Ok, who stole July and the weather? Is it always the case that the first week of summer holidays it rains? As parents, the things you have to do on rainy days is endless, I have a whole list. You have to be weather prepared as a British mum or grandparent. It’s always fun juggling work and 2 boys who don’t every want to keep still for too long.
However, as we enter August, the weather looks more favourable #fingercrossed
What a fabulous evening had by 30 local people last night at Pride and Produce. Cheese and Wine night; move over 1970’s, Pride and Produce have just brought this back to the 21st Century.
We had – 6 different cheeses, 6 different wines, accompanied by local breads, grapes, quince, apple Chutney, local biscuits, herby tomatoes, figs and; a glass of water - it was very warm last night!
All of the cheeses were brought to us by the wonderful Cryer & Stott, a local Yorkshire and independent company. The Brie was Yorkshire made and the Rhubarb cheese was to die for. Gary, and Sarah, owners of Pride and Produce were the perfect hosts as was the lovely Sam along with Tim from Premier Cru, in Baildon, Tim was the evenings wine expert.
Gary told us so much about every cheese paired with each wine and the history of how it all started and where today we can buy it. It was a very informative and a fabulous sociable evening; I may book on to their next Cheese event, Homage to Fromage in the coming months. Just a little inside info… as they now have a license, do you know you can pop in on a Friday and Saturday between 4-6 for a quick gin or two; or a beer…. Drink locally
Book online and get great offers using their new APP
And local I go, some more…….
I’m looking forward to tomorrow night’s event with, Three Sisters Supper Club held in Cielo - #DATENIGHT and more eating! Three Sisters, hold this fabulous event every 3 months, we have been to a few before and they are wonderful, great food, great venue, great company. The thing I love about it the most, there's no pressure to leave. Arrive at 7.30pm and leave when it closes, as no-one else is taking your seat as you have paid in advance for your ticket – See, we have some fabulous things locally. Follow Adam and his team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – Three Sisters Supper Club so you don’t miss out on the next one
No (MIG) Mother in Garforth this week - Holidays are calling
Follow our events page on Facebook, lots of information about the two local beer festivals, one with Garforth Lions and one with The Gaping Goose, both are very successful and great local events.
The Gin Shack are hosting events through the rest of this year, one on the 20th August and just today out up their event to celebrate Quirky's first birthday which will take place on the 27th August
East Garforth Primary Academy are hosting a mini breeze event on Monday
Lotherton Hall will be holding some exciting things to do and things to buy on Tuesday, Yorkshire Day, They include The Gin shack and Garforth Library’s Knit and Natter Group selling their fabulous wares.
Re-visit last week’s blog to find out what’s going on over the summer holidays; when the weather is on side. – There is lots going on in the Library as well as their summer reading challenge
I believe the contractors are now back on site and things should get moving.
Yes there is an application in for a new Physio to come onto Fairburn Drive; yes, one of our shops is having to close!
Short and sweet this week, but hopefully still informative
Until September – enjoy the holidays (when it’s not raining)
This week I've done a Vlog, click on button to see and hear
Ironic that I seem to also be talking about it.... again!
Things going on over the summer holidays
Breeze events www.breezeleeds.org
Dates Breeze on Tour 2017 12 noon - 5pm:2nd & 3rd August - Cross Flatts Park, Beeston
9th & 10th August - Temple Newsam
16th & 17th August - Armley Park, Armley
Mini Breeze 2017 all 1pm - 5pm:Dates across Leeds as follows:
Hunslet Boys & Girls Club Gala, 22 July
Bramley Park, 27 July
Scatcherd Park, 28 July
East Garforth Primary Academy, 31 July
Springhead Park, 4 August
Wortley Rec, 5 August
Alexandra Park, Burley 7 August
Abbey Road Playing Fields, Kirkstall, 11 August
Yeadon Tarn, 12 August
Gildersome Sports Club Grounds, 14 August
Pudsey Queens Park , 15 August
Blackgates School, 18 August
Hainsworth Park, 21 August
Holbeck Moor, 22 August
Armley Jailey Fields (Oak Road Rec), Armley, 23 August
Tinshill Top, 24 August
Hunslet Pepper Road (Bite Size Breeze - a smaller event than Mini Breeze), 25 August
Lots to attend - If you have a breeze card, these events are free, you can obtain a card at any of these events.
I believe, 'Shake it Up' also have something on every day during the summer holidays
I might do some of these little treasures myself with the #thomboys
#MiG (Mum in Garforth)
Bike routes needed!
After 11 months I feel pretty much back to my pre-pregnancy self (or as close as I'm going to get) so in a moment of confidence I said 'yes' when my hubby asked if I wanted to sign up for the Galloway Gallop - a 43 mile bike event early October.
How often have I been in my bike since signing up? Once. I'm hoping that since I can start leaving my little man with grandparents now since he's almost fully weaned I'll be able to get out more often.
