Smile Power Day is the perfect excuse to shine your pearly whites and show off those dimples. And no, a smiley face or an emoticon won’t do! Not today, at least. The smile is a symbol of happiness and vitality, a beacon of hope and an expression of emotion. So just for today, drop the ‘:)’ texts and flash them a real smile. Nobody knows who came up with the idea of dedicating a whole 24 hours to the involuntary contraction of the zygomatic major muscle, but one thing is certain: we’re the only creatures on the planet that can do it. Whether fate smiled upon you or not, you can always find a good reason to smile. So grin from ear to ear, look on the bright side and smile your troubles away, just like the great Dr. Seuss suggested: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
A Friend of a Friend
What a great morning at Friend of Friend Networking meeting at Cielo. I met some really nice people, a mixture of local people and local businesses. You can see my little talk, which will give you some hints and tips of how best t use social media as a small business. A bit of understanding sometimes helps
Turn the sounds up a little so you can hear my dulcet tones
Yesterday - Alzheimer’s coffee and cake - What a fabulous day yesterday (minus the wind) that caused me some havoc – greenhouse blew over and soil pipe broke away – but besides that we had a wonderful lunchtime, eating cake which was kindly donated by Dumouchel and we drank lovely Tea and Coffee whilst creating some #garforthrocks – we had a laugh, we chatted, we created, we listened to music – all the good things to keep our minds active. We raised £61 + £15.25 in gift aid from just 2 hours of coffee and cake and it’s all going to the Alzheimer’s society -
Look what fun we had!
Celebrating local businesses
Some of you will have seen that Pease are celebrating 100 years on the 14th July - ONE HUNDRED YEARS, that's amazing for any business to achieve this longevity in a business, but more importantly an independent business that has a fabulous track record of family owners taking on the business, decade after decade. May the Pease family continue to be forever, in Garforth.
As well as giving £100 every month to customers, they will be celebrating BIG, on Saturday 14th July
'We are asking local businesses to donate raffle prizes to raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice and Alzheimer’s Society.
Hopefully the sun will be out and Pease of Garforth with the community’s help can raise a lot for these 2 charities.
Lots going on on the day , please like and share to keep up to date with things happening at Pease’s.
It’s also the community festival on Main Street so let’s make a great day and raise lots of money!!!!!'
As The Main Deal, I have donated 3 months membership, what could you offer as a raffle prize?
We will also see Cielo celebrating 10 years on Main Street on the 14th July (it's all happening in Garforth) Again 10 years for an independent business, especially Cielo with such a good ethos behind their business, the more we drink, buy coffee and tuck into their new lunch time menu, the more they can just keep giving. A social enterprise company at it's best - watch out for their event on the evening of the 14th July when their Acoustic Night goes large. Tickets on sale at the counter.
14th July is going to be great on Main Street, With Garforth Feastival market Stalls and celebrations and music; we just have to pray for good weather #everythingcrossed Garforth
Tonight Gin Friday at Quirky Ales from 6pm
Tonight - Ninelands Summer Fair from 6pm
Sunday 17th June - Fathers Day
Sadly, I didn't love my Dad, but the #thomboys adore there's and I look forward to celebrating all my husband's hard work, time, energy and love he has for our family with a lovely day out on Sunday. Everyone deserves a bit of me time, and my husband deserves this more than anyone, as he allows us as a family to be able to do lots of things
Buy local for your Dad this Fathers Day, eat local, drink local and the sun is set to shine. - Start with buying him Breakfast to take away from Freshly Made on Aberford Road, open from 9am - get your orders in 0113 287 3896
Until next week
Who's your best Friend? Are they crazy and fun just like you? What makes them your best friend? Besides the #thomboys this includes Mr Thom, my best friend is a the person I grew up with, the person that will, besides my family members, know me the longest and the best. My best friend was there when I made a fool our of myself in my teenage years, but luckily, growing up in the 90's there was not much online proof of silly behaviour to be documented; but she has the best memory !
Embrace your friends, they know too much about you to fall out with them
Welcome back, I hope everyone had a really nice half term break for those of you with Children or Grandchildren. The weather was much better, compared to this week,… just when we were getting used to it.
As always the first week back after school hols is always busy and, admin work demands attention, I'm needing to finalise my accounts for Business Works, my accountant. I like to get them in as soon as I can as it's another year done.
500 people have heard of it, have you? #Garforthrocks – Garforth Rocks has been created by the lovely, Sam Whitley, a local lady who you will have seen working in most of our local cafe's and, The Gin Shack; she’s the funny one who you can hear laughing for miles.
“Welcome to Garforth Rocks. Following on from successful groups around the country I thought it would be nice to bring some of the fun to Garforth.
