It would be great to see all your jumper pictures if you have participated in today's #textsanta and you still have time to donate http://www.textsanta.co.uk/
Send me pictures of your jumpers to twitter @garforthtoday
1 more review next week and then I can start the countdown, kids off, family on their way, wine poured, food to be eaten and all bought locally
From my Blog back on 9th October, a reminder of what you can buy locally, there’s still time
If you’re looking for stocking fillers, have a look local at Ladycares, Dorothy Anne’s, the local beauticians, Cielo and Sweetshakes.
Unique gifts – have you thought of....?
Mr B’s Beard care with his well throughout bottle of beard oil including gifts sets.
Bella Rose design nails to what you want, #nailart – maybe a gift before Christmas for Christmas
Have a look round Pease shop with google+ at all the fabulous things they dohttps://plus.google.com/107674835386477119725/about
Buy 10 sessions worth of Zumba for someone, you pay for 9 and get 10
How about a class for your daughter and baby
A local meal voucher at La Bella Vita
A lovely Christmas Hamper from Chris’s Fruit and Veg shop on Fairburn Drive
Make up, LVL Eyelash or HD Eye brows done by our wonderful Chloe Yeatman
Gorgeous handmade Chocolates and cakes by Dumouchel
Hire your mum or dad a local gardener for the first few months of spring
Commission painting or drawing by John Harrison
Sessions at Garforth Golf Range – no membership required and open most nights until 9pm
Have you thought about hiring a local photographer for some family pictures to give to someone?
I really could go on and on and on.... oh ok, I will
Pyjamas, printers, haircare, beauty treatments, meat hamper, toys, hat, scarves, slippers, clothes, Crockery, cutlery, glassware, designer handbags, photography, balloons, cakes, stationery, headphones, perfume, aftershave, gift wrap, cards, Christmas decorations, games, bikes, scooters, accessories, tanning vouchers, designer sunglasses, shoes, socks...
In January you will see The Main Deal website with a facelift, as mentioned in last week’s blog, I have to move with the world of IT and it’s trends which as we know, move very quickly.
So what’s been achieved in 2105?
I now have 72 members on The Main Deal with the website hitting 47,000 and social media pages having a huge weekly reach, which tells me people are seeing on The Main Deal first, what’s happening locally through lots of
I Did a presentation to year 12 students of Garforth Academy about what’s local
Did a presentation to NET computer workshop
Cross marketed local companies who are now working together; helped local companies bring in new business.
Giving a platform for community to see what’s local; slowly changing perceptions
Helped a new local company believe in themselves and that they could achieve their goal by putting them in touch with the right people to make their ideas into reality which is now bringing in new business.
Teaching businesses about social media and how to make it work better for their business
Through Garforth Hour I have helped Garforth in Bloom with several new plots being sponsored
Through Garforth Hour I have helped introduce local businesses to each other and helped let them see what’s also local.
TMD has helped publicise many events on and around Main Street such as Garforth Arts Festival, Fiveraffle, Christmas Lights.
I am in partnership with Arts Live after putting together the Local Garforth Community Choir
I have been part of the Christmas Committee and helped as part of a team to create a better Christmas Lights Night
I have helped with advertising local events and money has gone to Globe Not for Profit charity
There are lots of ideas I have as how I could help more of the community and local businesses for 2016, but it needs you to keep looking, sharing and liking #watchthisspace
As a very small business, Christmas office parties are somewhat, very different. There’s no big venue, no posh frock, no trying to talk to the big boss because now you’re a bit squiffy you have confidence to do so. No winking at people in your office that you wouldn’t normally, and no silly arms dancing in the air as you try to sing songs that you have made your own words up to. I don't miss any of it
Listening to a bit of Frank Sinatra and #partyingalone
On this note, I wish you all a very Happy, Merry and relaxing Christmas – be kind, be positive and make it your New Year’s resolution to support the place you live; make it a better place to live
The next blog will be on Friday 8th January 2016
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 18 years ago; you may have seen me around ?