I need route ideas though! If anyone can suggest good routes starting and finishing in Garforth, off busy roads (I have a mountain bike so trails are fine) I'm all ears - I need to start clocking some miles!
Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @mumingarforth or email me at email@example.com.
Until next week,
Teach your children how important it is to shop local, it's up to us to show the next generation why it is important to look after the place they call home
Until next week.......
Last Blog next week for the Summer Holidays
A shorter blog this week, due to the very hectic week organising this little thing.....................
It’s the weekend of the Garforth Community Feastival.
I hope there are no showers!!, The people are ready, the food is being prepared, the musicians and singers are warming up and we're ready to go.
Come and make shopping on main street more of an experience.
Please note the Road will not be closed, so be careful where you stand and walk,
There will be plenty of us in Feastival T Shirts - so watch out for us, we can't be missed
Comment using the #garfeast and let us know where you are, what you are up to and what you are enjoying
ITINERARY FOR THE DAY
From 8.30am in the morning, Freshly Made Cafe on Aberford Road, will have a special Feastival Breakfast you can order and pick up or stay in for - just call 0113 287 3896
From 10.00am Crafts including Sand Art from
Angels and Butterflies
Stalls on Main Street http://www.garforthfeastival.co.uk/#whosinvolved) and Music (outside Dorothy Anne's)
Will be serving Strawberrys and Cream and serving Freshly Squeezed Orange juice all day
10:00-10:30am - Lynette
11.00 Story Telling by Leeds Library
3.00 – 3.30pm Rich and Rich
11.00am Bake off Competition
(All cakes to be in by this time)
11.15-11.30am – Judging
2.00pm – Detective Training
Pride & Produce
10.00 – 10.30am Molly
12.30 – 1.00pm Rich and Rich
From 7.00pm Maria Strudwick - a few spaces left
The Station House Cafe/Bistro Garforth
10.00 - 10.30am Rich and Rich
12.30 - 1.00pm Lynette Griffiths
1.00pm Story Time by Leeds Library
3.00 – 3.30pm Molly
6.30pm - Bistro evening with entertainment - Fully Booked
www.garforthfeastival.co.uk/about tells you more and it includes our lovely map that shows you which café’s are involved
We will be welcoming Garforth Dental as a new member in the next week, 2 dentists called John have taken over the practice from what used to be Mr Wolstenholme, and boy do they have some great plans to bring to Garforth with new and fresh ideas. Keep following them http://www.garforthdental.com/ On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
WHERE WE CHOOSE
We choose where we shop and we choose how we shop,
I like to think of myself as conscientious shopper; it’s a good thing, because I get the groceries I want and it makes me feel good knowing I’ve supported a local business. Like most people I get a supermarket delivery, but only for the things I can’t buy locally.
All my Fruit, veg, meat, flowers & plants, artisan bread, Cakes and cheeses, are bought locally. When I shop at a supermarket, I tend to look at what’s Yorkshire or closer to home, so for everyday bread I buy Jacksons (Yorkshire) bread, Yorkshire Tea, Taylors of Harrogate Coffee (as well as Cielo of Course)
Down to choice - this week I have learnt some very sad news about one of our long standing businesses, this information I will share with you very soon, but suffice to say, it was a very teary day in a lovely shop yesterday - USE THEM OR LOOSE THEM
NO MIG this week, back next week.... busy times with little people
Redrow Homes have an amended planning application in, you can see on the public access page
Create button https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/
And you can make your comments up until the 25th July – from what I can see the changes to plans have been the additional homes from 238 to 241 - I mean 3 extra homes could be another million pounds! Will it mean profits from these extra homes could be for the provisions needed for roads and schools!!!
30 Main Street - New shop front for Cooplands Bakers – we will have a nice looking parade
I hear there is a timber company moving into the old Strikes Garden centre – not sure if this is just hoping to be a warehouse or somewhere public will be able to buy timber yet? #waitandsee
Until next week..................
Hold your loved ones closer, every day - RIP Liz Shaw
Like we ever need a special day to eat it! Go on, be off with you, eat some chocolate today - it says so
A mixed week at TMD HQ this week, but as usual it’s always busy...It was nice to receive my eldest #thomboys SATS results this week, proving that all his hard work and determination paid off. Not looking forward to the youngest #thomboy coming up to year 6, hoping the pressure is off by the time he does them!
I'm ready for the summer break... you? Well we know the teachers are #hatsoff to all our teachers
Looking forward to Social Media training with Garforth Dental next week and The lovely team at The Smile Cupboard. This training session not only helps members, how to use social media but how it works and how best to use it. It’s about the understanding and using it in ways they may not have thought about, you will be surprised how many people use Twitter or Facebook but don’t actually fully understand it from a business perspective. It’s only when you’re shown do you understand; like most things in life!
