I taught at schools in the two villages, (Farsley and Calverley), that Rodley is sandwiched between, for 30 years and have friends in the area. My very best friend Anne lives in Rodley and at the moment I am staying with her whilst building work is completed in my home in north Leeds.
There is no decent pub within walking distance where I live and as Rodley has, I have spent many a convivial evening here with my friend and new friends made. The Owl pub, when run by Gina Howard and her family, has featured large in my social life. What a fantastic community pub that was – great grub, fantastic well kept beer, live music, quiz nights, used by local clubs and most of all such a warm welcome. Enterprise Inns should be ashamed the way they treated the Howards and for the eventual complete and utter ruin of one of Rodleys centre pieces, that has never been the same since.
The Barge pub across the road, privately owned thank god, has not had to suffer the same fate and still provides a welcome, good beer and live music and still carry on the successful beer festival at August bank holiday. Then theres the Crown and Anchor further up the road and the Rodley Social Club with subsidised beer. There’s also the Railway a short step away along the Leeds Liverpool canal.
The canal………..a great easy walk and cycle, with a couple of nice small but lovely cafes along the way. Just wish some cyclists were more careful and polite.
The river Aire runs next to the canal with another lovely walk alongside.
I took my dog, Tetley, for a walk along the river and couldn’t quite believe the vastness of the new Redrow housing estate that is being built – Horsforth Vale. I believe 500 houses are being built. I also believe Redrow has won building awards for this site. That may be all very nice and dandy but what sort of impact is it going to have on the environment and infrastructure? The traffic along the ring road and through Calverley and Rodley is already very heavy. The new road layouts at Rodley and Horsforth roundabouts seem to have helped a bit, but with the massive increase in residents trying to get out of Calverley lane it can only get worse. Then what about schools? Rodley primary was closed about 16? years ago. I know that Calverley C of E, Springbank and Westroyd will have increased capacity, but is that the way forward? Bigger schools? Will there be enough places? How on earth Westroyed can be increased any more on that small footprint of land is beyond me.
I managed to find this information about the proposals for the site, which is very interesting. click here
There’s Rodley Nature Reserve which is a fabulous bit of well managed re-wilding and helps keep nature alive in the Aire Valley corridor.
And then theres my friends lovely garden.
Thanks so much for having me Anne
So I’ve taught my lovely little guitarists and stop off for a pint at The Barge next to the canal in Rodley. Nice little pub, friendly and always have good selection of real ales. Always feel fine coming here on my own for quiet drink. Rodleys a nice place on the outskirts of Leeds, situated next to the Leeds Liverpool canal. I spend quite a lot of time around here as I have friends who live here or nearby. I have taught in Calverley and Farsley which are great “town villages” that sandwich Rodley – with Rodley being the filling! All three places have a vibrant community with various events taking place throughout the year.
The other pub across the road from the Barge in The Owl. This pub used to be a stonkingly brilliant pub with good food, great beer, events and live music. This was the pub I used to frequent regularly until Enterprise decided to basically to push the rent up so much that the landlady and family were forced to leave. There was a massive campaign in support of her and her family who ran the pub. Television, radio, papers, councillors and MPs all joined in but Enterprise Pub Co stuck its heels in and let her go and it has never been the same since. Such stupidity and stubbornness on the part of the Pubco and is now left with a fairly empty pub. Gina Howard the best landlady anybody could want left and went up the road to Farsley to manage the newly refused Fleece pub. And what an amazing turnaround that has had. It wins Camara awards regularly and is a great success. So your loss Enterprise!