If you have found a rock post a picture of either you and the rock or just the rock on this page with a description of where it was found. This will help the person who decorated it see how far the rock has travelled. Then either keep the rock or re hide it elsewhere.
If you want to take part then the idea is to decorate rocks, and hide them in various locations to brighten someone's day. Make sure to seal your masterpiece with sealer and write on the back of your creation..." Facebook #Garforth Rocks. Keep or Re-hide". Then hide your rock.
This is meant to be fun for every one of all ages and abilities. Get creative and get outside =)
Remember to be respectful of private property and businesses.”
Here's how to get involved
Next Thursday, 14th June, it’s Coffee and cupcake day in aid of, Alzheimer’s Society – I’m hosting a cake and coffee day in my home with some friends and family. My Granddad had early onset Dementia and I saw him change so much, it was such a sad few years for all of our family, and like any charity, if we can raise funds to help find a prevention and do so by eating cake, being with friends, laughing and enjoying life; which is always good for the mind, then we should get involved. I’m also adding the theme of #Garforthrocks. My dining room table will be full of rocks (bought from Pease) with Sharpies so people can create, colour and do something positive with their mind. I will let you know how much we raise and how many cakes we have eaten, next week. If we raise just £50 if would pay for a communication tool that uses symbols rather than words to help people with advanced dementia communicate.
This week I closed the doors on Garforth Hour. After 3 and half years of tweeting hours, it was losing it’s momentum and it didn’t feel productive anymore. Earlier in the year, I changed it to GarforthLife and to once a month to try and engage people more, but unfortunately I think it has just come to it’s natural end. The initial idea was to engage businesses and get them using and understanding twitter, which it did.. In that time we’ve been lucky enough to see great success, so many businesses working together, cross marketing. We had several businesses who took up sponsorship with Garforth In Bloom and I’m proud to say the initial idea for Garforth Feastival came from Garforth Hour, so it certainly had it's day, and a successful time it was.
However, all is not totally lost, I am supporting the networking event, A friend of friend which is run my Michelle Roberts who owns Savings and Scents, and she and a friend, run a monthly meet up at Cielo from 9.30am in the morning, the next one is Friday 15th June, and I have been invited to come along and to do a talk about social media and The Main Deal, I promise, if I' m talking for too long, just show me some cake! Everyone is welcome to attend, community and businesses.
Find out more here
Tonight, Gin Friday as usual at Quirky’s tonight with Rebecca at The Gin Shack
Tonight - Arts Live Take over At Chapel FM – Garforth Community Choir will be singing their hearts out at this Live event tonight, I will be attending as my Son is also in one of the Arts Lives Rock Band. It will be recorded and live streamed so I will also be sharing it live on FB this evening. Local people, great talent #thomboyrocks
Saturday 9th June – Garforth In Bloom Summer Fair please go along tomorrow morning and show your support for these wonderful volunteers
Saturday, 9th June At The Podger - South Africa vs England - match starts at 4.05pm watch live with their Multi screen sports wall and have a mouthwatering, fresh stone baked pizza too
Saturday, 9th June – Luke Flear will be playing at The New Inn in Barwick from 9pm – local pubs showing great local talent – well he is from Barwick but Garforth adopted him a long time ago
Wednesday 13th June from 6,30pm – Kirsty from KW Personal Training will be holding a PT session – Contact her to see if there any space available or when the next session will be http://www.kwpersonaltraining.com/Contact-Us.html
Affordable group personal training session
1 hour duration
3 people maximum
£10 per person
Come and get fit with friends 💪
Wednesday 13th June – Garforth Garden Centre have a Rose Talk and Afternoon Tea from 5-7pm -
The session is £15 a head – tickets available from the garden centre tills
Friday 15th June – A friend of a Friend Networking at Cielo from 9.30am
Come along to a friendly group where friends of friends are introduced for a cuppa and a chat. Let’s see if we can help each other in any way
Don’t forget its Father’s Day next Sunday, 16th June – Chocolates, Ales, Gin or Dinner? Buy it locally you know where they are.
I'm saddened to read that the proposed bar that applied for planning on Chapel Close has been refused. A small independent bar, that would be sophisticated, bring in new clientele to Garforth and would, most certainly, be the catalyst of new businesses wanting to be part of our night time vibe. I find it frustrating that massive corporate companies which create more traffic, noise and pollution seem to glide in... Does money talk?
We need to get the balance right and thus far, we are tipping over on large corporate companies. Why be like every other town?
Onward and upwards, I'll see how we can get these guys into Garforth, mission no. 465
Until next week..........