We will also a new member next week, www.facebook.com/homewardhoundslodgesandwalks - check out this new dog walking service being offered locally
I believe last week’s TAKETHAT Live concert at The Welfare Hall was fantastic, a full house and lots of dancing and a few glasses of vino – I saw a video! As mentioned last week, TAKETHATLIVE will be back with other ideas later in the year.
I always think it's great that we can do these things in Garforth, we can have night out and enjoy local, we now have more on offer than ever before and I don't need to tell you, but when our local businesses put on good things and you go, the more they will do, bringing more and perhaps even bigger and better each time - remember, you shape our town.
Great to hear Garforth on Radio Leeds this week talking to a few familiar voices in Garforth including our lovely Carol from Garforth in Bloom about our wonderful YARNBOMBING up Selby Road. If you want to see it all properly, go and park in the Gaping Goose, stop in for a glass or two and then take a walk down to look at all the yarn bombing that took local volunteers an age to put all together - it's truly fabulous
Nice to have seen tweets and pictures of, Prince Harry in Leeds this week raising awareness for Mental Health – i love a royal, but love our young new generation, Royals they seem to be changing how things are done, moving with the times. #goharry for raising such an important matter which needs to matter to people that don't understand.
#MIG (mother in Garforth)
Childminding in Garforth
I’m not going back to work yet, but as first birthdays in our playgroup are fast approaching, many other mums I’ve met are getting ready to return to work. Which means I get to hear from them the joys and challenges of sorting out childcare – hurrah!
If you’re looking for a childminder in Garforth, check out Little Bunnies Childminding – my lovely friend Sam is in the process of registering with Ofsted and is on track to open her doors in September in time for the school year. She’s a qualified midwife, is fantastic with kids (just ask my little man, he’ll tell you), and is one of the kindest people I know. Interested? Check out her Facebook page and get in touch with her if you have any questions.
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Until next week,
Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
#WOTS ( haven't had this in for a while - word on the street)
Lidl – A few weeks pass and then people question as to whether Lidl is ever coming – Mark Dobson spoke to them last week and they’re pushing to get Caddick Developers on site asap
Nice to hear the release of information about the company, Odeon being the cinema coming to Thorpe Park, it will be a 10 screen cinema promising the latest in new technology and a fantastic experience! Development of the cinema and leisure complex has started this week, due to open Autumn 2018. Just wondering what they mean when they mention a further 5 high street leisure operators are also close to securing space at Thorpe Park’ I wonder who these will be, with it being leisure? I expect evenings and weekends we will see our younger generation heading off this way and it will be great for families to have somewhere closer to go for leisure facilities. I can just see it now though! Mums and Dad’s being Taxi services from Garforth to Colton – Mmmm, maybe this could be an idea one of our taxi companies could run!!
There is news of a consultation meeting regarding a proposed new crematorium to be developed at the back of Garforth Golf Range, so if you are interested hearing more, please do attend
Proposed Crematorium Consultation Event
· Hosted by Barwick-in-Elmet and Scholes Parish Council
This event is not been organised by Barwick and Scholes Parish Council. We are only making the public aware.
Whats on this weekend?
It's #GINFRIDAY at Quirky Ales - first Friday of every month
Garforth Arts Feastival is nearly there with 1 week to go…. We held a meeting this week in the library to finalise a few details and discuss what else is needed to do, off the list.
All is looking good and tickets are nearly sold out for the LaterLIve event at Quirky’s. Pride and Produce are also sold out for their evening event but you can still book tables at Station House Café - book in to avoid disappointment 0113 286 6322 and also La Bella Vita 0113 287 2244
Keep following the Facebook, Twitter page and website www.garforthfeastival.co.uk to keep updated with the last week and the countdown to next Saturday #prayforgoodweather
Right, I'm off this afternoon to GLPA’s Summer Fayre; how does the come round so quickly?
Until Next week.........................................
Please note - THERE WILL BE NO BLOG DURING AUGUST
I hope your week has been a good one, despite the rain? But hey, the rain has been and now we can concentrate on summer, right?! The weather forecast looks good for the weekend
I have written to Virgin Media this week, as I expect a lot of you have been in contact with them yourself recently! From nails in tyres to a bottle of wee left on the Road! I’m all for new technology, let’s expand what we have, better broadband, television, faster and quicker connection options. However I don’t know if many people would have said yes if they knew that when the contractors had left, they would be left with pavements looking like a child has run up and down with a tar brush in its hand!
