So it seems - Go take a hike, from where I come from, this has nothing to do with walking in the wilderness!
Did you know, Garforth Academy is nearly 50 years old. I have sent an email to them to see if I can help promote information to our community. Where you a student when it first opened? More information to come
We welcome, Emsleys Solicitors and look forward to them becoming members next week.
It has been another busy week in TMD HQ, as well as work and sorting things out for our up and coming #useyourloaf promotion, it has also been a big birthday for the eldest #thomboy now aged 12. At 12 you can watch better films, take adult medicines (not sure this is something to celebrate) but sadly, at 12, you can no longer go to most soft play centres, all say boo. So last week, I took both #thomboys to test out the newly refurbished, Monkey Maze.
This was our thoughts;
Thomboy 1 - aged 7 - ' It's good for younger kids, but it's not as big as before, I liked it better before'
Thomboy 2 - aged 11 - 'there was more to do in the old one, it looks really big but it's mainly mirrors at the back' great for 5 year olds'
ThomMum - The cafe area is much better, from supervising your children and the choices of food and drinks are also better and it's much cleaner and brighter too
Tomorrow at the Welfare Hall, from 9.30am
Linda from Cielo is back this week,
In trying to research ‘how to write a good blog’, it highlights how fortunate we are to have access to such a great local community. Yes, hi! I’m back again. After a week of family busy-ness and drama, I’ve found some space to pull some thoughts together.
CHRISTMAS!!! Oh wow, I do actually really love it. Don’t get me wrong, I know it can be the hardest time of the year, and oh how it can highlight of loss and grief. But I think that is an important journey and those memories are often so valuable. The funny anecdotes we recall can bring healing tears.
The saddest thing for me is when Christmas highlights a lack, a lack of a family Christmas, of fun and care and time around the table putting the world right. When company is missing and the manic marketing only goes to rub salt in the wounds of what we think everyone else is experiencing. Whether that’s childhood past, or current experiences, I feel it’s such a robbery.
I love Christmas because yes, I am a Christian so it has a profound special place as a celebration. (And yes, I know the roots of the date are pagan, bear with me here! It’s not a Jesus rant. It’s about getting back to what it should be.)
If you’re having a birthday party, you don’t want any of your guests to feel like they may as well not have turned up. Or like they don’t really fit in. Even worse, that they shouldn’t have some food or cake because they weren’t on the invite list but just a plus one. You’d want everyone to go home saying they’d had a great time! Maybe even a party bag full of lovely stuff, a real treat of an event. Best. Day. Ever.
This will be our 8th Christmas morning opening. We didn’t the first year, I mean it’s a bit odd to go to work on Christmas Day if you don’t have to eh? But that first year, we came back to work in the New Year and were so saddened by some people’s Christmas time. How could we have dear regulars, who didn’t see anyone on Christmas or Boxing Day??! Wow.
So this year will be the same again, a disorganised hour or so of coffee and friends. We will also be around at the Christmas lights switch on market, and will be doing our Cielo Sings Carols on the 23rd December.
I’m so glad we look out for our neighbours and check in on people we know who may need a hello. Well done Garforth, I think we’re really good at this! Seth Godin says "How was your day?" is a question that matters a lot more than it seems.
Have a great Christmas, and maybe we’ll see you sometime over the season.
Oo and P.S. Christmas drinks launch today
If you haven’t caught up on social media, Mark Dobson and Jackie Simpson from Garforth Flood Group went to shout very loud at planning panel yesterday, unfortunately heir last attempt to get their points across about what problems are going to occur when these houses come, even though their points are completely valid and realistic, they were not listened to, LCC have just let the developers get what they want; which is lots of money.
No-one has ever disagreed that something else other than Stocks Blocks would be better suited to this land, however I feel like a lot of you do, 241 houses are not it – I’m sure we will all look forward to the road works, the disruption, the flooding, the lack of school provision and overpriced houses that very few can afford.
Leeds City Council Planning Panel…. Proving time and time again that the people in towns , do not have a voice
20th November - Road Works widening at the existing traffic signal junction between Main Street, Aberford Road, Wakefield Road and Barrowby lane.
The works will be carried out from 20th November for approximately 6 weeks from 9.30am – 3.30pm, helping to avoid peak time traffic.