OK, who ordered the rain? We’ve had such wonderful weather over the last few weeks, but I hear it’s only going to be a blip and we’ll be back to warmer climates over the Bank Holiday weekend, MAY it continue!
This week has been quite busy. Meeting new potential shop owners (fingers crossed in planning) Feastival Meeting, sharing and updating systems with my new branding (website will be updated soon) and the letter writing for the new compliance with GDPR, now everyone has had one of these from someone! As well as talking to potential new members, oh, and having my roots covered and my nails done; well I do have to look after myself from time to time! Whilst also preparing for the half term with the #thomboys next week - #jugglejuggle
Not a great topic…..
Please be aware - when the nice weather comes along, so do potential Burglars. Shed and garage doors are open more and sometimes we forget to lock them up. We have had a few sheds in the area over the last few weeks that have been broken into. Be more secure and vigilant and if you see anything suspicious, you can go online and reports it to the West Yorkshire Police 101 Live Chat line – https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101LiveChat
By reporting it, you’re helping, as they can then collect a list of information that has come in if something, somewhere goes wrong and the information you give may be valuable.
On the subject of sun, please also be aware of children playing outside their homes. It has been lovely to see and hear kids playing in their streets in these warm evenings when they're back from school. It’s nice to see kids playing in the sun, in the fresh air and away from technology, let them play safely by driving careful in our neighbourhood
Tonight at Quirky’s every Friday is a Gin Friday
Saturday 26th May at The Gaping Goose from 12.00pm You can buy tickets on the door - Gaping Goose Music Festival Saturday 26th May £3 in advance £4 on gate in aid of raising money for cash 4 kids. Live Music includes, Luke Flear, KGB, Aviators, Dirty Vinyl and more. 4 different beers available outside from Leeds Brewery along with 6 other favourites available inside, also we have a prosecco bar, lager bar and a catering van. If you have ever been to our Beer festivals you will like the event too..
Thursday 31st May At Cielo at 10.30am – 1.00pm– Arts & Crafts
Grab a Coffee & let the Kids Create some fabulous Crafts upstairs at Cielo
We will have the sand art table and other crafts prices from £1
badges, sand art & more
pop along & do one craft or all of them entirely up to you, grab a coffee & pop upstairs & enjoy whilst we occupy the kids or your more than welcome to join in 😊
Sunday 3rd June at Cielo from 12.30pm – Retro Gaming upstairs with Tim East and the team
I see the foundations and bricks for the first few houses are already been cemented on Ninelands Lane, it doesn’t take long does it? I see they have moved the Redrow marketing cabin on Green Lane too. It looks like a shop, I wonder if they will sell ice creams!
Bad planning by National Rail
Quite a few people annoyed this morning that the new timetable didn't quite work out too well for East Garforth Passengers as the train that was meant to stop, didn't!
It's bad enough for a fair few people that they have taken a train off the timetable, Between 8-00 - 9.00 am and now the new timetable looks like this:
East Garforth to Leeds
8.16 and 8.47
Garforth Station to Leeds
8.12, 8.18, 8.28, 8.39, 8.43, 8.49
Very annoying for East Garforth Passengers, When there would be no possibility for local people to drive to Garforth to catch one of the many trains offered as there are no parking spaces for Local people.
I think National Rail need to understand that many local people use East Garforth Train station just as much as Garforth and most walk to catch the train.
I know these changes have been made nationally, but I wonder locally, anything that can be done about this? Especially when we get 241 news houses built with more people travelling from East Garforth as it will be the nearest station!
The Train strike certainly didn’t help yesterday either, 1 train every hour and then you can just have 2 carriages #sardinestocity
Our local councillors have been referring all complaints to our MP, please do send yours it ‘may’ help bring change!
May you have a fabulous bank holiday weekend and if the forecast is right, it should be a beer in hand, sunhat on and kids in the paddling pool kind of weather
We’ll be back on Friday 8th June
Until then………… Be kind, it's easier
#MEGARRY - Looking forward to watching Prince Harry (Henry) and Megan get married this weekend, I love a royal. Let’s enjoy our little wild Royal, settle down and get married. I Love our new royal family, they are already changing long term traditions and moving with the times, which the Royal family aren’t always known for wanting to change, so well done our new breed of prince and princess’ Using their platform to make changes and do good things.
Prince Harry says he doesn’t want the traditional fruit cake at his wedding. Prince Phillip says he doesn't care, he's still going! #boomboom
I’m so looking forward to releasing my new Logo online next week, but for all you lovely followers of the blog, here they are.