But I'm being realistic, as it's not going to matter about the amount of complaints or will there be any funds to make all the pavements look neater, better, smooth again! Don’t get me wrong I’m not looking for perfection, pavements will be dug up all of the time, but you can all agree they have left Garforth pavements in a right mess, the #thomboys have said, it looks like a giant land snail has been going round looking for a mate! I wonder if Richard Branson would like a path similar around his island ; )
Here is the email I sent to Virgin Media following the lovely response I received from Andrew Courcey, the email will outline what was said in his response to my thought/request as to how they could possibly give back to the Garforth Community somehow, which is following on my idea some months ago which I mentioned about transforming the MANY electrical boxes that have been installed!
Good afternoon, Andrew
Thank you for your quick response.
I also thank you for the lovely flower bed you have sponsored on Selby Road whilst the works have been on going.
However, most of the residents won't see or know about it, they will only see and know about the mess the area has been left in; outside their own home. I appreciate you are addressing issues, but when the contractors have left, it is then, if not before you will receive a lot more complaints.
Please see attached pictures of my walk to school, I only use 2 roads, but this shows you on average what most of the pavements are like. These are just an example of how they have been left, which as VM stipulated on Twitter to me ' We should make sure things are left as they were' The pictures show they don't really fall under these measures, even the writing hasn't come off after all this rain! ( I sent 4 pictures)
Being in the Job I am, I'm all for new technology and making our connections better, however if Virgin Media are wanting people to connect when its ready to go live, I’m thinking more than a flower bed is needed to keep potential new customers on side!
My suggestion of the electric boxes being themed with Garforth in Bloom was just an idea, it could be connected to them; a flower theme perhaps, was my thinking, however I'm open to other suggestions on how we could get the community involved in getting these boxes commissioned, perhaps using a local artist to work on the theme of garforth mining perhaps? These are just ideas I think VM should consider more.
A lot of the local residents are asking 'Why VM, I didn't ask for it?' now I know the reason as to why new lines are being laid, but if you could be so kind as to give me a little description of the reason for the VM coming to Garforth, I could share this widely using my resources.
I look forward to hearing more about us taking further action and leaving Garforth happier when FNS have left.
I will await their response…….
As mentioned in my blog a few weeks ago, the nice guy at Highways in LCC has emailed me back about Church Lane. This was my response! GOD LOVES A TRIER, right?
Good afternoon, Nick
Thank you for your email by return, I really do appreciate it.
Reading through, I'm gathering the residents on Church Lane are the people that are opposing any possible changes? If this is the case, I suspect this is no surprise, as it would mean they would have to park elsewhere! However, if you were to ask the 'other' majority of Garforth, which will run into their thousands including the local traders, I am confident you would get a very different answer.
Off the top of my head, there are approximately 35 houses along the 'problem area' of Church Lane, and having objected with many on a few plans myself in the past, and nothing was ever noted, I am surprised this can't be overruled if it means a major issue needs to be resolved? It's not just a case of frustratingly waiting, as you would have seen on the video, it's an accident waiting to happen; if not a serious road rage incident. It's the one major route into town which, as you know is also a major bus route; you should see it when two busses try to get down!
Is this purely a no go, just down to objections? I would like to take this further if I can, as the situation can't go on. It's a dangerous and hazardous road that is having a major impact on local traders and their businesses as well as the impact it's having to people who are too scared to drive or even walk down there. It is unrealistic to ask people to drive around the town going several miles out of their way to get to whether they want to be; people won't do it!
When I say I want to take this further, what I mean is, I want to see what I can do to make things happen; if you have an suggestions I would be more than happy to hear and help. I am already trying to encourage all traders to walk and car share and asking them to arrange a meeting to do something that will help alleviate traffic.
I’m all for coming up with solutions for everyone involved!
Again, we’ll see if I get a response!
Things going on this weekend
Micklefield have their annual mini gala tomorrow from 12pm
Garforth Brass will be playing and there will be many stalls
Whats on -
Teas/Coffee and refreashments
Games and Activities
Party Light Candles
Globe not for profit Charity
Animals - creepy crawlies and birds of Prey
Tomorrow Evening The Podger have a great evening with Glam, Punk and 80's New Wave from 9pm
There is also some fabulous things going on over this weekend with Quirky Ales and their 80's music choice weekend and some unusual beer options, one with Rhubarb
And if you were lucky enough to get one of the 100 tickets for Take That Live, I hope you have a fabulous night at the Welfare Hall dancing and drinking sensibly. If you didn't manage to get a ticket, don't worry, the guys will be back later in the year with something else...!
OUr Bistro evenings are proving extremely popular too, even more so since Pride and Produce now have their leicense; did you know between 4-6pm you can pop in for a drink? Cocktails, Gin, Beer, Wine
La Bella Vita and Station House as well as other local pubs and restaurants are all serving great food - we're lucky, we don't have go far for a great night out!
As we go into July this weekend, we are on countdown to our first ever Garforth Feastival and many things are being added and confirmed right up to the day.