There will be a 4 way traffic light system in place and the works will be restricted from Monday-Friday only.
This weekend, i's the start of the major Christmas Shopping for many - Give it a try, a local shop buy
The likes of Pease, Dorothy Annes, Pride and Produce, The Station House Cafe, The Gin Shack, Personal Touch by Rachel and our local beauticians plus man more, we have some great choices
Until next week.......
Thank you to our wonderful Garforth & District Lions that make Garforth that extra bit special. What a great fireworks display we had last Friday, super and spectacular, and of course, as always great organisation and all for free - I hope you dug deep in your pockets and gave what pennies you had .
A lot of our Garforth and District Lions have been volunteering for many, many years and they could always do with some, 'new blood' so if you can spare a little time, please get in touch with them through their Facebook page. As I suspect when the older generation of Lions have come to a time when they need to step down, we'll be minus a fair few.
After we had 'Ooo'd and Ahhh'd at the fireworks, I invited friends and kids back to our house for a, Bonfire Supper of slow cooked Chilli with slow braised beef from Willow Park Farm with Jacket Potatoes from The Green grocers and then lots of gin and sweets.... I think we should celebrate all the fun things in life and this is one of them. It's one of my Hygge (hu-gah) moments. Getting ready for winter, dark nights and cosying up.....drinking Gin has just hopped on Board.
Talking of Gin, I hope Rebecca from The Gin Shack enjoyed her first year Anniversary at Quirky's last Friday too - it's always so good to hear and celebrate a first year in business and Rebecca has worked extremely hard to get this business where it is. Congratulations you lovely supplier of Artisan Gin you.
Today is a random ‘Day of the Year', its Area Code day!
In the beginning of the world with telephones, things were easy. You didn’t even call a number, you just called your operator and asked them to hook you up with someone in your town. Need the Doctor, you could not only ask the operator to connect you with one but ask which one she’d suggest. Eventually, the phone system expanded beyond just local networks and started connecting towns, counties, states, and nations. The first step was putting in a number system so that each person could dial another directly, but then there weren’t enough numbers. Area Code Day celebrates the solution that has become a part of our everyday existence ever since.
Our love Guest Blogger, Linda will be back next week – Linda has had a few balls to juggle this week. But she's looking forward to being back next week
Next week is Anti Bullying week – Be kind to the people you know and smile at the people you don’t. Don’t make judgement on what you don’t know or understand about someone.
I have had bulling in this job and as much as I can brush some of it off, I’m still a human being. As an adult you have to rise above it before it eats you up, I’m also a great believer in what goes around comes around; and to be honest someone not being very nice about you, just makes me be even kinder to every individual I meet as I would never want anyone to feel unnecessarily sad.
Bully/* use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone) The behaviour is often repeated and habitual.
Polska Fest this Saturday at Garforth Library
On Sunday, St Mary's Church will hold a remembrance service, starting at 3pm should you wish to attend
And on Sunday at 12 noon Garforth in Bloom will dedicate 2 mins silence for the world and peace along with WPF candles for everyone at the Garforth in Bloom's Diamond Jubilee Garden, World Peace Flame. We would be delighted if you could join us, thank you, bless you.
May all beings be at peace.
Well done Garforth in Bloom for the beautiful knitted poppies, sometimes things don’t need too many words
Looking forward to seeing the proposed changes to Enhance Dental's Exterior work – there plan is to make it look more aesthetically pleasing.
BE KIND, it's easier than being mean
Until next week........
Welcome to November
I had fabulous half term with all the Thomboys in lovely Whitby; the last holiday of the year. It's a great place to be in the October half term with it being, Goth Weekend and some great Halloween activities including Whitby’s spectacular lit up Abbey along with an adaptation of the great classic story, Dracula. A fun and friendly version, giving us chills and laughs in the dark with the Abbey like this
Hey, I’m Linda and I’ve lived in Garforth since 1983 when I was a 5yr old with a southern accent. ‘Plimsoles’ and other words were no longer acceptable so friends soon sorted that bit out, and it’s felt like home since. I’m married to Nick and we have 4 children aged 10, 8, 4 and 10months.
