Not such a mad week this week; but still working in a closet! It will soon be over, new office is nearly there.
I had a lovely morning yesterday with, Bywater Boutique and ACR Design, helping them with Social Media. How, why and how best to use it, it's something I have done for many people,. Members and non members of The Main Deal. A lot of people use social media to promote their business, yet haven't had any help as to how best to use it and this is where I come in and show them how it can best work for their business; as each business needs a different approach. Good fun girls too. You can find Sarah from Bywater Gifts selling her wares at, The Station House Craft event on 6th June from 6-8pm
We welcome Katherine from Swing Sling this week as our new member. Katherine will be running classes starting in June in The Methodist Church
Monday 12th & 19th June - 9.15-10.15am
Wednesday 14th, 21st June - 1.30-2.30pm
First session is free. All other sessions in June are discounted at £2 per session.
Classes then commence weekly from
£5 per session - pay per session or
£27 per 6 week block (£4.50 per session).
Contact Katherine to book on for you and your baby, toddler Telephone: 07540 893 173 or email email@example.com
Find out more about it here ; - http://www.slingswing.co.uk/ copy and paste
Grab a G&T, sit and listen..... it is Friday
#MIG (Mum In Garforth)
National Smile Month
After several months of teething, my little man's bottom two teeth have finally come through - just in time for the Oral Health Foundation's National Smile Month! So it's a perfect time to learn how to take care of his new chompers.
Unfortunately, as of last year tooth decay was still on the rise in children in England, so it's important to get into healthy habits early.
NHS choices has information on how to take care of your baby's teeth here
And information on how to care for older children's teeth can be found here
We picked up a baby toothbrush and toothpaste and so far little man doesn't mind having his teeth brushed. Next up will be a trip to the dentist...
More information on National Smile Month can be found here http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/
Until next week,
Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
In the coming week's we will have Sam coming on as a Guest blogger, she wants to tell you about her fabulous story, about her Dad and how he was instrumental in getting The Yorkshire Air Ambulance off the ground #garforthman
Do Good things................. it makes you feel great
Until next week ...............................
This week has been hectic! With builders in my house, helping where I can with the Feastival, adding new members, working in an office that has a nerf guns and an upside down sofa, meeting people; which is always lovely, my eldest son having the stress of SATS and finally booking our first holiday abroad in 12 years.... all this in a week! And when I've been able to, I've been working from the sofa (not the upside down one) as I have been feeling a little under the weather; I wonder why?
To be fair the local builders I am using have been really good and I would highly recommend. Dave Richardson of MD Building and Property Ltd and his team, Nigel the Joiner, John the plasterer and Craig, the helping hand have been really efficient. I needed a whole new staircase ripping out and a new one installed into our attic bedroom, as when the original one was put in, Circa, 'Back to The Future' era, they had used the original box room for the staircase! Anyhow, I have changed stairs, re-instated the box room and now have new TMD office; I'm really quite clever really you know; don't let the blonde hair or typo's fool you! The big issue now is, what colour shall we paint the office?
Once I have my new office up and running it will be nice for promo video's, a better back drop and quieter.
Listening to the Garforth Community Choir, as I do on a Friday; I pick up the link to the rehearsal from the last week and it always makes writing the blog so much easier; sometimes faster if their singing a particular song! They are working with 2 choir masters at the minute, Cleve Freckleton as the god of all choirs and with a new leader, Thanda who is working very closely with the choir giving them new challenges and new songs, he's making the choir sound amazing. Thanda is from Africa and brings a whole diverse sound with a powerful voice for the choir; he's very funny too. You can follow him https://www.thandamusic.co.uk/
New people are joining all the time, go along for a taste tester, any Wednesday evening from 7-9pm, meet inside the main reception of Garforth Academy where, Pam or James will meet you.
Just copy and paste this link to find out more about how the choir works
You can hear the choir tonight on Chapel FM - Internet radio so it will be live streamed. They are on at 7.30pm
What's going on this weekend?
We see The Gin Shack at Beauty Matters this evening #GINMATTERS starting at 6.30 - 9.00pm
I think there are a few tickets left so you can probably still attend. Give Beauty Matters a call 286 2222.
Tickets are £15 and it includes, Canapes by Pride and Produce, a ' Gin Fizz' on arrival followed by a 'Gin Flight' over the evening. Handmade Dumouchel Chocolates will also be available to indulge in and try.
The Beauty Matters team will be demonstrating treatments over the course of the night.
Tickets are available from Beauty Matters reception
We see C A Hair design working with Helen Cooper from Tropic bringing us a night of great skincare - Tropic Pamper Evening from 7.00 - 9.00pm - Free admission
Join us for a fantastic evening! a bit of pampering and some good old fun! Learn more about these award winning products! #GreenBeautyRevolution NOT TO BE MISSED!
#MIG (Mum in Garforth) Christine 2
Looking for fun and friendly baby and toddler groups around Garforth?
Every Monday we enjoy going to our Baby Buds group at St Benedits Church Hall in Garforth. Its for babies under 12 months and led by Jan, a childcare expert who's been running baby groups for over 27 years. She's helped by Diane, also very experienced in childcare. They're both great - really welcoming and friendly.