I have been working with Chloe and Abigail of www.buttercrumble.com our local designers and illustrators, who have designed this fun new logo, I think they have really captured me and The Main Deal very well. I'm looking forward to stamping The Main Deal over town more this year; look out for the face
Saturday 19th May from 10.30 -12pm - St Benedict's Church Hall will hold a baby and children's market selling pre-loved baby items
Saturday 19th May - Plant Sale from 10.00 at The Welfare Hall in Support of RNLI
Sunday 20th May– Plant Sale at FirthFields Community Centre
Sunday 20th May it’s national Pick Strawberries Day – sadly Brecks Farm no longer offer Strawberry picking anymore,. However, please check with Bert’s Barrow in Hillam, they will be our closest for fruit picking, they have said the second week of June is generally picking time, they will post on their facebook page when all is ready. - in the meantime, go and pick yours from one of our local greengrocers https://www.facebook.com/BertsBarrow/
Monday 21st May - Garforth Social at Garforth Library
1.30pm -2.30pm - go along and hear about the fascinating true story of one of the worst maritime disasters in UK waters in the 20th century
Monday 21st May At The Station House Café
In the morning at 9.30 with Nic Baker Independent Stampin up Demonstrator
In the evening from 7.00pm The Station House have their regular Open Mic Night
Please note The Station House will be closed next Bank Holiday weekend, therefore they are taking evening bookings for the bistro next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The Main Deal in Garforth has helped grow and support local businesses since 2014, and it encouraged the community to look local first. Garforth needs to add and improve it's night time offering, and by having an upmarket bar with food will only add to this much needed night time vibe. Keeping people local and using local helps give Garforth a sustainable future and the times it is open and the clientele it will bring will have NO impact on any other activities going on around it. We also like to encourage more independent businesses into the town. Having a balance is important and by adding this new venture, we start to set the balance back again. in my research I see, the applicant already runs a very successful business in another town which is proven to help bring local people together and eat locally which is very important for any town, as it encourages people to also use the other businesses, as it gives them another reasons to come in. We need a sustainable future for our families and younger generation. If planning allowed a huge Weatherspoons to be built that is next to a residential area with no parking facilities then this small bar requirement should be considered whole heartily.
If you agree with what I have added above, it would be nice to see more support of this new proposed independent business. Here’s the link - Today is the last day for comments
Until next week.............. Enjoy the sun
Sharing the information - Many people spend time stressing over their diet, and what they should or shouldn’t eat, mainly because today’s world is filled with magazine covers sporting perfectly toned, perfectly tanned models that constantly make us feel inadequate. The various health food fads that seem to come and go every few weeks definitely don’t help, either—as it turns out, a gluten-free diet is not particularly good for anyone who isn’t actually allergic to gluten, juice cleanses deprive us of the protein and fat our bodies need to function properly, and taking too many vitamin supplements just makes our urine expensive when our bodies flush the excess. If you, like many people these days, are beginning to feel disillusioned with all of these things.
I did promise myself this year, I would give more time to myself, by looking after myself more ( I always look after everyone else) So I went down the line of, Eat less, move more. I’m definitely moving more!
Just need to concentrate on the eating less.
How Fabulous was Tour De Yorkshire? I’ve never seen Main Street look so busy; ever! From the top to the bottom. People were so engaged, with the cycling, the media vans, chanting, cheering, waving and singing along to the bands that were performing from, Arts Live. Well done all, what a fabulous turn out, and thank you to Mr Sunshine who also made an appearance… he brings out the best in people.
Very important to also hear that our local businesses did really well – now we just need the same effort, sunshine and people for the 14th July please – Garforth Feastival. Find out who’s coming by clicking on the button
Tickets for LaterLive Evening event at Quirky Ales are £9.50 and available to purchase from Quirky Ales, Cielo, Pride and Produce and Garforth Library.
We welcome the lovely Michelle Roberts of Savings and Scents this week – a lovely local lady running this business from home and helping you save money – click to find out more
TONIGHT It’s GIN NIGHT. As from this week, every Friday is Gin Friday at Quirky Ales with The Gin Shack
Saturday 12th May at Winfield Camping shop
OPEN DAY TOMORROW ONLY at @WinfieldsOutdrs #Garforth, LS25 2AQ, where a member of our staff is available to provide useful information, demonstrations and #SHOW #DEALS on the #Cruiz 6.0EX, #Airedale6 and #Airedale7 premium #sixberth family - Air Tents - Here’s more about what the new range is http://www.outdoor-revolution.com/air-framed-family-tents.html
Saturday 12th May – Psychic & Mediumship demonstration at The Gaping Goose from 1pm-3pm Give them a call to see if there are any tickets left 0113 286 2127
Saturday 12th May – Luke Flear Live at The New Inn in Barwick in Elmet
Saturday 12th May Emma’s Dyspraxia Fundraiser over in Kippax Legion from 5.00pm
Friday 18th May – A friend of a Friend Networking will be held in Cielo from 9.30am - All welcome to pop for a cuppa and make new and existing connections with A Friend of a Friend. See if we can all help each other? Be it just for a chat with a friendly listening ear or getting to know what is on offer in our local community that might benefit you. You never know how A Friend of a Friend can help you. Looking forward to seeing you there.
