West Leeds: Mucking in to get a taste of The Good Life

Carol Clarkson with some of the produce that will be sold in the greengrocer's.

Carol Clarkson with some of the produce that will be sold in the greengrocer's.

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residents can muck in and sample their very own taste of The Good Life in the heart of west Leeds.

For most of the 20th century a greengrocer has graced the corner of Armley Town Street and Chapel Lane.

But by 2000 Geldards, which opened in 1930, closed its doors and the building became a solicitor’s firm.

Now the Armley community has mucked in to transform its building into a community hub.

The Hub on Town Street is now open for business and remaining true to its roots by having its own greengrocer offering cut-price fruit and vegetable to keep the community healthy.

Carol Clarkson, from Leeds Healthy Living Network, is now hoping that the community will muck in to create a vegetable patch to stock the facility.

Carol said: “It’s more than just a community centre and the reaction so far has been really great.

“It’s somewhere people can get together, meet new friends and get involved in their local community.

“There are so many opportunities.”.

The centre will also run arts and crafts sessions, cookery sessions and show people how to garden and grow their own produce.

The community hub aims to inspire residents to start up their own micro-businesses.

Sonja Woodcock, from the project, added: “It has taken us a long time to get to this point.

“It is wonderful that we have got a greengrocer here again on the street.

“It’s really about supporting local business and inspiring people.

“People are really keen and we are hoping to respond to the needs of the community by finding out what they want at the Hub.”

The greengrocers will be open on Wednesday and Thursday and there a community cafe, which stocks locally baked goods, will also be open.

For more information, email carol.clarkson@hlnleeds.org.uk or contact 0113 2951043.

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