It's a really relaxed environment, great for play and making new friends - we've met lots of new mums and babies there. There's a sensory room and singing to keep your little one stimulated and entertained, and we got a 'song sack' at our first session to keep the little toys and props we sing about.
I knew it was a hit with my little man the first time we went - he didn't take his eyes off Jan while she was singing in the middle of the group, laughing and smiling the whole time. Plus, there's tea and cake and time to chat at the end of each session.
Interested? For more information or to book contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Babybuds Garforth Facebook page.
Have older babies? Jan also runs three different groups at the Rothwell Parish Church Hall - Babybuds, Twinklebuds and Lilybuds - for babies up to 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months respectively.
Interested? For more information email Jan at email@example.com or check out the Lilybuds Baby and Toddler Groups Facebook page. No need to book these ones in advance.
I'm sure there's plenty other great baby groups in the area - please do share some of the other ones you know of!
Until next week,
Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
I introduce you to the third, Christine from Feeling Alive in LS25 - Christine is a real advocate for all things good, and this week, she wants to tell you, why buying local matters
It has to be said, the internet has ruined some local businesses. With a click of a button, you can buy goods from anywhere in the world. It’s sad to see deserted shops, on once bustling high streets. You only have to look at places like Sheffield and the historic market town of Pontefract, to see these sad changes to the high street.
However, some retailers are reporting business getting better and there has been full circle from internet, back to high street.
So why is shopping local better?
1. Your spending will boost the local economy. Research shows that for every £1 you spend in a small business, 63p of that — stays in the local economy.
2. It’s ethical 💚 Shopping local generally means you are eating seasonal. Eating seasonal means you are general being better to the planet. It’s very hard to get things like blackberries in November, in the U.K.
Climate change is real and we all need to do our bit to slow it down. Importing these goods uses more energy and creates lots of waste. If you buy local, the food has had a short field — to — fork traveling time.
3. By investing in local business, you help build communities. Communities are important to people as they allow us to interact, share experiences, develop relationships and work towards common goals. Without communities, people would have to live in isolation.
4. Local food has more nutrition. Food imported is out of date before it hits your plate. Research has shown that fruit and veg from some supermarkets, is rotting en route. The plastic bags that the food comes in, stops air from getting to your food. However when that is removed, your food is out of date in 24 hours. Seriously — you might as well chew on cardboard.
So if you can change one thing this week, try buy one local produce a week. Whether that be a pint of milk or locally sourced carrots. At the end of the day — it’s good for you, your family and the planet.
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Something tells me if you're a Christine, you're someone who goes and get things done and concentrates on what matters in life! never happier to be called Christine
So, as we know, Costa has plans in; do we need it? In my opinion NO, and looking at the threads on other local social media pages, not many of you want it either! But you have to love a bit of local business banter
Smile and see how infectious it is......................
Until next week .......
Yes, it truly is a day! Hug a shed and take a selfie.... who comes up with these things? Oh well, i'm always up for a bit of fun! Hug your shed today..... #meshed
NEW MEMBERS this week....
Welcome to Dotties Events, great for venue styling for all your party needs as well as sweet cart hire.
Ti Security as new members this week check out all their fabulous offerings including local apprenticeships
We are looking to help advertise a local band who will be bringing something fabulous to Garforth in June! Like a bit of #garybarlow!
As mentioned last week, I am working with the NHS. Next Wednesday 10th May, they are running a focus group to gather your thoughts and views. The session will be held at Cielo Coffee Shop, it will start at 12.00pm and last 30 minutes. As of this afternoon there are only 5 places remaining, so come and help and find out the important factors about super bugs and how using antibiotics properly may help. Free Tea, Coffee and Cake for your thoughts!
Mummies Workout Club!
I like fitness classes. Before little man was born, I would get up early to clock a 6:30am circuit or spin class a couple days a week before work. You know, back in the days where sleep wasn't such a precious commodity.
I do miss it though. It's tough going to the gym when little man is still so dependant on me. I work out at home, but it's just not the same. So, I've started a workout group with a few mummy friends where we can bring our little ones along and get a good HIIT-style circuit workout.
Want to join us?
Where: Premier World Fitness, Garforth
When: Thursdays 10:30-11:30
How much: £4 to help cover cost of the room
How it works: We set up mats with toys in the centre of the room surrounded by stations with different exercises. We do intervals around the room, keeping an eye on our little ones, and they keep an eye on us (turns out watching Mummy sweat is very entertaining!) The circuit lasts about 30 minutes, leaving plenty of time to be kind to ourselves with a good stretch and bit of a natter afterwards.
If your little one is relatively stationary still and you want to give it a try you're more than welcome to join us! If you can, let me know if you're coming so I have an idea of numbers. But also feel free to drop in as well.
Hope to see you there!