I will be attending and will see you there – pop in and find out what it’s al about, and how as local people, we can help each other
I hear, 450Degrees Pizza Restaurant will be opening soon – keep following them for details of their launch https://www.facebook.com/450degrees/ In case you didn’t know anything about them, and I’m surprised you haven’t noticed. Danny, has made an amazing transformation of the old, Vape Lounge opposite Garforth Medical Centre, many of you will remember it as the old Indian restaurant, many moons ago. It looks so good and I’m dying to taste one of their rustic pizzas cooked in Betty!! Follow them to keep updated
I see The Gasgoine has shut its doors for refurbishing? It’s not a pub I have been in many times, maybe twice in 20 years! I hope its refurb will encourage more families to dine, especially with the new, FlyLine opening up within the next couple of months. It appears the play park will be gone, but who’s to say it won’t be better? I’m personally not keen on children in a pub if they’re not having something to eat, I think it’s because I spent some of my childhood waiting in a car for my Dad, who was in the pub! Not the best of memories! #80schild
Everything seems on schedule for autumn opening at Thorpe Park, Retail Park - It will be nice to have some brands closer as well as the cinema. I do like Brands, but I LOVE local more so not much will detract me away too much and I hope it won't detract you too much either.
Planning application still not been signed off yet for the new wine bar proposed on Chapel Close, I have everything crossed this goes ahead… more choice, options and fun for our night time vibe here in Garforth.
Enjoy the Euro vision song contest this Saturday, I love the campness, the fun and the madness! Can we make it with this years UK's song?
Until next week .............................
OMG – I don’t use this text speak very often. But OMG, Garforth is well and truly shouting and being well and truly put on the map of Leeds today for 2 reasons and it’s a Bank Holiday Weekend!
This Morning we woke up to the results of Garforth & Swillington Independent party bringing the results home; in a pretty big win, whatever you supported, the numbers of the independents should certainly shout out to all parties that they need to pull their fingers out in towns! and of course, we see TDY come through our streets.
This morning’s ladies race came through and Main Street was buzzing. What a lovely, lovely picture, to see everyone out cheering and whooping the ladies on. Spend money locally people this is a perfect opportunity to do so. Our local cafes are all geared up to feed you and there are some fabulous offers to have in all of them. Don’t forget the Station House Café and Freshly Made are also catering for your TDY needs.
We have a podcast up today and here are some bits of information about what’s going on as the itinerary for today’s events was only released last night; after my podcast recording.
Road closed this afternoon at 4.00pm until approximately 6.30pm
I am currently having my logo redesigned, freshened up by the lovely ladies that are, Buttercrumble and I look forward to showing you very soon. I love their quirky and happy illustrations and I hope they can capture me and The Main Deal premise in their design
Unfortunately our Guest Blogger still hasn’t been able to get to Garforth this week, as soon as does, I will be sharing his blog. It wasn't nice to hear that he Adam had his phone stolen in town this week, right under his nose as people chatted to him. Let's hope he has a much pleasa
TONIGHT At Quirky's, Gin Friday will be there with, The Gin Shack along with Food and entertainment, helping celebrate Tour De Yorkshire.
10th May at Kippax Band Social Club
💚👶🏼💛This 2 hour informal class is specifically designed for parents, grandparents and anyone who looks after babies or children. We will cover how to deal with choking, bleeding, head injuries, CPR and more. Pre-crawling babies are welcome💛👶🏼💚
18th May from 1.00pm to 3.00pm at The Gaping Goose
they will be holding their second Psychic & Mediumship Demonstration. Due to the popularity of the last event and people missing out due to it been sold out within a week we are bringing you another demonstration.
Tickets on sale at The Gaping Goose. You can pay and reserve online via bank transfer or paypal. – Contact The Gaping Goose direct to see if tickets are still available 0113 286 2127
A short but sweet blog this week as I too will be out with many other Garfonians celebrating, waving, singing, dancing and eating locally to wave in the Gents race this afternoon #TDYGarforth get tagging and we can share it all
#havefunlocally this bank holiday weekend
May the sun shine
Until next week........