Main Street music is being finalised this week with our very own Choir, Luke Flear and others. The Library have just confirmed their Bake Off and their Detective Training going on too as well as Story Telling going on in Cielo and Station House Cafe
Have a look at the Website, Facebook or Twitter pages so you can keep up to date with what's going on - you won't be able to miss us on the day; We'll have our own T-shirts : )
MIG (Mum in Garforth)
This month, we did the Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild challenge. The aim was to take a bit of time each day to bring a little nature into your life – could be all-day activities or simply slowing down and noticing things around you. We managed to (mostly) do it. Some days we did lots, other days not so much… but every day I thought about ways to appreciate nature, and I enjoyed following along on Twitter to see what others were up to.
My little man is too young to remember any of this, but getting into the habit of making everyday things special is important to me. I figure now is a good time to practice this for when he’s older and able to do more things. That’s the plan, anyway!
So even though it’s the final day of the challenge, I have a feeling we’ll still be looking for spiders in the garden and stopping to admire wildflowers on our walks.
It’s not too late to get a little wild yourself – check out the Wildlife Trust’s website for ideas on how to bring a little nature into your life.
Until next week,
Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
NEW! Mum in Garforth Takeover week on Twitter – first week of the month a different mum will take the reins of the @mumingarforth Twitter account and share what’s happening in their world. First up next week is Anna – find her on Twitter @real_meaning and check out her blog here.
We are growing and many great things are happening for the better of our town...... #enjoylocal first
Today It's national Public Service Day thank you to all those who chose a job for us, everybody else, no matter what status we are, we're grateful.
Wow what a heatwave we’ve had!!!! In London……. The UK is bigger than you think
To be fair, I did say last week it would be nice to have some nice news, and London needed something good, so fair play, the weather it was.
As thunder showers are forecast, please say it’s not the end of our summer………..please
Doing too many things this week
Knotting! Painting, Putting up numbers, helping ‘where I can’ sort out a feastival, moving office, meetings, – drinking gin – there has to be a middle somewhere! Zumba, school runs, after school clubs, accounts, watching #thomboy in music concert; #proudparents moment. Clinic visit, posting, sharing, shouting….Oh and I did eat a bit….
What has your week been like?
FEASTIVAL - follow the website for all the information you will need.
www.garforthfeastival.co.uk - 15th July is coming #roundthecorner
Look what is coming to a hand, mouth, window near you
With much determination….. our first every #fEAsTival is on its way
Good Old Garforth Rumours.......
They always make me laugh; well, you do have to have a giggle throughout your working week.
A multi storey car park on Main Street
And Wetherspoons is getting a music licence (it’s not, the manager has confirmed)
Is it a case of a couple of conversations and people make up what they will; I’m thinking this is how the a story starts
Gary “So, have you been to Wetherspoons of late?”
Dorothy “No, not for a while, I’ve been trying other eateries for a change, they have music”
Gary “Do you not like Wetherspoons any more then?’
Dorothy “Oh no, it’s fine, a great new pub, but our Eateries have music and a license now and I can pop on the bus and not have to park, with it sometimes being busy and I can have a drink”
1 week later
Rumour 1 - We’re getting a multi-storey car park; people are getting busses!
Rumour 2 - Weatherspoon’s needs an atmosphere, therefore it’s changing all its policies and becoming a Lloyd's branch and changing its laws; overnight
Laugh, don’t start a rumour unless you know the facts; it only gives a 720,000 thread of comments on other social media pages – good advertising though!
MIG (Mum in Garforth)
What strikes me when I’m out and about in Garforth is the amount of parents and children I see of all ages - there are so many families living in the area.
Ten months into the role of Mum, I’m still pretty new to the job. I know about a lot about groups and activities for babies and toddlers, but this is only one slice of what’s on offer in Garforth for families.
It would be great to get some other perspectives on family life in Garforth; that’s why for the first week of the month, I want to invite other Mums (or Dads!) to take over the Mum in Garforth Twitter account, similar to People of Leeds, and tell us about what’s happening with you.
Want to be part of the takeover? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll have a chat. First Guest MIG coming soon!
Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @mumingarforth.
Until next week,
We have the Garforth Flood Support Group Coffee Morning, on Saturday at The Welfare Hal
This Sunday is our favourite, good old well established, Car Boot and Gala Day with Garforth District Lions, thanks to these people it’s still going strong.
Look out particular for the Garforth WI, The Garforth Neighbourhood Planning team and The beautiful voices of Garforth Community Choir; some cracking new tunes.
On Sunday after the Gala, there is this fab event being supported by Garforth Brass Band, want to join in, ring Christine 07942 312 789
A few issues on the planning applications which may be the reason why Lidl is delayed in building - as letter reads
Appeal Made by Site address description - Lidl Uk
Planning Inspectorate ref: App/N4720/W/17/3175099
The Planning Inspectorate has received the above appeal against the conditions imposed. It will be dealt with by the Written Representations procedure and the Inspector will carry out a site visit.
