Oh God, our heavenly Father, who safely brought us the dawn of this day
Help us to do our work cheerfully and well,
Keep us truthful and honest with a kind word for all we meet.
May we be free from slackness and laziness but make us brave to do what is right, even if it's hard.
Keep us from doing wrong and help us to love and serve Thee all our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1952 ... August 23rd is Carnival Day in Belle Isle.
Jean Harley will be Queen of the Carnival of the Belle Isle Fellowship of the Leeds Congregational Council. Also that on the day will be displays, fancy dress competition and sports.
Congregationalists of Belle Isle have been using a wooden hut for the past 3 years, but very soon that will change. Their new church will open October 4th.
1946 ... Colour Sgt William Booth from Winrose Drive was with his small patrol in the Japanese occupied Burma jungle. One of his group was carrying the large tin they used for brewing tea. It slipped and rolled down the steep hillside making loud clattering noises as it rolled down hitting rocks on the way down. Colour Sgt Booth said "it made enough noise to way the whole Japanese Army".
As it eventually came to rest at the bottom of the hill, the patrol froze, expecting to hear the machine guns, but there was nothing - not a sound. All of a sudden a Yorkshire voice said "Na then, tha's done it - no tea for us this trip"
Colour Sgt Booth went on to Sumatra after his time in Burma.
1947 ... A mum raced a quarter of a mile in blizzard conditions to phone for an ambulance for her Daughter.
Mum of four Edith Foster was in the kitchen when she heard her Son shout out, she ran to the sitting room where they were all playing, to find her Daughter Sylvia's dress in flames. A spark from the open fire had landed on her dress.
Edith grabbed the rug that was on the floor and wrapped her Daughter in it.
Sylvia aged 8 suffered burns to her face and arms and was very poorly in hospital. Edith suffered burns to hands but after treatment was not detained.
1947 ... A pair of post war houses, the first to be built on the Belle Isle estate, are finished. The finished houses were built by Neville Shute, who handed them over to Leeds Corporation. Mr. Shute is hoping to complete 4 to 6 houses every week
1945 ... A plan is being drawn up among 800 members of Belle Isle Tenants Association to patrol the estate.
It will be on similar lines to the A.R.P. system and it is hoped it will start in a couple of days.
1942 ... A grocer from Broom Place ended up in court for over charging on certain goods. Thomas Shephard was fined £5 on each summons of selling butter and lard at an over excessive price. He was also ordered to pay costs as well. Although Mr. Shephard had over 180 registered customers he still added on a farthing to the prices of butter and lard.
The two summons against his Wife were dropped under the Probation Act.
1938 ... During the building of Belle Isle estate, a workman had a nasty accident. William Sheard who lives in Beeston was run over by a mechanical excavator which left his foot severed. He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where his condition was poorly.
May 1953 ... Plans went to Leeds City Council for the proposal of the sale of land on housing estates in Leeds to brewery companies. In the plans there were two areas of Belle Isle ... land in Throstle Road to Armley Brewery Co. Ltd for £2,500 and land on Belle Isle Road to Leeds and Wakefield Breweries Ltd for £2,500.
March 1944 ... Frederick William Barlow of Belle Isle Circus passed away.
Frederick was one of the people who along with Billy Gilston helped to form the Hunslet Rugby Club.
Last year when Frederick and his Wife were celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary he told how he used to walk along the ground of Leeds Steel Works on his way to Woodhouse Hill where the rugby ground was.
Frederick was 83 years old.
May 1938 ... All contractors wishing to put a tender in for the building of Belle Isle Junior and Infant School, should send their names along with a deposit of 2 guineas to the Education Department. Deposit will be returned upon receipt of bona fide tender.