As long as I can remember, Garforth has been great at community. From the big things like the gala parade that filled Main Street with floats and music bands, to individual and family needs for fundraising and care. In creating Cielo Coffee House as a social enterprise with Nick, we wanted to be a part of this story, not to re-invent the wheel, but hopefully add to the community experience for customers and beyond.
When we have profit, we give it to local groups such as football clubs, Garforth in Bloom, music and drama clubs and so on. We also like to give our space, such as recently having the Garforth Guides in for a latte art/coffee roasting experience evening. We had a great live music event last month, and have sold out again for this month. These are great opportunities to keep it local too, having Adam from Amber’s Kitchen in for food, Quirky Ales for beer, and local musicians.
The world is accessible these days, and products and services can come from just about anywhere. But ‘keeping it local’ isn’t just a romantic past time thing. I genuinely believe there is a real value to Main Street, and small business. Many of us drive all over for shopping and so on, some of it essential travel, but for me, I also really love those times you wander up and down the street and see people you know enough to say hello to. I’m one of those annoying types that says hello to people I don’t know too! (sorry). Its not just important for those who may not see anyone else that day, or the older generation, or less mobile, or those with learning disabilities. Community takes variety and we can all add value to other people’s lives. Our 10 month old daughter, Grace, has a little extra, she has Downs Syndrome, and I’m so grateful to our friends from Home Farm Trust who work with us and come in as customers. These guys are legends, and were our only real point of reference when we got the news at the hospital. Just knowing them and how brilliant they are, gave us reassurance that we’d be okay. They continue to add value to my life each week.
Often, when we feel low or swamped and stressed, the advice is ‘just get out and about’. The medicine found is not just the breath of fresh air, but the interaction with others, slowing down pace, and taking in what’s around you. Don’t just commute from here, get involved somewhere!
WOTS (word on the Street)
WOW what a fabulous evening we had on the Fairburn Estate on Tuesday, there were lots of wonderful houses who really went to town; we do have some fun people in Garforth… yippee
One thing that stuck out most was how well behaved and well-mannered ALL of the children were who came and visited our spooky house, and from quite a lot of what I read and heard, lots of Garforth had a spooktacular Halloween too. Kids were saying things like, ‘Have a Happy Halloween’ and ‘have a lovely Evening’ as they left our door with a bucket of sweets.
I did however, hear and read that not all was bright and cheery but more dark and dreary over parts of Garforth.
I did cackle at some of the extreme posts though!
Some of the comments......
‘There’s between 70-80 kids on Main Street’
There’s no police officers anywhere and they do nothing anyway’
'Where are the parents of all these terrible kids?'
'Someone robbed by sons outfit and took all his sweets, he’s only 5' - why the parent not out with him?
Generally in a group of kids – there’s always one or two idiots and then there’s bystanders. We’ve all been there, don’t post ‘ This never happened in our day’ YES IT DID, Fireworks being thrown, eggs being chucked at people and cars, people walking over parked cars and mischief being caused – I watched it as a kid, didn’t agree with it, but there were some right idiots and there always will be.
The reason we think it goes on more now is we have something called, Social Media which allows every take, comment, video and picture to be broadcast before police can even get a look in; then we have the idiots that are adults, some saying ‘brand them on social media, put their names, shame them’ where you that kid that was causing mayhem back in my day? Not the most sensible thing to suggest really!
Believe it or not Garforth Academy are extremely good at sorting out behaviour of kids who step out of line, and as we have read and seen they are already on it.
Like all media, things are escalated and exaggerated and made bigger than they are. I bet there were probably 10 kids out of 1000 that caused the mayhem on Tuesday – don’t brandish them ALL with same brush because they are in the same area.
If you can go online and shout about how bad it is and the slag off the police for not being there. How about being constructive and log onto, West Yorkshire Chat 101 https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101LiveChat
and report it properly, if the chat group starts to get several reports, something will be done. Believe in our local officers and help them.
And so we move on...
Lots more events have been added of the past 2 weeks, especially in the lead up to Christmas.
Please check our Facebook page and look in events, so you don’t miss out on all the fun that's coming up
Until next week..................
Use your loaf - shop local
Apologise for last week’s absence from the blog. I think a car crash, a visit to hospital (separate incident) and picking up a courtesy car was all a little too much… Anyway, I’m back for this week, but for this week only until after the half term; I'll be having fun with the #thomboys in good old Whitby.
