South Leeds: Community joins together for activity-packed weekend

St Luke's Church in Holbeck.
St Luke's Church in Holbeck.
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Church members from across South Leeds came together at the weekend for two days of entertainment and social events.

The first Beeston and Holbeck Community Weekend included events at almost all churches in LS11, ranging from afternoon tea to bouncy castles and baton twirling 

Anna Smith, the main organiser behind the weekend, said: “We’ve worked hard together because it’s great for people to come out into their communities and have some fun.”

The churches behind the weekend included St Luke’s Church in Holbeck, Beeston Hill United Free Church, Holbeck Christian Fellowship, Mosaic and The Salvation Army Hunslet Corps.

Alistair Kaye, the vicar at St Luke’s Church, was delighted with the way the weekend had gone.

He said: “We can put on quite an event when a lot of different groups get involved and work together at full pelt.

“We aim to get people involved in the community and build a sense of pride.”

St Luke’s hosted a barbecue with entertainment and stalls on Sunday.

Alistair said: “It’s really exciting, the joy when the community comes together and everyone is just having fun.

“It’s about the most rewarding thing that you can do.”

Children’s groups run by the churches, such as Space Youth Organisation and Kidz Klub, got together with other children’s clubs to entertain the younger residents while giving them a platform to show off their skills at colouring and crafts.

And the South Leeds Majorettes added some high-kicking colour to the proceedings.

Speaking before the event, their manager, Helen Wright, said: “We’re hoping to liven everything up.

“We’re the only dance group involved and we’re hoping that people will join in.”

The Salvation Army corps hosted afternoon tea with tea, coffee, cake and activities for children on Saturday.

Lieutenant Andrew Jarrold, who organised the event, said: “It would be great if the community weekend could become an annual thing.

“It’s part of our belief – we want to show people in the area that we care for them.”

Ms Smith agreed, adding: “It’s something that I love to do, I love to see churches out in their communities.”

The people behind the weekend are hoping to make it a regular event. More information on future Beeston and Holbeck Community Weekends will be available nearer to the time.

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