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The First Gin Friday at Quirky Ales tonight - The first Friday of every month, pop in, #drinklocal
The Welfare Hall is a great place to pop into this weekend for refreshments/lunch as well as numerous interesting stalls and activities and all proceeds go to St Mary’s Church to maintain is to that I can remain for Baptisms, marriages and funerals and most importantly be there ALL the for ALL the people
Garforth Feastival update Pride and Produce, Dumouchel, The Gin shack and Quirky will be selling their wares to buy along with other foody stalls out on Main Stret. The Library will have a baking competition and story reading in venues, Cielo, The Station House, Dumouchel, Freshly Made are also getting organised with food items, possible open Mic events and entertainment in house! Along with some special dishes!
We will dish out and drip feed you information as we go along when more things are confirmed. Quirky Ales are having a night time do where tickets will be at a reasonable cost, and there will be bands playing The gin shack, possibly Wine of some form and food offerings; it will all be going on down there on the night itself. So keep following Quirky for more info on tickets sales.
PLANNING.... not a happy bunny
As mentioned last week, The Greengrocer is moving into the old CO-OP Travel unit, and it seems that the company taking over already has planning permission in, to change the Shop front window! If rumours are to be true and as planning indicates; I'm hearing very loudly that COSTA coffee is coming.................... you can imagine my thrill to hear about yet another large chain store. On the basis of the rumours last week, I sent an enquiry along with a detailed report in an email to Henry Lax Ltd who are the Landlords for the units along this parade, outlining the options of coffee we have already and in the report, how it shows clearly that a much wider choice and variety of shops is needed, such as retail, and how potentially this could kill off other independent cafe's! Have I had a reply back from them......... NO! I have also asked our local Councillors if there is anything they could to help in stopping something so unnecessary arriving on our High Street.... ! Garforth changes are bringing changes that we just don't need!
More info in planning - see link file:///C:/Users/Christine%20Thom/Downloads/17_02659_FU-PROPOSED_ELEVATIONS_AND_SIGNAGE-1911660.pdf
Guest Blogger is back
Next week we’ll also be having a guest blogger, from Feeling Alive in LS25….. She is brilliant and will have some great information to share. She is On a mission to improve the well-being of the people in #LS25. Eating well - #buyinglocal championing #yorkshire produce. Days out, exercise and #oral health
Be good, be kind, shop local and stop using the excuse of not being able to park. I probably go down more than most of the people reading this blog and I can always park. If you want to find a space within 2 minutes of arriving on Main Street or you want to find it really easy driving up a high street without busses and other traffic, you can visit other towns called #ghosttown
Be happy with our lot, stop expecting perfection; it doesn't exist
Until need week.............
Yeah it’s a Bank Holiday Weekend. I know, I know not all of you are fortunate enough to be off work, but for those who are, enjoy and make sure you pop into our local businesses.
Now, yes Weatherspoon’s have graced our town now for a few months and guess what; they’re not going anywhere, they here to stay, however, some of you have forgotten about our once used local pubs and café’s and they are starting to suffer; novelty period is over folks, don’t forget about them otherwise the only option will be, Weatherspoon’s! One company is down £7k in the last 2 months! We like choice, let’s keep it that way.
We look forward to adding Dotties Events and TiSecurity on as our new members this weekend.
There is also more to come over the next few months with working with the NHS, focus groups and campaigns in relation to the survey we posted on last week's blog about Antibiotics. They want to hear your views, so keep following us for more information; I;m hearing they're looking at yummy incentives for your time and views!
We’re nearly there with ShopAppy. www.shopappy.com we’re just waiting confirmation on our Collection Point to go ahead and sign up too. So far we have the following businesses on board
Pride and Produce
Angels and Butterflies
And we’re hoping Firths Butchers, Dumouchel and The Gin shack will soon pop on board as well as one of our Fruit and Veg companies. - more work needed
Imagine If you could pick up some local products and produce after work in one box! And if all goes well, you could possibly pick up a curry and bottle of wine too! happy days
Hurray it's the long weekend!
Wow I can't believe the early May bank holiday is here already! Seems like there's lots going on locally - what are your plans? Anyone going to the Lotherton Food & Drink Festival? It was a lot of fun last year. What about the Tour de Yorkshire? Or enjoying a day out at Temple Newsam?
I'd love to hear what people's plans are this weekend, especially kid-friendly activities.
As for us? We're going camping... in April... with an 8 month old... Wish us luck!
Until next week,
Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @mumingarforth
Lee and Louise our lovely Greengrocer is set to move into the old Co-op Travel within the next few months, glad he is staying and filling this long overdue empty shop and happy for him, it’s more financially viable as landlords always expect far too much in the way of rent and rates are always too high. Flowers by Chloe is one of our members and I look forward to seeing her new space when they move in. However, it also means there are talks as to whoever is going to take the current space, the rumours aren’t great IF what is being said is true, and I’m on it. However, until things are more confirmed rather than a probability I will keep schtum for now; there’s enough people out there gossiping and thinking its fine to do so!
Things on this weekend
Garforth Brass Band Coffee Morning and Table Top sale
We will be in the Welfare Hall on Main Street,. We are holding a coffee morning from 10am to 12 where the band will be playing and showcasing our beginners section.
There will be table top sales if you would like to hire a table to sell your goods a donation of £5 is payable
Come along, entry is free and who knows you may decide you would like to learn to play too or even take it up again after a break.
