeds City Mission is a Christian agency which has worked with marginalised people over three centuries and seeks to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of Leeds residents. It was founded in 1837 and is one of the city’s oldest charities. 

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Hit them for six at Fulneck summer cricket camp

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Historic: Fulneck School, Pudsey

Want to train like the pros or just have some cricketing fun? A new summer programme in Fulneck could help you knock the opposition for six.

The R66T Academy has teamed up with Fulneck School to deliver two summer camps for all students aged eight to 16 delivered by qualified cricket coaches and ex-professional players.

Two camps are taking place at Fulneck School. Camp one runs from Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 July and camp two runs on Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 August. Both run 9am to 3pm and wrap around care is available 8.30am-4pm.

Price per day £40 or £100 if you book all three days.

A spokesperson said the sessions were suitable for all levels of ability: “R66T Academy Cricket Camps offer children the opportunity to receive top coaching from ECB qualified coaches and ex-professional players. During the camps, children will also get access to use the latest R66T Academy training aids endorsed by England cricketer Joe Root.”

To book a place for your child please complete the Google Form.

More details from director of sport Mr Walker on

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Rodley Roundabout: Housing plans labelled ‘unacceptable and dangerous’

This land next to Oaklands Hand Car Wash at Rodley Roundabout could become housing. Photo: Google

by John Baron

Plans to build eight detached houses on land off Rodley Roundabout have been labelled ‘unacceptable and dangerous’ by a Calverley & Farsley councillor.

As first reported by WLD on Sunday, the four-bedroom detached homes could be built on disused land next to the Oaklands Service Station, off the Outer Ring Road. Access would be from the car wash site and 13 car parking spaces are planned.

But councillor Peter Carlill has labelled the proposals a ‘non-starter’ and has lodged a ‘strong objection’ to the proposal. He said:

“This site is completely unsuitable for any scale of development due to the means of access – exiting directly on to the Ring Road this close to the roundabout is unacceptable and dangerous.

“Looking at this specific proposal, the site layout contains far too many houses than can fit on this small site and I am sure [it] is not policy compliant. They are much too close together, have a lack of any outdoor amenity space, are overwhelmed by the scale of parking, and are much too close to the existing properties on Hawthorn Grove.

“Although many of the trees, shrubs and other greenery listed on the site are noted as low value, it has been formerly used as an allotment and has a number of fruit trees and other plants remaining. These give the site a strong biodiversity value which should be retained.

“In view of these comments I’m asking that this proposal be refused.”

The applicant is named ‘Iqbal’, and their address is given as the service station. A developer’s planning statement accompanying the application argues the proposed development site is vacant and a derelict parcel of land.

The statement added: “It offers an opportunity to bring it into effective use by the construction of eight dwellings, which would enhance the local environment and contribute towards the Leeds strategy for housing. 

“The proposal is considered to be compliant with the relevant national and local planning policy and approval is sought.”

View – and comment on – the plans in full here.

Reader’s letter: Urgent appeal for new leaders as beavers and cubs face possible closure

Fairfield Community Centre. Copyright Stephen Craven and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Sir,- 29th South West Leeds Scout Group is urgently appealing for adults to lead the Beaver and Cub sections of our group. We are a small, friendly team of experienced leaders, but need more adults.

You need to be willing and enthusiastic to work with children.

Beavers are six to eight years old and cubs are eight to ten-and-a-half years. For leaders there is minimum age of 18 years, but no upper age limit.

There will be some initial training modules on safety and safeguarding to complete and a DBS check will be necessary. There will be further modules of training to complete over the following three years.

The sections meet each Thursday at Fairfield Community Centre from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and 6.30pm to 8pm.

You would need to be able to organise and manage the weekly meetings, buy resources from group budgets, keep badge records and keep parents informed of activities. There will be plenty of support provided from experiences leaders.

If you have a few hours a week to spare and think you would be interested in volunteering to lead one of the sections, please contact the group scout leader, Michael, on 07421 309494 or the acting chair, Heather, on 07920 101860 for further information.

We are likely to have to close the two sections in September if we don’t get more adults, so please don’t be shy.

  • Michael & Heather

Bramley mini-market offers ‘pamper hamper’ to lucky visitor

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Venue: Bramley Community Centre

By Paul Abraham of

This Saturday at the Bramley Mini-Market a lucky visitor will walk away with a luxury “pamper” hamper as every adult is entered into a free raffle.

More than £80 worth of products including a box of chocolates, two bottles of bucks fizz, bottles of red wine, scented candles, free facial voucher and other vouchers are included in this free draw.

Bramley Mini-Market will be held at the Bramley Community Centre. The wheelchair and pram friendly event starts at 10am and closes at 2pm with free entry – you can even bring your dog.

With an increase in stallholders, the ever-increasing range of hand-made items and gifts, books, sweets, environmental friendly oils and beauty product and not forgetting the cake stall, then there really is something for everyone’s tastes and pockets.

Eat some delicious cake while having a go on the tombola, while the children or young at heart adults can have their face painted!

Refreshments will be available at very resonable prices including tea or coffee at 50p each and a variety of hot food available to keep you nourished and energised.

So please support this local market run by local people for local people and bag a bargain!

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