What do you have planned for the half term? Hopefully these links will help you:
THINGS TO DO THIS HALF TERM (Copy and Paste the links)
This looks good fun at Temple Newsam House
As well as Lotherton Halls Spectacular Halloween Week
Check out my events page on Facebook too as there are few things happening next weekend
There’s quite a few good things going on at The Library, check it out
Also check out our link to this year’s Itinerary when and where Garforth Community Choir will be performing
Vote for the Favourite Firm of the Future - www.businessworksuk.co.uk
We say a big congratulations to Business Works this week for being in the finalists
Copy and Paste the link to see their fabulous video
Voting open from 16th – 29th October
Help out by voting for our great local businesses here in Garforth
Vote for GARFEAST2018 - Tesco Tokens
From the 1st November until the 1st January, when shopping at Tesco’s, you will be able to put your blue tokens in our Garforth Feastival box. In order we can make things bigger and better year on year, we need your support, so please, ask for your blue tokens if you don’t automatically get one at the till, and please put them into our Feastival box – First prize is £4,000 – imagine what we could do with this!
We have to thank…. Howden's Kitchens this week for kindly donating £250.00 to next year's #Garfeast too, people are really getting behind, the good of Garforth. The more we receive, the more we can achieve
There are some conversations and posts that should NOT be put on social media.................
Last week, a terrible incident happened in Barclays Bank. A poor elderly man collapsed and died and his wife was injured too as he fell.
This is such a sad story and I was horrified to read people second guessing on social media about how many ambulances and police and first responders were outside and guessing what it was, and then people arguing who was right and wrong and then starting rumours as to what it was or wasn’t……………………..REALLY!
When there’s an array of emergency services, then no second guessing or a conversation should be had, there’s a terrible incident happened, clearly, does it really need a conversation on a gossip page? … I was baffled!
Poor family, does anyone not think of these people FIRST
I am delighted to say....
After the half term holidays, we have a new Guest Blogger joining us, a local business owner will be adding to our blog with their thoughts and prospective on Garforth and a few other topics of their choosing. It will be interesting to read things, perhaps from the other side of the counter?
Have a happy half term and enjoy your little ones whether you’re a parent or a grandparent, they grow so fast and the holidays are over far too quickly.
Getting ready for Halloween - AgeUk were certainly getting their shop in the spirit; but not to every bodies taste as it's now been taken down!
I found it rather amusing, it certainly got people looking into their window #halloweenfun Perhaps a #steptoofar for Garforth?
Until 3rd November..... have a lovely half term
Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no blog this week. sorry, back next week.
A scary time for Las Vegas, this week, there’s only ever one question, WHY… thankfully my husband who was there last week with work, came back on Friday evening. Poor innocent people who were just out having a good time in a fun place. But hey, America won’t do anything about their gun crime! They had one failed shoe bomb attempt and now everyone has to take off their shoes for inspection at the airport, how many massacres shooting have they had over the years? #myopinion
Oh no, Travellers in Garforth, much to everyone’s disgust. It does make me laugh when people accuse them off all sorts when they’ve only just parked up, I do understand the annoyance, but the hatred, it’s a whole other step, I wonder how many people would say to their faces what they say on Social media? When they parked up at Garforth Leisure Centre, I thought they may have been using their Bodyline card ! From time to time, they will pop in, pop up and set up. But we have enough good people in the know, who can soon have them removed. Nice cars they had too !
Please be careful if you’re parking on the estate on Woodlands Drive including all the cul-de-sacs, Permit Parking is now in force and traffic wardens are in operation – the residents are ecstatic!!
Nice to hear our love Chair of Garforth Feastival has already organised and confirmed stalls for our 2018 market – We are changing things a bit next year; for the better of course. The first date of our Feastival week will start on Saturday 14th July showcasing great independent food and drink – the team have plans to let you know about what’s going on in the lead up to this date, so look out, you never know where you will see information popping up. www.garforthfeastival.co.uk
I heard a little bird telling me something will be going on, on Monday in Garforth, early morning and something to do with ITV! #waitandsee
Had a meeting this week with Thierry at Dumouchel, as part of my campaign over the next few weeks to show you how shopping local can be affordable. We are going to run a campaign called, ‘use your loaf’ Thierry and the team will be show casing one of their breads each week over the course of approximately 8 weeks, telling you how their breads are made, what the ingredients are, (no sugar) being one of them and how buying a local loaf can go a long way. So keep your eyes open and, use your loaf
More Dumouchel news............... November, Cookery classes.