..../// Yes, it’s Morse Code Day and believe it not, back in the day, I used to be a Morse Code competitor, I have certificates to prove it; not that I get them out very often, unless the conversation is really dull! #seacadetdays #dotdotdashdash
It’s been a bit relaxed this week but lots of Admin to catch up on, unfortunately, it’s left my back and neck feeling very stiff after sitting on my office chair for too long. I need a massage. Saying that, Zumba really helped this week, wiggling certainly helps the release of muscles and as always, I slept wonderful that evening… fun and wiggles with lots of giggles and a good night sleep.
So who’s been to the newly taken over, Pride and Produce? I’ve been twice this week already. A stop in on their day of opening for a coffee; a very nice cup it was and yesterday with the Garforth Feastival Team for a catch up and lunch. It was difficult choosing off their new menu everything looked so nice. I chose Curried Cauliflower Lebanese Flat Bread, it was one of the nicest things I have tasted in a long time; it could almost turn you vegetarian - go and pay a visit, it’s got a great menu with a nice choice for little ones too.
Talking of Eating local, I’m off to Cielo tomorrow evening for their by quarterly, Supper Club with Three Sisters. Come to think of it, I’m going all out vegetarian here too, it will be good to see how it compares. Healthy and clean eating, washed down with plenty of Gin…..Oops
As mentioned a week or so ago, there was to be a change of hands/name of a business. No sign up yet, but we see that RK Harris has been taken over by a new owner and they have called it, ‘Five a day’, you can follow them on Facebook.
I look forward to showing you all the great things from Michelle Roberts who runs Savings and Scents, a combination company selling you lovely items and solutions, Michelle is a working from home business. Michelle also runs A friend of a Friend networking group which she started this month. It’s all about connecting the community and have that meet up once a month to see if people can help each other out, community and/or business. I am of course, very much behind this idea and look to help promote and attend this too. The next event is at Cielo on the 18th May at 9.30am – come and join in
Nic Baker who is a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator – you may have seen posts in the past we have shared from, The Station House Café? Nic runs lovely workshops in and around the area for card and craft making
WOW are the only words I can say about our wonderful community spirit. The team of local people Clubs and businesses have really come together to make next Friday’s, Tour De Yorkshire a spectacular event. The shops windows, bikes, bunting, flags, knitted items and extra colourful additions to our street make us look fantastic, and it’s all been created by volunteers. We have to say a big thank you to Dorothy Anne’s, Pease and Cielo too for donating, paint, wood and items to help the community pull some of these things off… Love it when a plan comes together, well done all involved.
There’s always 1 or 2….. whose fingers are on fire for being a laptop warrior on local social media pages about how upset they are over this 1 DAY EVENT, I bet you’re a barrel of laughs at work! Embrace the good, be positive about the new, love change…………………… or perhaps take a holiday to a war torn country, it may be a good change of scenery : ) #happydays #bepositive
Guest Blogger – Adam Levine was due to blog this week, but unfortunately, he’s not been able to get over to Garforth this week and assures me, we’ll hear from him next week – I look forward to it.
Tonight until 28th April from 7pm at St Marys Church – It’s the 25th Anniversary concert -
Tickets are £5 from St Mary's Church or any SMYT Member
Saturday 28th – First Anniversary Garforth Peace Flame (England’s First world peace flame) from 2.30pm at The Miners Welfare Hall - Participation by local children and walk to the Peace Flame up by The Gascoigne. – be part of this lovely celebration
Monday 30th May from 9.30-11.00am The Station House Café will be holding a New Cra E Café with Nic Baker (as above) from Stampin’ up -
‘Please join me for one of my new sessions at The Station House. Drop in and make a handmade Carta (card) and have a hot beverage either as you craft or before / after - it's your choice! This is a leisurely and social session where you can drop in anytime between 9.30 and 11 am to make your carta. All materials to complete your carta along with any guidance / support will be provided. Hot drinks can be ordered from the cafe. It will take around half an hour to complete your carta so please allow enough time. Why not bring a friend and craft as you chat?
The cost of this session is £5, if ordering your drink before you make your carta please let the staff know you are here for the carta and bere session; I will collect any monies and settle up with the Cafe once the session is over.
This session is suitable for all abilities from the new to experienced crafter. We will be using Stampin' Up! Products. If you have any questions please either drop me a message via my page or email me at email@example.com.'
TDY – FRIDAY 4th May – YOU CAN NOT PARK on Main Street until after 6.30pm - Main Street will ONLY be closed to traffic, before, during and a little bit after the two races. We will see some great entertainment on Main Street in the afternoon from 3.30pm as Arts Live bring all our lovely local kids to show their talents in music - not that I’m biased #thomboy playing
I see planning panel have let more development go through in Garforth, again! A house on Wakefield Road is to be re-developed into flats.