A warm welcome is waiting for you
For further information contact
Or ring Janet on 07960 294 968
Lotherton Hall Food Festival, let’s hope the weather is kinder this year
Saturday 29th April- Monday 1st May 2017
Lotherton Hall plays host to it's second food & drink festival. With an array of hot street food stall with food inspired from all over the world, a 30m marquee housing some of the best local producers and a whole host of speciality bars including Rudgate brewery, pimms & prosecco, gin, cocktails there will be something for everyone. Live music will feature throughout the weekend on our main stage as well as Man V Food competitions.
We will once again be offering a programme of FREE children's entertainment, Kiddy Cook cookery classes, funfair and bouncy castles. It's a great place to get together and socialise with friends and family so save the date and make a weekend of it!
Gaping Goose’ Car Boot Sale on Sunday, all places are fully booked, but opening time for visitors will be at 8am until 12pm
I hope you all have a really great weekend, this is what the weather is saying for this weekend
Share where you have been and if you've had a good experience in one of our local businesses, it;s important you tell your friends and family, word of mouth is key to helping our local businesses stay.
Welcome back the good Garfonian
I hope you had a lovely Easter Break? If you were able to get away, even better! To be fair though, the weather was pretty much on side and overall it was pretty decent for days out.
Have you eaten all your chocolate eggs yet? If you’re really quite good moderating the chocolate intake which means you still have plenty to gorge on, instead of melting them and making crispy cakes, try some of these ideas.
With the weather being more onside it has been really nice to see our lovely volunteers Garforth In Bloom out in force making Garforth look even prettier as we approach the summer months. Some areas are quite dangerous, Selby Road for instance where they're creating a rockery style garden on the edge of the Road, much better than trying to plant year on year. Soon we will also see a beautiful explosion of knitting all over the railings; look out for it. Lots of local people and groups are helping, if you follow the local Garforth WI page you would have seen them this week helping out on the knitting front. This explosion is the only type you will look forward to seeing.
We welcome Emma from Get Gorgeous this week as our new member. Emma is a ‘girl in training’ as a Mobile Beauty Therapist who is also offering Massage, she has some fabulous offers on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GetGorgeous13/?fref=ts Go and have a look and see when she can come to you for a spray tan in your home.
Read all about her here too . http://www.themaindeal.co.uk/make-me-beautiful.html
We will soon be welcoming Mel Hindley from Dotties Events. Some of you will know the lovely Mel, she was the previous owner of Sweetshakes. Mel is now concentrating on her new venture which she has been running alongside the shop nicely for the past year and she has some great reviews for working with some local venues, parties and weddings. Check out her page for all her venue styling and sweet car hire
Or her lovely website http://www.dottiesevents.co.uk
Don't Get annoyed, create a solution
Instead of writing, I thought I would video this bit.............
I have recently been contacted by a company called, Magpie who are working with the NHS to create a campaign, a very important one and here's there request to you, the people in our local community.
Currently we are trying to get views from local residents in Garforth about antibiotics.
Did you know that antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to human health and by 2050 antibiotic resistant super-bugs are predicted to be more fatal than cancer! This is due to overuse and inappropriate prescribing. Our campaign is aimed at raising awareness of these issues and ultimately changing behaviours within Leeds and the surrounding areas.
When looking for organisations with a strong community within Garforth, we came across your blog ‘The Main Deal’. It is essential that reputable organisations within Garforth be involved in this project, as we aim to collect community insight on antibiotics, to make a positive change within the community.
If you are interested in supporting this community project, we would really appreciate if you shared our online survey on your social media channels, helping us to collect initial information regarding the current behaviours and beliefs in Garforth: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XLKQN5Q (copy and paste this link)
I had a lovely evening on Wednesday, with the ladies of Buttercrumble and their, 'Wearable Histories' launch which took place at Just Grand, Vintage Tearoom in Leeds, this place is beautiful and fun as was the night, sharing in the launch of Abergail and Chloe's scarf range, 100% silk and illustration prints just by them, this is a special gift for you or someone you love. Their illustrations are clever and a real talking point. Take a look at their online shop to see more of what they do http://www.buttercrumble.com/shop I like the Red Lipstick one
Buttercrumble reside here in Garforth and are working closely with the Community Feastival team to bring you something fabulous as part of the run up to and on, the 15th July - you will need to keep your eyes peeled
Just Grand vintage Tearoom is an independent business in Leeds and it's a place I think, when in town I will visit more often. They had a singer who's voice was so sweet and pure, singing numbers from the 40's - It's my kind of heaven; and they have a drinks license! They open late when their is a performance on at, The Grand Theatre and offer 2 for 1 on Prosecco, Sherry and Wine! With homemade cakes, this really takes you back to a time when everything seemed sweet; a real find
DIY with baby
Hope everyone had a lovely break over Easter! We did it, we jumped on the DIY bandwagon last weekend.
Not that DIY is a new thing in our house - since we moved in three years ago we have been in a constant state of construction. Our house was a repossession and everything needed doing. We're doing it mostly ourselves so it's been a slow process. Throw in having a baby and work ground to a halt for almost a year.