Working with chocolate
How to make a perfect Christmas Chocolate Log
How to prepare a tasty meal for Christmas
Some of these classes will also have guest chefs
The classes will start from 5pm ending at 9pm – more details to follow, so keep following their social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Over the next few weeks, I will be running a little campaign called #useyourloaf about how you can shop local on a small budget; not everything has to be too expensive. More details will follow on our social media pages and be shared to the website, so please keep up to date by following.
Cielo have released another date for their acoustic night, 11th November. Sadly I’m not about for this one. It’s only £5 a ticket and I can personally recommend after attending their first one, it was a really nice evening with good friends, good drink, great music and yummy hot sandwiches – go local
DON'T PANIC Pride and Produce have only temporarily shut their doors for bistro evenings, but we will see them back open in December, here's their Christmas Menu - so get booking in
Information about the proposed outline application, for houses to be built behind Selby Road, opposite The Gaping Goose. I see there are a few objections in already. Should you wish to add yours, please do so asap .
Off out to Leeds Light Night this evening, it's such a wonderful and FREE event, we all love it and it makes you feel wonderful about the city we live #hygge
Until next week............
How is it October this Sunday? Look at the positives, autumn walks, cashmere jumpers, silk scarves, riding boots, trilbys, long A Line woollen skirts; i'm just dreaming I'm Audrey Hepburn in the 21st Century !
#autumnwear - buy it locally, Dorothy Annes have some lovely fashion for the cooler months
A lovely weekend was had last week with my dear friends, people I love and people I hold dear, without them, I would not be the person I am today – not sure if this is a good or bad thing? Until 2018
Hubby has been away with work this week, visiting Las Vegas, most people would be excited but going by his description; it’s not all that – A glorified Blackpool in the day and something out of Grand Theft Auto at night – Vice City. I suspect it’s a place you need to know where to go as a tourist whereas working there for a few days isn’t quite the same; I’ll be glad to have him back.....
I stopped in at SPT uniform shop this week to pick up my order, more trousers! I saw there were lots of items still hanging, waiting to be collected. SPT staff have phoned people, but I suspect at times, they may not have always been able to get through or leave a message, so if you’re still waiting on items it may be worth a phone call or a pop in to see if it’s in. The rack is pretty full of bags waiting to be collected – their number is 0113 232 0111
Sad to see this week that people were flocking to the doors of Dominoes; as I passed with my eyes up to the sky (I’m very good at doing this) It was also sad to see all the other independent takeaways, rather empty! I think it’s really funny that people flock to a brand and drawn in by overpriced deals - hey, it’s just my opinion but it may count when we see another independent close . I Look forward to getting my weekend takeout from an independent this week with good locally bought fresh ingredients #eachtotheirown
A few things going on this weekend
Gaping Goose are holding a Help for Hero’s charity event from 12pm through to 11pm
Come along and Help support Help for Heroes Charity, Daytime stalls, Tombola, raffles, auctions, games, DJ and tabletop Magician.
Station House Café
They celebrate their 1st Year Anniversary of opening here in Garforth. They officially opened on the 1st August, but are celebrating on this day. Station Cafe will open between 8am-11am serving their usual breakfast menu, then from 11am-3pm they will serving teas/coffees along with Italian pastries and Luigi's homemade focaccia in a variety of flavours.
Rebecca from The Gin Shack and Garforth Community Choir will be there between 12pm-3pm .
They have a ticketed event from 5.00pm, but this has already SOLD OUT
Shine Tanning Salon have their fabulous Free Tanning Weekend
We are rewarding all our lovely clients..
We are giving new & old clients *FREE* sunbeds & iFit sessions
Also, 25% off ALL block bookings & sunbed creams
This offer is for the Weekend ONLY!
T&C's apply. Over 18's only. Maximum of 10 minutes for free sunbed session per person. All blocks are valid for 12 months after purchase date.