Any comments we have received relating to this application will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. I fyou want to make further comments you can use the online appeals service www.gov.uk/appeal-planning-inspectorate. You can also write enclosing 3 copes, to the Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/10B Eagle Wine, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN by 24th July 2017, quoting their reference number.
All documents relating to the appeal including comments and the decision, will appear on our website (link below)
After a long time someone, it seems someone may have bought Myrtle House to renovate it back into a home!
You can always look in planning, it’s all there for public to see, just copy and paste the linkhttps://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk
It may help stop some of the rumours!
I am currently creating a #smilewall of pictures; and a few dogs have been added too, oh and a goat! So far we have 25 smiley faces and I would like to create a wall of local smiles and have it up somewhere local, if you’re a local person who loves to live and shop local, smile, it actually makes people smile back – send me yours to email@example.com
Until next week……
We need some good news in the world, everything is just so sad. With, Theresa May trying to cobble up some sort of Government to make it ‘strong and stable’!! There’s not a lot we can do about these changes now, it’s just frustrating when things happen and you didn't vote for any of it!
London has had such an awful time - with another dreadful terrorist attack 12 days ago to the harrowing disaster on Wednesday morning; it’s the people that run into the danger and do anything they can to help are the people we need to make us realise how Great, Britain is….. More of these people shining is the good news out of what seems to be continuous distress. I find myself watching in disbelief that yet another week in our country has had another disaster.
I pray for all those families who have lost someone and I pray for all those firemen and emergency services who have to go through this block of flats to find answers.
I hope the book doesn't just keep getting passed, as to who is to blame!
If you wish to help, you can do - copy and paste the link
It brings me onto our Community, in any Community is shouldn’t take a disaster for people to rally round, and pull together, my motto has always been, 'Don’t sit back and wait for things to happen; go out an happen to things.' Look after what we love, know, enjoy, and see the good by helping.
On a much lighter note
Our family had a lovely holiday, it has been a long time since we have been abroad; how life changes when you have children! The #thomboys loved their new experience and are looking forward to their next venture; but If I listen to their requests for places to go, someone needs to give them a Saturday job; even if they are only 11 and 7! #pieinthesky
It was nice to go into Lee’s new shop, The Greengrocer and Flowers by Chloe and see their new store, a smaller unit but he has tried his best to give just as many options. It reminds me of Borough Market or a little Deli in Covent Garden. I wish him and the team all the luck in their new premises.
Sadly it brings us onto Costa! Seeing this week that signage on the window and in store work was being carried out, it's disheartening for me that it's going ahead. It all appears to be moving very quickly; considering their planning application only closed last Friday! Sorry, but it’s my passion to shout about independents and this will never change. If Costa has a massive impact on one of our independents because people are choosing it, I will be so sad to see a business suffer because people are suckered in by brand… Like it or not, Isn’t Costa just the Weatherspoon’s of coffee! #myopinion
However, I’m always going to try and look for the positives; one person said it would make them shop on Main Street more…. so, it’s taken a branded shop to make you use your high street! Let’s hope this is the positive that brings more people in, if this is how some are thinking!
On a great note........
The Garforth Feastival (15th July ) is one you need to put in your diaries; if you haven’t already! In the next week or so, I will be able to share the newly created website for the FEAsTival so you can see who will be there, what they’re all about and what is going on and what is being hosted in our cafe's, shops and businesses, on Main Street and at Quirky’s, Later live. Tickets are selling very fast for Quirky's , so make sure you get yours from, The Library, Quirky’s and Cielo. All funds go back into next year’s fEAsTival. Pride and Produce and Station House will also be open in the evening to continue the festivities
This year we are starting with baby steps to celebrate great independent food and drink, with a few little hidden surprises; look out for the very colourful map coming to a spot or two, near you.
Pride and Produce
Shake it up
Cryer & Stott
The Bottled Baking Company
Leeds Bee keeper, Dave Barrett
Wood Fire Dine
Whilst in the car the other day, I asked my eldest #thomboy to capture on video, the chaos of trying to go down Church Lane, this was at 3.35pm. This is what he saw and this has been sent to Nick Borras head of Highways at LCC, this is also on the back of many emails I have sent to Nick asking if there is anything in the LCC council budget to assist in the traffic issues on Church Lane and to sort out the much needed problems.
As you will just about see, 3 cars mounted the other side of the pavement to get past! All the people going up and down Church Lane are fed up of it and something needs to be done. It wouldn’t cost much money to put up, no parking between 9am-4pm and this would assist heavy traffic coming to and from Main Street. Yes it might push those, say 10 cars elsewhere, but the problem they will cause elsewhere will be so minor in comparison to the incidents that they could cause on Church Lane. Here's hoping something comes of my requests!