Maybe, it’s just me, and this is my opinion of having dealt with planning panel before, but I’m starting to get a little bit paranoid, they’re just letting anything through. Are they using us as a toy in their political game? Many of the Councillors have been spitting and spatting at each other for months, and it is getting a bit tiresome, but it does make you wonder if they are doing things on purpose, we'll soon see if they don't let what we want through! #justsayin
Good luck to the boys from Tudor Sales and Lettings this week as they challenge themselves to the Peaks
“Tudor Sales & Lettings and Tudor Financial Consultants have been working closely with Macmillan and Cancer Research in order to help raise money and awareness.
On the 28th of April Sam Tudor, Ash Proctor & Matty Tudor will be walking the Three Peaks Challenge in order to raise as much money for the cancer charities. The target is to raise £1,000 and to complete all three peaks within 12 hours.
With your help, they hope to ensure more people have a chance to beat cancer. Any donation will be very much appreciated, the easiest way to contribute is by clicking on the following link; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ash-proctor”
Until next week - Be kind with your words
Welcome back, and welcome the sun, what a fabulous few days it has been, oh, how we've missed you, Mr Sunshine. Now, nobody complain, it was only a few weeks ago, we had snow and I know, it was Easter Monday and I travelled back on the A66 in thick SNOW.
A busy week back for most with the kids being back? For me, several meetings this week, 2 new members, a hospital visit (unplanned) and a table delivery to be up cycled, it’s definitely felt, back to it.
One of my lovely meetings this week, was with the lovely ladies at Buttercrumble, who are, our local designers and illustrators. The Main Deal needs a little re-branding and I think these are the fun and clever ladies who can give me what I want – a fun and positive fresh new look #watchthispace
Next week, you may see myself and a few of the other Feastival Team members putting up and handing out posters for the up and coming Feastival, on the 14th July. Make sure it’s in your diary, and let’s hope the weather is kind as we have lots of wonderful food and drink offerings and some fantastic talent both day and night – Remember you can now buy your, Later Live tickets for Quirky at Quirky and Cielo and they’re only £9.50 a ticket.
Introducing our new members this week
www.hipco.co.uk – A local building and glazing company. Hipco, is a fairly new company who already have a great reputation in Garforth. This small business was formed last year and they are going from strength to strength due to their team work, efficiency, affordability and most importantly their great work ethic. You can follow these guys on Facebook and Instagram too
Meet Kirsty Walker, our local personal trainer who has her own studio at home. Kirsty has been an established personal trainer here in our local area for over 7 years and has a great client base who can highly recommend her services. Not only does she offer one to one personal training, Kirsty also runs small group classes, so look out for them on our events page as well has her own Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Kw-personal-trainer-190750220989667/ and you can follow Kirsty on Instagram too
Find more about our local events here
I’m looking forward to introducing you to a man called, Adam Levine. Adam spends most of his day in a Wheelchair and he’s just started to write a blog about his travels, and how he gets about in and around Leeds. I have invited Adam over to see how he finds Garforth – I look forward to his Blog next week.
I see Garforth Garden Centre have plans to Change of use of ancillary storage building (old cafe) to form separate retail unit for fish and aquatic sales (Use Class A1) and alterations to window and door openings. - so now train shed as initially rumoured last year !
It looks like a new Microbar has also put in an application - interesting! Is our night time offering growing?
You may have seen RK Harris has removed its sign? There are changes coming, but information is still yet to be released on the new owners. It will remain as a Fruit and Veg shop.
As mentioned a few times on social media over the last two weeks, Heers Convenience store is up for sale. At £240k I think it’s a fair price as it also includes the flat above. It’s now out in the public domain for all to see. Personally I think this would make a great Deli, selling local produce, fruit & veg, good quality convenience food, local bread and beers etc. as well as a sweet offering for all the pupils that stop in for their daily sugar fix! I think with the new housing estate coming along, and this being the nearest shop, I think it would make a great investment.
You can contact the Agent directly Jon.Booth@christie.com
Link to property is here https://www.christie.com/properties/retail/a2jd0000000oivpmac/
I see there are plans on the Junction of Leeds Road onto Selby Road to introduce Traffic signals. Something I feel we have needed for a long time. It does become very difficult to get out of Leeds Road and when people get impatient, accidents happen. So I am one person who is glad these are happening. Works are due to start next month.
Be kind, you'll be amazed how it can make people feel
Until next week................
Have fun this Easter - Click on this weeks VLOG
Happy Sports Relief Day - Watch tonight on BBC 1 from 7.00pm at all the amazing people who have challenged themselves so much to raise money for such wonderful cause.
