North Leeds Charity Beer Festival


Picture of young woman at North Leeds Charity Beer Festival.

Posted by Paul on April 30, 2012, he wrote:

“Walking across the road towards the church of St Aidan yesterday I noticed signs up for a beer festival in the church hall so when I came out of the church I headed for the beer.

Anyone who knows me would be surprised to see me at a beer festival, I am not much of drinker but this was different this was a beer festival in Leeds. So for this blog I went to my first beer festival. This was I think no ordinary beer festival, it was a charity event organised by the Rotary Club of Roundhay Leeds in association with the Lord Mayor of Leeds. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Rev Canon Alan Taylor, wearing his other hat is also the vicar of St Aidan‘s.

If you look closely at the beer glass in the above picture there are two logos, the first being the Rotarians of Roundhay, Leeds and the other being Leeds Brewery.”

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Treasures Revealed St. Aidan


Picture of detail of mosaic at church of St Aidan at Harehills, Leeds.

Paul wrote on this day: “Yesterday I revisited the church of St Martin at Potternewton, Leeds and then went to have a look at St Aidan’s church in Harehills. I lived in Harehills for around 1 year when I was a student in Leeds many years back, so I know the area pretty well. Although I had walked around the outside of the church of St Aidan I had never been beyond the locked door. I knew St Aidans was large form the exterior but it was quite a bit bigger inside than I had thought. Everything about St Aidan’s is on an almost Soviet era scale but especially the font and the pillars.

The one thing most people know about St Aidan’s is the mosaics by Frank Brangwyn, these were completed in 1916. Originally Brangwyn was commissioned to decorate the church with a painting, but he worried about the smoky atmosphere in the area damaging the work so he started anew and produced a mosaic instead. The mosaic in the apse shows scenes from the life of St Aidan and it like the church itself is on a grand scale. In the above picture can be seen a length of a mosaic on the stairway leading up to the altar with some of the main mosaic above and beyond this.”