It’s not my job to have anything to do with highways, but it’s a problem that is stopping some, wanting to come and shop on Main Street, so I’m making it my job to try and do something.
Only this afternoon, have I received a response from highways, Nick Borras
In response to your email regarding any plans for Church Lane, I am afraid that at present there are no proposals for this stretch of road.
We have previously been looking at introducing a mixture of resident permit parking and double yellow lines as part of a Garforth wide traffic regulation order, to regulate the parking along Church Lane, however after fully consulting the residents and formally advertising the draft parking proposals, we received numerous objections. After receiving and considering the various objections, a decision was taken to abandon the proposals for Church Lane, and proceed with implementing the remainder of the area wide scheme.
I trust that the foregoing information is of assistance.
Don’t sit back and let things happen, go out and happen to things - I am on it!
MIG (Mum in Garforth)
Happy dancing baby!
It’s easier to build a strong child than to mend a broken adult. -A wise Twitter user
It’s Infant Mental Health Awareness Week – sounds a bit strange thinking about mental health issues in babies, but all it means is looking after your baby’s emotional wellbeing. Positive parent-baby bonding in the first 1,001 days (conception to age two) is important to build a healthy brain. Want to know more? Visit the NHS Leeds Community Healthcare website here.
So, with that in mind, it was a perfect week to try Sling Swing for the first time. Swing Sling is a gentle movement and dance class for mums and dads or carers with their babies and toddlers in soft structured slings and baby carriers or wraps. Having your little one snuggled close to you is a good way to bond and have your baby feel safe and secure, and the class is suitable for babies as young as 6 weeks old.
Katherine instructs the class, which is new to Garforth and Tadcaster. We went along to the Wednesday afternoon class; I had just enough rhythm for my little man to fall asleep in the sling, but not enough to look good doing it I’m afraid! But that didn’t matter because everyone was really nice and we were all having a laugh while getting some exercise.
Want to give it a try? Garforth classes are held Mondays 9:15-10:15 and Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 at Garforth Methodist Church on Church Lane. Tadcaster classes are on Thursday mornings 9:15-10:15 at Riley-Smith Hall. Contact Katherine firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Email me at email@example.com or find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
Until next week,
You still have time to buy some nice things for your Dad or your Husband for Fathers Days… let’s face it, us Mums and Daughters are usually better at these things and we may have already bought something. If so, I hope you have tried to buy locally. However, these suggestions may make you add to your gifts or, if you are still out there wondering what to buy, then here’s a few extra choices
Chocolates from Dumouchel – they have Father’s Day written all over them
The Gin Shack – you may be a little late, but worth a shout - 07747 624785 Get your gin locally
Mr B’s Beard Care oil and Mr B offers Cut throat shaves which you could pay for in advance – just contact them on their page at Boutique Beauty or Mr B’s Beard Care -
Call, Book, Buy 07984 376697
Garforth Golf Range have a whole host of Golfing products from shoes to golfing attire as weel as a large range of equipment and you can to book him in for a swing; a golf swing that is! http://www.golfcrazy.co.uk/garforth-golf-centre-55-c.asp
Lots of local independents are open on Sunday morning for Breakfast and brunch and you could stop at Freshly Made on Aberford Road and pick him something up and bring it home. Has he requested a lie in? Then it’s #breakfastinbed.
We have so much to choose from you could get him pancakes from Pride and Produce, a full English from Freshly Made or croissants and pastries from Cielo. Then for lunch or dinner you could book in with La Bella Vita - http://www.la-bella-vita.co.uk/
Augustus Court have some great events coming up From Gents Day and their Tea Etiquette event both on the 28th June, with talks been given my Temple Newsam House, these are all free events. Just give them a call 0333 999 8727 they had a great cupcake event yesterday; I hope you made it. Keep an eye out as I always post their up and coming events on all social media and on here, the website. It’s a good chance to have a mooch inside the home too.
#shopindependent these shops were here before big brands existed
Until next week.............
Good Evening All
I'm putting in my apologise, the blog will be back next week -being my first day back in the office and due to a huge amount of workload in my inbox, tray, mail etc; being away for nearly 2 weeks gives you quite a reality check when you get back to it!
Lots to talk about next week, we will have been a week with a new cobbled together Government!
How well the fEAsTival on Main Street and the night time offerings are coming along
What's been happening with some of our local businesses and, how as communities we could do better
A horrid topic that has impacted the whole of the UK this week, and more prevalent the north I feel, It feels as though it hits home more when it’s on the doorstep, it’s impacted everybody this week, if not directly but in our hearts and minds. Manchester will take time to get through this; up north we have such a great sense of community and when you see people, strangers of every colour and every creed hugging each other, it shows what love there is in the world!
We will call these monsters all the things under the sun; believe me I have. I’m thinking most people’s TV’s have been shouted as this week. But that’s what they want, to divide us from our neighbours; for most it won’t work.