Nothing like a soon-to-be crawling baby to kickstart the work around the house again! For us, baby proofing is more than just buying baby gates, we have to finish our floors as well! I spent the weekend caulking and painting skirting boards. Have to say, it was a nice feeling to get something accomplished that wasn't directly related to little T.
Next is the kitchen floor - this time we're getting David from DMC Tiling in to do the job. I'm looking forward to That magical day when everything is finished. Someday...
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Events coming up this weekend are in aid of Fire Fighters and our local dance school, Caroline Atha School of Dance for their fundraising for when their senior troop go to NYC in October to dance on Broadway. I hear there a few places left if you have a car load!
Also tomorrow evening, Saturday 22nd, Go and support Garforth Villa Family fundraising event at the Working Men's Club on Barley Hill Road #racenight
Keep following our events page on Facebook, so you don't miss out, we have some great things coming up over the course of the year
As the land were Lidl are developing sits still for a minute, the rumours flow in
'The Pub has pulled out' 'Have Lidl sacked their contractors' 'Lidl have ran out of money' and it goes on
There is no truth in any of these, I know in planning their are still some outstanding things and they may be waiting on these to go through, Mark Dobson I believe has enquired to the people 'in the know' as to why it's all gone quiet! When I hear, I will let you know
Until next week..................................... Be Kind
Ok 2017, slow down a little. School holidays for most, and I’m glad of this 2 weeks off and time to spend with the #Thomboys especially as the eldest is in year 6 and working really hard with the continuous regime of tests for Reading, Maths and English in order, like in his mocks, he passes. The strain on him is awful, as is the worry; and we are NOT pushy or pressing parents. I think the pressure on children and teachers is immense, god help those schools who have no parental support, it must be so hard.
So, i'm very much looking forward for us all to be taking some time out and doing some fun things, some local as well as travelling further afield such as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and maybe The Yorkshire Wildlife Park, let’s hope the weather is on side; it's a good job we have plenty of museums on hand if rain decides to show it’s wet face. - see last weeks blog for links to all things Half Term
It’s been a really busy few weeks, lots going on from decorating the house, organising builders, to supporting the Garforth Community Feastival, working with local businesses, new members, sorting out Easter whilst kids are in school, along with Easter school activities. Luckily there is always time for me in there somewhere. After looking back at some of my Facebook live video’s I realised my eyebrows really needed some attention, so I had them properly shaped this week by the lovely
Chloe Yeatman, https://www.facebook.com/ChloeYeatmanMakeUpArtist/?fref=ts
Who else has the Thom family used this week?
Hair by Lynsey
Chloe Yeatman Make Up Artist
CA Hair Design
Pease of Garforth
Chris’ Fruit and Veg
Garforth Garden Centre
It’s easy to use local, just see what’s on offer and then use them; they'll love you for it
Touching on the Garforth Feastival, there are a fair few great people in the background pulling together to bring Garforth it's first ever food feast, which is it's main premise. A fair few business are involved including local people from our community, who want to see this project really take off and leave it with a continuing legacy to do more great things - so put it in your diary NOW
Saturday 15th July 2017
Follow the Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up to date with how it's all progressing and what's coming up.
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This is our temporary branding, something fabulous will be coming soon from Buttercrumble, our great local designers and illustrators.
Back in the saddle (literally)
Hope all the Mums out there had a lovely Mothers Day last weekend! For mine, I was surprised with a horseback ride at Garforth Riding School (https://garforthstables.wordpress.com/) on
Nanny Goat Lane. I loved horses growing up - as a young girl I took riding lessons, but haven't been on a horse in about 20 years. So it was a really sweet and a thoughtful surprise.
Graham at Garforth Riding School was great - we had a nice steady ride through some local bridleways. It was a beautiful sunny day and really peaceful away from the roads and traffic. If you're interested in going riding, I recommend giving them a call.
The best part out of the whole afternoon, was forgetting about everything else except being outside, enjoying the ride. I love being a Mum, but it was nice not feeling like a Mum for a little while. For once, it was nice to be... just me.
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This weekend Pride and Produce celebrate a year in business; where has the time gone? Look what they have achieved on our Street in this short time. They have expanded in produce and menu choice, they have brought a night time vibe, which is also about to expand as well as holding lots of activities in house such as being part of the Dementia Friendly Group and weekly craft sessions.
One of the many great things why Pride and Produce do well, is they listen to you, the community and try and tick the boxes you want ticking, and they have done this many times over.
Celebrate with them this weekend, both day and night – watch out for the fab creations by www.funkymuppet.co.uk too
From today through to Sunday, help join in their 1st Birthday celebrations. they have some samples, and giveaways and a chance to meet the maker too and gin on Sunday I believe with Rebecca from The Gin Shack as well as Quirky Ales on offer throughout their birthday weekend with their Temporary Events license
Celebrating the Good of Garforth with great local produce and people
Don’t forget to book onto their evening Bistro nights too, best to book
And a little gossip – Their upstairs will be available from next Saturday – more seating, more on offer, more availability in the day and in the evening.
Shine tanning salon also celebrate their 4th Birthday this weekend, and they have some fabulous offers too. Don’t miss out on their spectacular event.
