Insect Hotel at Woodhouse

It was lovely to see this amazing insect hotel in the garden at Woodhouse Community Centre. It was created by the Inkwell gardening group using lots of natural and found materials, this insect hotel is the perfect home for all our beautiful bugs and perfect pollinators!

The gardening group meet on Thursday mornings 10am – 11.30am – new members welcome

Litter Free Leeds

Leeds Goes Purple


Friday 10th June – Sunday 12th June

Have you seen those purple bin bags dotted around your area?

If you didn’t know, they’re being filled up by local people who are doing litter picks in your area as part of Litter Free Leeds.

We all know litter is an eyesore and can be a danger to wildlife and pets. Each year 60,000 bags of litter are collected in Leeds by people ranging from individuals, families doing a quick pick as part of a day out or dog walk, to organised groups and even businesses wanting to do something to make a difference in their area.

Litter Free Leeds is organising a ‘Leeds Goes Purple’ weekend starting today and running until Sunday 12th June to celebrate the contributions being made across the city and to spread the news to anyone who wants to join in and do their bit in and around their local communities.

If you want to join in, contact your local group – Woodhouse Womblers – to get your purple bags.

Corn Exchange Celebration Event

If you fancy going to see what the area around the Corn Exchange looks like now after all the regeneration work has been done tomorrow is a good time to go:

There’s an event celebrating the launch of the Corn Exchange’s new surroundings. It’s at the Corn Exchange from 11am – 4pm and there’s a variety of entertainment, including:

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🎵 Live music

💃 Dance performances

🎭 Street entertainers

🎨 Children’s face painting

And much more

Nearly 1,750 square metres of public realm has been created outside the Corn Exchange by upgrading two existing pedestrian areas and removing the stretch of Call Lane that runs between New Market Street and Crown Street. New seating, trees and sandstone paving are among the design features contributing to the welcoming nature of an accessible space that can be enjoyed day-to-day by shoppers, workers, local residents and visitors alike.

Light of Remembrance – Candle lit vigil walk Leeds City Centre

Saturday April 23rd 6pm – 9pm

To bring together communities through the losses suffered during Covid-19, a short candlelit vigil walk from the Millennium Square to the Mill Hill Chapel in City Square (Leeds) on the 23rd April, 2022 between 6-9pm.


6pm Meet on the steps of the Civic Hall in Millennium Square where Martin House Children’s Hospice choir will be performing. Civic leaders will be attending and opening our event.

Opening Speakers: Councillor Eileen Taylor; Councillor Sharon Burke; Councillor Abigail Marshall Katung; Councillor Mohammed Iqbal; Councillor Sharon Hamilton

7pm A candle lit walk stopping at significant places to pause and reflect, en route to City Square and finally into Mill Hill Chapel

8pm We will be gathering inside the chapel until 9pm (event finishes)

There will be a musical performance from: Sarah Yaseen & Mina Salama

To see more information or to register:

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National Day of Reflection 2022

On the second anniversary of the UK lockdown – a day to pause and reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years and on the lives of those we have lost.

Whether a death is recent or long ago, and whether or not it was due to Covid-19, every year there are millions of people bereaved. The restrictions we’ve all been living under have meant that many people have had to grieve without friends and family around them.

Marie Curie UK are the driving force behind this day and they will be hosting free online events all day – you can see what is happening at

  • At 12pm, there’ll be a minute’s silence and people are encouraged to come together to honour loved ones who have died and reflect on the challenges we’ve overcome by observing a nationwide minute of silence.
  • Civic buildings in Leeds will be lit up in yellow during the evening.
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Leeds Bereavement Forum will run a virtual death café between 3-4pm to provide a dedicated space to encourage discussion about death and dying in a relaxed environment. For more information visit Leeds Bereavement Forum’s National Day of Reflection Death Cafe | Leeds Bereavement Forum ( and email for the zoom link

Next week Caring Together will be holding our ‘Nature Filled Spring Get Together. We will be coming together and creating our own small space of remembrance for loved ones no longer with us


Councillors’ Advice Surgery at Caring Together

Our local councillors for Headingley and Hyde Park ward (which also covers most of Woodhouse) will be holding their monthly Woodhouse advice surgery at our premises tomorrow.

They will be at Caring Together on Charing Cross shopping centre (Woodhouse Street, LS6 2PY – across from the Londis shop/Post Office) from 5pm – 6pm, Tuesday 8th March

Any resident who needs help or advice from the councillors is welcome to come along at this time.

From Couch to Chorus – Sing into Spring 2022

Virtual Choir – Weekly 2nd to 24th March

For more details and how to book:

Opera North’s Virtual Choir is back. Join together with a community of like-minded singers, from complete beginners to experienced choir-goers – everyone is welcome.

From improvements in memory and pain relief, to a boost in confidence and the release of ‘happy’ chemicals… singing is really great for you! Find out a bit more about some of the benefits to both your mental and physical health.

Leeds Lit Fest 2022 – online and in person

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Leeds Lit Fest starts today and runs until 6th March. The city’s award winning festival of words and thought returns for its fourth year and there is a mixture of online and in person events. Many of these are free or pay as you feel.

It will include author talks, a literary quiz, songs from the commoners choir, storytelling, writers workshops, movie nights and lots more

You can see all the events here or visit the website for lots more information

Online event from M&S Archive

The next online event from M&S is tomorrow

Friday 25th February at 12.30-1pm

M&S on Film: Marketing M&S! Adverts, adverts and more adverts, looking at how cinema and TV were used to market products. Exploring the history of M&S advertising through archive film collection, from Swinging Sixties cinema adverts to iconic food campaigns.

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Online Event

This is a pre-recorded talk featuring original archive images introduced by the Archivist, who will be available to respond to questions during and following the talk.

Running time – 30 minutes.

Click here to join the event, the talk will start automatically at 12.30pm.

Visit the M&S Archive website