Issue 133 – June 2024 

Oh, someday girl, I don’t know when, we’re gonna get to that place. Where we really want to go, and we’ll walk in the sun. But till then, tramps like us, baby, we were born to run. Classic Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run, there’s not much more to be said (except Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s version was better). There’s quite a few people at both Crossgates Harriers & St. Theresa’s Athletics Club who were born to run and care enough about their sport that they’re prepared to spend time and effort trying to get the running track up at Temple Newsam in good condition so the rest of us can benefit from it when we awake from our collective slumber, let’s give them all the support they deserve.

Issue 132 – May 2024

I say, I don’t like cricket, oh no. I love it I don’t like cricket, no no, I love it. Dreadlock Holiday by 10cc from 1978, Graham Gouldman sang giving 10cc the distinction of having three UK number one hits all with different lead vocalists. None of this has any relevance to Crossgates Cricket Club who are looking for new members and sponsors. But it was the only song we knew which mentioned cricket. Something completely different from local indie publisher Armley Press seems to have quite a few people bowled over as their latest release Confessions of a Pole Dancing Priest. Not exactly an every day subject but absolutely worth a read! And competition time again, Classical Ibiza hits Temple Newsam this June, see page 37.

Issue 131 – March 2024

Rainy Day Man, this is what they call you. But nobody knows the truth. But I know now, rain is just an answer. To your broken heart. Funny how the rain keeps falling down, Will it ever stop somehow? Something different here, for a change we’re not wallowing in nostalgia and feature the lyrics of a newly released song. And there’s a Leeds connection here as Jeff Christie, one of our most enduring musicians for over fifty years links up with Italian singer songwriter Lorenzo Gabanizza for their fourth composition together – ‘Rainy Day Man’ (see page 20.) Still on a musical theme and local barber Mark Ramsden tries to get us away from the telly and out to see some live music. Maybe we would but it always seems to be a rainy day here and the rain keeps falling down.

Issue 130 – February 2024

Hey, Now just get in and close the door. And put your foot down, I’ll tell you what. Why don’t we cross the city limit. And head on down the M62. And forty-five minutes to Manchester. Driving away from home, Thirty miles or more. And we’ll go moving away from home. Without a care in the world. “Driving Away from Home (Jim’s Tune)” is a song by Scouse band It’s Immaterial. Released as a single in March 1986, a classic driving song although we’re not sure who Jim is but we think he might like a pint (when he’s not driving) and a sing song. And with that in mind it’s competition time again. We’ve two tickets up for grabs to see the Dublin Legends at the Irish Centre. See page 20 for more details. The Crossgates Community Coalition have launched a fund raising page to try to buy and revamp the iconic library building and turn it into a community hub. Whatever the politics involved, nobody can deny this buidling is a part of our local history (page 22).

Issue 129 – January 2024

People need people, To walk to, To talk to. To cry and rely on, people will always need people. To love and to miss, to hug and to kiss. It’s useful to have other people. To whom to moan If you’re all alone, it’s so hard to share, When no one is there. Kindly words from poet Benjamin Zephaniah who sadly passed away just before Christmas. Moving onto 2024 and as the nights slowly get lighter anyone wanting to make a few changes to their lives might be well served giving our resident East Leeds hypnotist Gillian Lambert a call. Whether it’s anxiety or stopping smoking, Gill can help. If you can’t see yourself doing that, why not try boxing (page 22) or karate (page 13), whatever you do this year, let’s raise a glass to a bit less rain than we had last year.

Issue 128 – December 2023

I don’t know, don’t really care, Let there be songs to fill the air.
Ripple in still water, When there is no pebble, tossed, Nor wind to blow. You who choose to lead must follow. But if you fall you fall alone. If you should stand then who’s to guide you? If I knew the way I would take you home.

Ripple…A peace song from the joyfully named Grateful Dead, a song about bringing people together with love and affection through the power of music. It’s a classic from the ’70s, but it withstands the test of time and as we approach the season of Goodwill to all men it seems there is more conflict than most of us can ever remember, it does seem humanity never really learns.

Gathering together for the good of the local community, Connecting Crossgates have organised Carols in the Park at Manston Park on Saturday 23rd December at 6.30 -7.00pm. There’s mulled wine and mince pies on offer. Bring a torch or lantern but try not to set fire to the place.

Issue 127 – October 2023

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines.
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way.
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say.
Pink Floyd from Dark Side of the Moon, some long forgotten album from the early 70’s that sold one or two copies here and there.The Paradox Orchestra obviously liked it as they’re recreating it with violins, cellos, a double bass and things like that. By candle light no less, in Leeds Minster. And there’s a chance to win a couple of tickets on page 30.
On a slightly different side of the music spectrum but equally interesting, the former backing band of Ian Dury, The Blockheads, are still touring and keeping his memory alive, so that’s a Reason to be Cheerful and they’re also adding some great new material. They’re playing the Brudenell on December 8th and there’s a couple of tickets up for grabs on page 32.

Issue 126 – September 2023

Quite often we get emails and phone calls from local events and organisations which we would love to give publicity to but we just don’t have the space to do it. One such event is the Cross Gates Winter Health and Well-being Event, scheduled to take place on the 26th of September from 10am to 2pm at Cross Gates Shopping Centre.

Another is the Local Care Partnership group in Crossgates which is working to make Crossgates more Dementia Friendly and get local businesses involved.

Issue 125 – August 2023


It’s issue 125 of East Leeds Magazine! The number 125’s meaning is about hope, encouragement, and positivity. The number 125 is also a sign of change and new beginnings. Back in the olden days there was The InterCity 125 HST. In science the number 125 represents Unbipentium’s atomic number, while in numerology it’s a manifestation of the heavenly realm in your life. But of course, we all knew that!

Issue 124 – July 2023


Warren’s making a bit of a song and dance about honey bees right now and Alan C’s doing the same about hats! Lee Murtagh is busy putting his third film in three years together.
And another competition, this time to win two tickets to see a modern take of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ with an added environmental twist in it.