Happy Birthday Sandy, fabulous to see one of our local indie businesses celebrating 4 years!
By the way, the fabulous decorator I use is Ryan Dennis Decorator - @RDDecor on Twitter and you will also find him outside Absolutely Fabulous on Saturday 8th April helping them to start their re-brand by making it look all lovely outside, #paintjob
This will be our last blog for the next 2 weeks. I will be back on Friday 21st April
Until then...... have a great few weeks
If you lucky enough to be a Mum, enjoy your day, whatever your kids make you, love them and take pictures, it's always a good idea to keep a library of everything they make on your camera; just in case you lose it or the loft takes it or the recycling man needs more good cardboard! #harsh
I know I will be in bed for as long as I possibly can, one of my favourite places to be, alone! Even if we are going to lose an hour! #daylightsavings Typical that it lands on Mothers Day
Have a nice day and remember, if you have a Mum or Wife you're buying for, buy it locally
Flowers at Chris' Fruit and Veg or Flowers by Chloe in The Greengrocers have some beautiful boxes and bouquets
Our Beauticians have some fabulous offers and packages; some come with afternoon tea and can be used any time.
The Gin Shack have some fabulous choices on many gins - be her friend for a year
Dumouchel have a great choice of chocolates and they truly are to die for
Pride and Produce and Cielo are open on Sunday and have a few little surprises for the Mums.
La Bella Vita is also open from 12.00 0113 287 2244 - book in
We welcome Willow Park Farm and The Smile Cupboard, smile booth to our members list this week. You can search from them using our magnifying class at the top right of this page.
Willow Park Farm as mentioned in earlier blogs, WPF are now finally on board and have a fantastic farm shop with great offers on meat, pies, eggs and much more, and you couldn't get it any fresher, as it's from Farm to shop. Open 7 days a week.
The Smile Cupboard is a fun company, who have a fabulous portable photo booth you can hire for weddings and parties and corporate events, or perhaps opening evenings The Smile Cupboard’ can be transported anywhere around the UK. Complete with an array of amusing props, instant print outs of your mug shot and a smiley faced trained attendant, The Smile Cupboard provides hours of entertainment.
A great Open evening at Gymophobics on Monday, a lovely space and a lot of effort gone into this business, which I think will be great for Garforth #ladiesonly
Go on up the stairs and and meet Adele and the team. 32a Main Street, just at the side of The Greengrocers
If you missed the evening, here is Adele and Craig, the owners lovely little speech captured on video.
Happy Mother's Day!
This is a special one for me - my first as a Mum. They say being a Mum is the hardest but most rewarding job in the world. Seven months in, I've come to appreciate how true this is. Cliche but true.
The responsibility of looking after another human before yourself, the sleepless nights, endless laundry, and never really having a proper break - it's tough. But watching my little boy see the world through new eyes, learning and taking everything in for the first time - it's pretty amazing. Seeing the goofy smile of my little Yorkshireman and hearing his giggles make it worth the while, and then some.
It's a tough job but the best job. So, to all you amazing mums out there, have a wonderful Mother's Day.
Now I've got my wellies on, ready for my Mother's Day surprise from my boys! Until next week...
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Welcome RK Harris Fruiterers to Main Street, A lot if with opinions!
As I mentioned on Facebook this week Yes, we have a new Veg shop opening and I can see why people are questioning; 'What, another veg shop, when we have two already?' Everybody questions a duplication of business and of course, I'm concerned for our other offerings, but hopefully with approximately 20,000 people in Garforth alone and 76,000 on the periphery, there is room for harmony. It's the way people question things is what I don't understand.
Do we know what they're selling? Do we know what prices they are going to be? Do we need to give new businesses a hard time when they arrive on our high street? NO
For all those with an opinion!
Did you help or speak to the landlord about what you would like to see or have any influence in helping what could take over it?
We did have Ladycares, a unique independent shop, but you didn't use it enough, so..... it had to close!
The bigger picture is, the shop is now filled, and the people coming are independent and giving local people jobs !
It gives us choice and if it brings more people in to shop on the high street because there's another price choice, then we shouldn't really complain.
I shop at Chris' Fruit & Veg and at The Greengrocer for everything fresh, all of the time and have done for years; and I'll probably shop at RK Harris too. If it means I spend less time and money in a supermarket.... great!
Have you thought about getting in touch with RK Harris and asking them to bring in things that aren't on offer anywhere else?
We currently have 2 empty shops, one has been empty for a long time, who's up for volunteering to get this filled? MOGS?
Saving Parlington will be back on Main Street tomorrow morning, giving you one last chance to out in your objections, should you wish to. Deadline is Monday 27th March. Objections
Hearing a new owner will be taking over the unit that currently houses Sweetshakes, no news on what's happening after the take over; only rumours
As you have will have seen this week, Absolutely Fabulous have been having a closing day sale, but don’t worry, all is not as it seems, they are selling off some fabulous products but they’re not going anywhere. You will soon seen their new brand and the launch of their new shop, so keep following and I will be posting all the information about it as soon as it comes in. Good News stories, we like them.