Swillington Farm have also have a fabulous event going on at their farm http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1544e1af3f1378d8be3c75d7e&id=b1a837e265
Copy and paste the link to find out about their fabulous Saturday event
Who says nothing goes on locally?!
I hope today you managed to attend a Macmillan Coffee Morning today, we had plenty on offer in Garforth
What a tough week this has been, life can be so unbelievably cruel at times and I’m one of the most positive people I know. This week, I have to pay tribute to a lovely friend who sadly after 3 years of battling her life and I mean fighting every step of the way, sadly lost the battle this week to the awful disease we all hate to mention. Leaving behind heartache and a young family, which is the hardest bit.
Our friendship group with young families, have found this very hard to deal with. I would love to be the person that was able to take all the pain away from those who are truly hurting. Life can be so unfair and you wonder how you can move forward
Take time to live each day, you don’t know when it will be taken away
Until next week............................
Some time ago I asked the lovely people of Garforth to email me their smiles. As planned, this week would be the blog of our Smile Wall, and it seems, with such a miserable and very sad week this week, it's the perfect time to share it.
Thank you so all who joined in the fun, you are beautiful people.
Don't worry if you have sent us your smile and you can't see yourself on this fun trailer - there are more smile wall projects to come.
As you know from last week's blog, I will be at my, annual girls weekend away. I will raise a glass or three and see you next week
If there's a problem where you live, shout about it on social media, when you've come up with the solution to fix it.
Until next week.................
So sad to hear of yet another attack on our capital city; will it ever stop? There are children on our tube stations; there are no words! The only thing that I see that's really nice from incidents like this is people nearby tweeting out that they are nearby for tea, coffee, a place to go, a reaching hand...... we do have some lovely people in the world, it's so sad to hear the few that aren't can cause so much tragedy.
First full week back to routine for many, how are your little ones getting on in their new journey, at school, uni, jobs? My new year 7 is loving his first fill week, very tired, but loving the lessons, teachers and slowly getting to know his way round a massive school.
Not a great week with the awful accident yesterday on the M1 where a lorry had hit the central reservation. I hope the lorry driver is ok; they don’t seem to report this bit, just the traffic chaos it causes.
We’re sorry to hear this week that our lovely MIG (Mum in Garforth) is to depart our blog. The lovely Christine is going back to work full time, meaning she will have very little time left to herself to 1. Be local and 2. Any spare time she will have will be spent with her cute little boy, Tommy – we wish her lots of luck in her new journey.
This now gives space for another guest blogger, this time I’m looking for a DIG (Dad in Garforth) are you a new Dad, how is a little one now changing your life, how does it impact your every day, how was your paternity leave, what are you buying, where are you going, do you feel more responsibility if your partner has decided to take a year off on maternity? – I’d love to hear from you.
It looks like Main Street has nearly finished and now working down on Lidgett Lane has begun.
The works on Ninelands Road/Hazelwood Drive are due to finish next week (according to their yellow sign) let’s hope they are on schedule; I think it’s been ‘driving people a bit round the bend!' But look at the positives, at least their doing it now and not in the winter months.
Aberford Road is due to be the next dig up over the next 22 weeks as of 11th September, making changes to the road for the new Lidl complex, widening the road, lights, and a new entrance.
Lover of Tech
The iPhoneX is soon to be released, early November. I’ m a lover of tech, that’s how the hubster and I met, in a software house. We’re both lover of gadgets and IT, and we aim to always be that one step ahead of our children on this score. I’m liking the new cool aspects to the iphoneX, but with a price tag of £1,045 I think I’ll have to get a few more members on The Main Deal before justifying this cost. I’m not quite into the full AI; wouldn’t want a robot living in the house - saying that, we do have an added member of the family we call Albert; our robot hoover; he’s great.
Garforth Gossip – There are 5,462 people who follow GG, I’m not sure if this is a great thing or not, it appears that many people would prefer to follow gossip! Sadly a lot of the threads appear to be angry, even leaning on the side of hatred in some cases, what’s the matter with people? Sometimes people ask a simple question or recommendation; luckily a fair few are quite ‘normal’ in their responses, but then there’s a block of people who pull out their fangs, spike their hair up, put their finger in an electric plug socket and then tap, tap away their answer; most of which aren’t really helpful or necessary – I do laugh at some of them as it’s like reality TV, I’m sitting back waiting for the car crash to happen. Is it just how Yorkshire people talk to each other? ‘I like what I say and I’ll say what I bloody well like’? #confusedplasticscouser
I have some fabulous Gossip to share .............