At school today parents were encouraged to run around school with their children. I did a little skipping to, Double Dutch team in the 80’s me you know; still got it! But boy after running around school a few times and donating money for doing so, I certainly earned my little trip to Dumouchel afterwards for a cinnamon roll…..
I had a nice evening with Gymophobics this week, helping in the celebrations of their first year in business. I can’t believe it’s been a year already! They have such great success stories and these successes are all over the wall for you to see on your way up the stairs to the gym. On Tuesday I watched this amazing and empowering video about how we, as women, should embrace our bodies and not strive for perfection, what is perfection besides other people’s opinions anyway? A touching and very moving story. I also enjoyed a lovely slice of birthday cake and a glass of Prosecco to help in the celebrations. Gymophobics is lovely place to be, with friendly and informative staff helping you on the way, with no opinions, just feel good tips and advice, helping you enjoy fitness and embrace your body.
2 Cakes down this – I’m embracing local
This week I went and had a new treatment. Not something I do very often, but I was intrigued by this treatment, Derma planing that which keep getting bandied about by the Celebs, again, not something I do often; take notice of the celebs, but it was something that seemed right up my street and would help my skin. Not having the best skin in the world, Derma Planing is a treatment that basically removes a layer of skin and hair fuzz with a small blade. I loved it, my skin felt fabulous later, and a few days on I have a new found love for my old products that weren’t working that are now helping improve my skin tone, once again – and don’t just think this is for women, Oh no, plenty of men are having it too – Speak to Jo Baker https://www.facebook.com/JoBakerPermanentMakeup/
Or Call 07495 825 950 Also known as Beauty and the Beard and open until 9pm most evenings
A bit about me...........
I don’t share myself very often; I’m always too busy sharing everyone else.
But from time to time, a fair few people ask how I came up with the idea of, The Main Deal, how did it start, is it my full time job?
20 years ago this year, I came over the Pennines from The Wirral (plastic scouser). People say the Wirral is the posh side of Liverpool, sadly, it really isn’t. It’s no different, we just perhaps finish our words with the appropriate endings, like D and G and not everything with Kkkkkkkk, i've never looked back.
After years of working in Leeds, and then being a stay at home for nearly 10 years, I lived my day differentrly in more ways than one, not only being a new mum, but it these changes that made me release what we had, here in Garforth. So much was on offer on our doorstep, when you have children, you tend to stay local and this in theory, was when my love for local was born. To cut a very long story short, I knew that when the youngest #thomboy was at school I would be slowly kicked, well tickled by the husband to think about going back to work. I knew whole heartily that I wasn't going to be back working in the city again. I wanted to run my own business from home to ultimately be here for my family. Having no other option of child care, I originally started with the small breakfast company called, Good Morning, some of you may remember or even ordered a breakfast online ? Good Morning, bought only local Garforth produce and then sold it as a breakfast, every Sunday morning. It helped local companies and told the community, how good eating local was.
After 18 months of running Good Morning, I knew I could now stretch further with the idea of cross marketing and letting people see local more and not just from the food aspect, we had so much more on offer. I love cooking, I love local and my background is IT, Marketing, Admin and I’m full of crazy ideas, so Good morning was the platform for The Main Deal being born and putting Good Morning to bed …….. 4 years on, I’m just as crazy and slightly mad, but The Main Deal gives me such satisfaction and not many people get that. It allows ideas to flourish, it allows me to do other things in our community and I meet some great local people. Most importantly, I’m building trust and great relationships in the community I love calling my home. #onwardsandupwards with your support too
There are lots of great things on over the Easter Holidays – always check out events on our Facebook page, the library has a few good things going on so do check them out on there.
Lotherton Hall have another new section in their wild life area, with a new Shop – so take your pennies.
Check out these websites to see what else is on over the Easter Break for you and your family
https://www.leeds.gov.uk/childfriendlyleeds - these guys are putting no some great things over the Easter Holidays, so go check them out
Go Ape in Temple Newsam is nearly complete and they will be releasing a date of opening very soon - follow their FB Page https://www.facebook.com/goapetemplenewsam/
Don’t forget to pay a visit to Dumouchel next week. Opening on Wednesday as we get closer to the Easter weekend - Chocolates are a plenty with some of Theirry's fabulous creations #uniqueandlocal
I hear, The Heers are moving home, including their little shop on Fairburn Drive. I will be sad to see them go, a lovely couple who I have always got along with as have my boys. It would be good for someone to take this on still as a convenience store but with may be more on offer such as the fruit and veg that is no longer available! #revamp please, someone.
More news to come when I return on Garforth Parish Council - where it's all at!
Last blog before the Easter Holidays – back on Friday 20th April
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?