As Mentioned in a previous blog some weeks ago, I have been looking at ShopAppy coming to Garforth and have had a few lovely meetings with its founder Jackie Mulligan. I have now invited Jackie back to Garforth so she can come and do a presentation to you and our local traders, shop keepers, so come along to find out more. On Wednesday 12th April at 5.30pm at Pride and Produce, who will also have their counter open in order you can still buy refreshments.
Here is the Facebook event link https://www.facebook.com/events/823341117818330/
Easter Holidays coming up
Things to do over the school holidays - copy and paste the links -
According to planning, an application has been put in for a change of use, from Emsley's Solicitors to a dental surgery. It looks like they the current dental practice above Reed Rains and they're just moving along to give them more space and a lot more surgery #lotsofteeth
Until Next week........
Which will be our last for 2 weeks, school holidays are calling, but we'll be back 21st April
Happy St Patrick's Day
What do you do.... actually, If you're a true Irish person, you're not reading this as you're already on the Guinness, have a great day celebrating the good things.
As well as St Patricks Day, it’s also World Sleep Day – now this is my kind of day! I could easily be sponsored to do this… now the question is, do I continue to write the blog or go to sleep? Zzzzz
#MOG (Moaners Of Garforth)
I see people have been complaining on social media, this week, as they do! Love that people can say what they like behind blue light yet if they were asked to stand up on a stage in front a load of strangers would they truly say how they feel?
Most of the information or annoyances as and will always be about the negatives living in Garforth; to be fair I don't come across many! I find this very frustrating, where do people think we live? In a gated community in the middle of Johannesburg ? Hey, stuff goes on, some we like, some we don’t but if we keep shouting about some of the rubbish things that happen then seem worse because everybody is shouting and sharing about it STOP AND THINK. Just imagine if more people shouted about the really good things that go on in Garforth and how good the place we live really is!
To give you some of the great things we need to shout about MORE
We have a fair amount of green space to play (yes, more would be nice)
We have 3 fairly new parks
We have a skate park
We have a healthy high street
We have so many volunteering groups that make living in Garforth easier and creating a pleasant place to be, such as;
Garforth in Bloom,
Garforth Neighbourhood Planning Forum,
Garforth Flood Group
Garforth & District Lions Club
Great local Churches doing great things
We have a great police community that keeps us up to date with what’s going on, so we can all be more vigilant and aware of the idiots!
And If you don’t fully know what our local businesses are offering, or you have a perception about what you think we don't have, then you’re not following The Main Deal enough : )
Get championing our town and not dissing it; where does negativity get anyone?
SAVE PARLINGTON has been prevalent on social media and on Main Street last Saturday. The steering group for this have to be patted on the back for such steely determination and for telling us, the local community all about it and the impact it will have on Garforth should it go ahead. You have up until the 27th March to object
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CINEMA SHOUT OUT...
Have you booked in for this Saturdays ‘Song of the Sea’ with Garforth Film?. This is run by a local person who really wants to make this community come together through film, but like anything, it needs our support. The Thomboys and my Mum are going. it's only cost me £10 and they put on refreshments, including fabulous cakes to buy; and popcorn , and it local at St Benedict's Church Hall from 2pm
Currently there are only 6 family tickets left (cheaper together)
and then 4 adult and 11 children tickets left
Support the good of Garforth and purchase your tickets today.
No Blog from our lovely #MIG this week, back next week, but you can always follow Christine (great name) on her social Media Posts under
Next Sunday is Mothers Day and Garforth have it covered
Keep following on here or our social media pages for all the packages, offers and deals being offered, just for your Mum
Chocolate, Gin, Flowers, Hair & Beauty, Lunch or Dinner..... You can buy it locally
More events been added this week
Copy and paste the link into facebook for all 39 of them
Don't miss out on all the great local things going on from
2 Car Boot Sales, Gin evenings, 1st birthday celebrations, music gigs, cheese and wine evening, Gifts and Food, First Aid Courses, Accounts workshops, Choir singing, Library activities, Special Food Events, Grand National events, A Mad Hatters Tea Party , Charity Football match....
Tomorrow at The Welfare Hall with Garforth Neighbourhood Planning Forum
Monday 20th - Gymophobics launches - go along from 7pm
Katy Marchant our local Olympic Bronze medallist will also be there
REad here http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/east-leeds-gym-is-on-track-for-launch-with-help-from-cyclist-katy-1-8439243
For further information, visit the www.gymophobics.co.uk website or ring 0113 345 1919
If you don't open your eyes to what's on our doorstep, you may be missing out
Until next week..............
With hubby away in Warsaw and my days filled to the brim as well as juggling kids and general things, it’s been a fun week! Put it this way, the wine bottle usually gets opened on Friday Eve; that’s Thursday evening to the people that don’t celebrate it! It was open this week on Tuesday.... I'm looking forward to the weekend
What do you suggest?
I asked on a post yesterday. If we could fill the few empty shops on Main Street with Retail shops, what would you choose? Lots of information came back about what people would like to see. A whole host of ideas of shops, some we have already had, but as nobody shopped in them, they disappeared. Like the suggested pet shop we once had but now people want one back!