Great to see and hear that The Gin Club with the lovely Rebecca of The Gin Shack has had another successful event at Pride and Produce last night - a bit of inside info, if you missed this one, the next one for your diaries will be the 30th November - details to be released soon, follow The Gin Shack social media pages.
The Station House Cafe can now sing from the roof tops, they have their alcohol license and are serving lots of Italian wines and sparking Wines, Italian bottled ciders, beer and pale ale, they're also stocking some unusual liquors!
The Station House will be also be celebrating their 1st year Anniversary on, Saturday 30th September from 8-11am they will be serving their usual breakfast menu following on from 11 until 3.00pm they will be serving teas and coffees, Italian pastries and Luigi's home made focaccia loaf in different varieties of flavours.
Rebecca from The Gin Shack and Garforth Community Choir will be there between 12-3pm, then they will close for their ticketed event from 5,00pm. Unfortunately all tickets for this special evening event have been sold - but if you're lucky enough to have got one, boy are you in for a treat... 7 piece Italian brass band is all I am saying .
I have met up with one of my members this week, and some great news might not be too far away - As soon as I can put the key into that little TMD secret room, I will shout very loud about the exciting news; because they actually make like to hear your opinions!
Next Weekend is my annual Girls Weekend away – Womens weekend doesn’t have the same ring to it!
Every September, I get together with my school friends and we spend quality time together. From the time we step in the door of our holiday cottage until the time we have to leave, we laugh. The house is full of fun, laughter, loudness, screams, and our lives come to a stop for 48 hours; we’re with our dearest friends; some who I celebrate being friends with 40 years this year.
Like many women, we are all busy working Mums and all our lives are very hectic, so this is a weekend, we plan every year and we have done so for many years, it's a need! As good catholic girls, we always make sure we behave, are respectful and look out for one another; well until the alcohol gets started that is #happydays
For all those lovely people who sent me their great smiles before the summer holidays, watch out next week for the lovely little trailer I've put together, the first showing will be on next week’s blog #smilewall
Until next week
Look after where we live, it’s really important
Welcome back and welcome to the start of Autumn, this is my favourite time of the year from September through to December, for me there are so many lovely things happening and I’m also going, all Hygge; living Danish-ly. Pronounced (Hue-gah)
Hygge is a feeling, a Danish ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness. A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being
I will soon be celebrating birthdays, the husbands and mine – 2 days apart, 2 Virgos in the house! Then we have one of my favourite times of the year Halloween; it’s a good job our street goes to town. I’m easily spooked and I’m not a massive fan of trick or treat but it’s the feeling - pumpkins, soups, chocolates, colder weather, jumpers, autumn leaves the colour orange and kids having fun; and I do like getting dressed up and scaring the pants off the kids…. Then Bonfire night and Christmas follows… yes I said the word – but these are things to look forward to, things to love. We should always enjoy the good things that come along and if you’re like me, make a big deal about it.
So what’s been happening in the world of Garforth whilst I have been resting my blogging fingers?
Well Dominoes is back! *eyes rolling to the sky - it opens at some point - can you sense my enthusiasm?
Road works have taken over Garforth, long term good, short term pain. I feel so satisfied when the lights are on green and I can glide… well dodge through the cones, barriers, things in the way...
Woodlands Drive is soon set to be a Residental Permit area (outside of school hours) so I suspect it will be difficult for commuters to park outside the parking areas they have recently painted.