The one thing tragedy does bring is people closer together and it makes us realise that really, we should all care more about people, our home, others and lives. Life is too rushed, life is so busy; sometimes we forget the most important thing; it’s usually looking us right in the face. In order to stop myself getting upset ALL the time, I have to look at all the people that have helped and come together to assist others in need. When we as humans rush out of fear, our emergency services run in. When strangers help others, homeless guys just doing what he could until the paramedics arrived, people nearby turning into other people’s mothers and people driving further than they needed to help people in need, Café’s giving free food and drink to our emergency services, students were out on Tuesday with a sign giving people free hugs; just to do something good. There was a guy just hanging around Manchester all day to smile to people to try and help lift their spirits.
We do have so many decent people in the world; we have to look to this to have some hope for the world we’re bringing our children up in. Hope, love and a steady recovery to all those people who have been injured. It must be a very serial moment for some of the children this week, a concert turns into injury and heartache and then the Queen at the end of your bed seeing if you’re ok.
Love to all people that have been affected.
Where is your..
Most saw the awful graffiti on the Welfare Hall, Library and bus stop on Main Street this week, and our local Councillor, even though on holiday quickly had it removed. There were lots of opinions about the people who did it, whether they were young, old, girls, lads, Garfonians or outsiders; plenty of people had lots to say, but the main thing it showed me was that people really do care about where we live. Whoever did this isn’t clever, there was no message really; just sounded like someone was a bit annoyed about Garforth for whatever reason! Use your brain!
Trust – Hidden agenda??
Normally I let things go past and don’t ponder on any negatives, it’s a waste of my time; which I have very little of, but on occasions I find it very hard to understand when people have an unnecessary opinion about how I run my business; especially when they know very little about it or have no understanding about me as a person. I have been doing this job for nearly 3 years now and I have helped A LOT of people do lots of good things; proof is in the pudding of following, The Main Deal, the reviews and nominations for awards this year will add to this. Be happy someone is trying to genuinely help the business in our home town. There is no hidden agenda, and let’s be honest, I don’t need to prove myself to negative people, only the people I work with, and you as the community. #baffled #dontgetit and so I move on.
Good things are happening...............
Garforth Community FEASTIVAL – Saturday 15th July
Garforth Feastival is underway and more things are being confirmed each week. As well as a few stalls on Main Street, which include Dumouchel, The Gin Shack and Quirky ALes, there will be a Beekeepers, Stall, Pride and Produce, Cielo, The Bottled Backing Company, and Wharfe Valley Oils – there is also some fabulous things going on in our library with a cake bake off and working projects within other venues.
As well as the additional entertainment you will see and hear in some of our fabulous café's, in the evening there is, 'LATER LIVE' at Quirky’s. An 18+ event from 6.30pm on wards., ass well as great ales being served, The Gin Shack will also be there alongside, Wood Fire Fire Pizzas, Street Food and live music with Supersonnets and Bare Brass – Tickets are available to buy at Cielo, Quirky and The Library
Tickets are £7.50 and all proceeds go back into GARFEAST2018 #supportthegoodofgarforth
Follow the Facebook and twitter pages to keep up to date with the details of this great up and coming event that we hope to run year on year
https://twitter.com/GCFeastival and https://www.facebook.com/Garfeast/
The hashtag is #garfeast so if you have any questions, tag it in.
An application just gone in for the new Lidl site - proof it's till on its way
17/9/00152/MOD | Hybrid application for demolition of existing buildings and for full planning permission to erect food store (Use Class A1) including associated access, parking and landscaping and outline planning permission for retail development (Use Class A1) and public house (Use Class A4) - NON MATERIAL AMENDMENT to 16/00749/OT - amendment to glazing on site elevation, removal of high level ribbon windows from new elevation, revised entrance lobby layout, change cladding material, alterations to means of escape from sales area, changes to surface material in the car car park and pedestrian areas | Former Site Of Miami Building Lotherton Way Garforth Leeds
Yes I know, people are fed up with British Gas and Virgin Media digging up the roads, but look at this way, at least they're doing it all the same time! Short term disruption for a long term gain
#MIG – has had a hectic couple of days this week; as always with babes in arms, life can be difficult and just when you think you have got a pattern going, babies push you into another one! Christine will be back in a few weeks with some more recommendations. Don’t forget about her class she’s running at Premier Fitness every Thursday Morning ( not next week with it being half term) as there is a an activity on at Leeds City Museum but back the following week, 8th June
Follow Christine to keep up to date with our local Mum In Garforth on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
Things to do this half term – Helpful pages (copy and paste)
Holidays are calling; back to being Mummy for a while (my favourite job) the blog will be back on Friday 9th June
Until then.................. stay safe, love more, hug often, praise lots.......... and of course #uselocal
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 18 years ago; you may have seen me around ?