Anyhoo… I feel in today’s world of everything, far too expensive to survive and something that’s not going to change no matter how much we cry about it..... and breathe and how much Landlords are charging and how much of a joke the government think it’s ok to charge what they charge in rates... and breathe, the best idea going forward is to create combination shops, and if more people came and used the dual shop then rents and rates wouldn't be such a big deal
A Vintage Shoe shop with a vintage tea room
A pet shop that hosts a vet
Children’s Clothes shop with a corner for weekly kid’s activities and learning
From the input from yesterday’s post, my suggestions are;
Our current DIY shop to have more of a selection of Decorating materials such as wallpaper, perhaps with demonstrations where local traders could come in and show how it’s done! Painting, plastering, they could even use this platform to do local advertising my showing their work!
HOW TO FIX idea, things rather than chuck away. This could be good for our older traders that are now retired and could give some help again! - could this work in one of our existing shops or library?
People have mentioned Boots or a Superdrug, Boots is an unlikely shop that would fit into the empty shops we have, but FYI – Lloyds Chemist on Main Street, may be small but they have a great selection of Makeup, Perfume, Essentials and innovative goods as well as prescriptions, medicines and remedies. I got a few gifts from their last year!. However, Ladycares did offer more!
Thanks to all those of you who have supported me so much over the last few months, well and always do. This week, I attended this year’s Inspirational Women of the Community Awards at Victoria Hall in Leeds Town Hall on International Women’s Day and what a day it was. I didn’t come away with a gold owl award; but myself and Pam Dolan (my lovely guest on the day) did have an idea that if she distracted the Awards minder, I could punch the security guy in the neck and we could run away with one… forever the Scouser!
However I kept professional and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Listening to some amazing and inspirational stories and how some women have gone from nothing to creating something absolutely wonderful in their community, despite lots of adversity and some serious personal issues.
I CAN’T COMPLAIN…..
This is the third nomination I have received in 2017, to be recognised and nominated is a really big thing for me, so thank you. I now have a lovely framed certificate. Fingers crossed for the Yorkshire Choice Awards on 1st April.
On International Women's Day, it's also amazing what you learn about the women population in your city.
#MIG(Mum in Garforth)
Love Trees, Save Parlington
Hubby and I took little T on a long walk in his new backpack the other day. The beginning of our journey took us through Parlington Woods on our way from Garforth to Aberford.
Although the weather was a little bleak, it was still nice to walk through the woods, listening to the wind through the trees and the birds up above.
If you live in the area you will no doubt have seen the signs, 'Save Parlington, say NO to 5000 new homes'; unfortunately, a section of the woods is earmarked for development. I'm no expert on urban planning, and I recognise the need for new homes in the area - but surely there are better sites for this, which would mean the destruction of a green belt area.
If you feel the same way, there is still a chance to voice your concerns. You can sign and submit an objection letter, available locally at Cielo, Sweet Shakes, Bella Rose Beauty, and Freshly Made. Also, this Saturday 11th March the Save Parlington Action Group will be with Councillors Mark Dobson and Sarah Jane Field from 9am until 1pm on Main St (by Co-op) - pop by for a chat and an objection letter.
Deadline for letters is 27th March!
Having grown up in Canada surrounded by trees and nature, it's important to me that my children will as well. I will be submitting an objection letter.
You can keep up to date with what's happening by joining the Save Parlington Facebook group or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @mumingarforth.
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Find out what impact development at Parlington will have on GARFORTH residents. Save Parlington Action Group will be with Councillors Mark Dobson and Sarah Jane Field from 9am until 1pm on Main St (by Co-op) This Saturday 11 March. Come along and see us for a chat and an objection letter.
#WOTS (Word on the Street)
Garforth in Bloom are back out digging again, thank you. It’s lovely to see all the daffodils coming up around Garforth and in some new plots too. You can help on any of the BIG DIGS they have planned. http://www.garforthinbloom.org.uk/ you can also find out what they have been up to over the winter months and what's happening now we're coming into spring.
Noticed that the area in front of the wall of East Garforth Train station has been cleared, doesn't it looks much nicer! Wouldn't it be nice to have a woodland theme painted on the wall ? Greenery every time of the year.
OK, it's an obvious big thing this week. Wetherspoons finally opens and nope, not been in yet, I will pop in when the madness dies down.
But Shock, Horror!
Who hasn’t been able to park? Even the Car Park on Barley Hill has been full!
Who’s seen some new faces around Garforth?
Who complained about the toilets being upstairs (really!)
Who had to share the information on social media that the Disabled loo (downstairs) was leaking! (come on)
A lot of buzz about the place, let's just hope are other food outlets can survive the #noveltyperiod Don't forget them people.
Now you have been for your pub fayre and a pint…. Go on, get shopping, although someone pointed out on social media. ‘I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have a mooch round some nice shops after we come out of Wetherspoon’s’ YES…. Open the blinkers and get on with it; I know it might mean you have to walk up and down main street, but it will help burn off lunch!
Wouldn't these be great on the new virgin boxes currently being installed around Garforth?
Open your eyes and see what I see #shoplocal
Until next week..............
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 18 years ago; you may have seen me around ?