I have hinted, and by now a lot of you may have heard directly from Chris himself,t at the end of October, Chris’ Fruit and Veg shop will no longer be trading – yeah, it’s crap…. sorry to be so blunt but this is a case of people not shopping local, some of you may say he needed to diversify a little or spend some money on updating the shop; but everything needs money. After 33 years, Chris will leave our housing estate and if like me, you live on the Fairburn Estate this is going to be a massive loss as well as to some of our local businesses that Chris currently supplies to. What about Christmas trees and wreaths and flowers and eggs and Dumouchel bread….. I will truly miss him and his produce; I spend approximately £60 a month easily with Chris as I buy fresh and cook fresh and my children eat lots of fruit #sadtimes People have been in and asked why he’s closing, spend 50p a week and say, 'well I spend in here'. Unfortunately it's little too late. This is a huge case of if you don’t use it, we lose it. Hey ho, at least some are happy about Home Bargains coming, hey! *eyes rolling to the sky
More sad news that Cielo in Crossgates and Duncan Street went into liquidation over the summer, this must have been a sad few weeks for our lovely local family, The Castles, who put so much hard work and effort into wanting to emanate what we have in Garforth into other parts of our city. But please do not fear, if we keep using our local coffee shop here in Garforth and in the library, we have nothing to fear. #uselocal it pays.
There was hope of a fantastic project earlier in the summer holidays of working with Virgin Media and all their cable boxes. My idea was to give something positive back to community after lots of disruption when they dug up our roads and paths and I wanted to see if we could use the cable boxes and have them aesthetically painted to the area they are situated. For exampl, near the library, a bush, a flower bed, a shop, we could have some ideas like this
However, over the holidays Virgin team have had some thinking and they now feel that it would not be appropriate or a good time for them to get involved with such a project as the issues raised by the community, they have said
‘Unfortunately due to the amount of issues we have faced during the build process, we feel that it may divide opinions further throughout the community’
I’m not one for giving up easily, so I have gone to them with Plan B – just give me permission to use them then and me and team GFEAST will go from there
I can't put the pictures I have on my Pinterest page due to copyright issues, but if you have a look under, Local Projects on my Pinterest account under THOM you will be able to see what I'm thinking, you can also look online under painted cable boxes and you will see some fabulous ideas. There are book shelves, plants growing, large letters that wold be great near to a post box. Lots of lovely ideas that would compliment our town.
This project is a, wait and see what happens over time.............
Routine - back to normal
Kids are back in school and holidays are over, hopefully we'll start to see you all back using local businesses. August is a really hard time for all businesses as everything goes quiet. So please get back spending where your money counts the most.
The Choir Starts back next week and news will be released soon of our new Choir leader – come for a taster, it’s only £5 for the two hours, see if it’s something you will like – the choir are not a serious crew, but they are very well knitted family who open their arms to new members – come for a session next Wednesday at 7pm – 9pm , meeting James Jelliman our Arts Live Co-ordinator at Garforth Academy reception
We have held a few Garforth Feastival meetings over the summer, all our ideas and things we have learnt are putting us in good stead for July 2018, when you will see things added, changing and growing - the team I work with are fabulous, we all have the same goals and we all like to achieve and do good things - I like working with these people and they like gin too.
If you haven't had chance to look or seen it yet, have a look at the fabulous video that was created supporting the good of our feastival http://www.garforthfeastival.co.uk/
Home Bargain have officially been announced as setting up home next to Lidl. As mentioned in my post on Facebook a week or so back, I’m truly disappointed that planning has allowed this to happen. Before people start barking, I truly couldn’t care about Lidl, I think Lidl is a need as it will keep people from travelling further out of Garforth to shop at the lower cost super markets that have grown in many of our families lives. However, with a pub and now Home Bargains in place, what planning without any thought are creating a destination . With 134 free spaces, a pub, a shop that offers everything under one roof and a super market, do you truly believe that the good Garfonian will then come down main street to use other local businesses? As there is also 13,000 other square footage still to let, all they need to do know is allow a coffee shop
We are being taken over by too many large corporate companies, Costa, Dominoes, Greggs, Subway and now Home Bargains – will we just be like every other town? How sad we can’t be a little more individual and how sad that someone on twitter said, ‘ Hearing that home and bargains is coming to Garforth has made my life’.
*eyes rolling to the sky
Nothing much to report apart from as mentioned above about Chris’ Fruit and Veg, an application for a Physiotherapist is in to go in it’s place
Cooplands Bakers look like they’re getting a new shop front and some interior work that looks as though there will be more room to shop inside.
There’s also a few local businesses currently up for sale
You’re never too important to be kind to others
I'm off for a gin to three, and to get my eyes back to their normal position.......................
Until next week
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 18 years ago; you may have seen me around ?