Give us a try this week
Are you ready for the half term, I know I am! It’s been a long 8 weeks, and my boys are on their knees, I’m dragging them out of bed, like a sack of coal from a mine! I'm also ready for Halloween, I love it! It’s funny, and the community are really good at coming out in force, dressed up, eating sugar and scaring people! We’re allowed to do it one day out of the year, oh no, two.... there’s Easter too! We’re only on this earth once, so you have to have a laugh and be silly
Please note: As keen trick or treaters, we only go to the houses that have decorations or pumpkins - we gather that if there is nothing in the house, they don't wish to join in, so please, likewise, be respectful
A bit about our new App – with more information to follow
Tonight 6.00pm Good Luck to Dan and Claire at Jigger and Jar tonight, their open night – I’m not about, but look forward to choosing a few cocktails next week.
Saturday 26th October from 2-5pm – Mane Hair Design Open Day. Let Karen know if you would like to attend by clicking on her Facebook page
Saturday 26th – Spooky Scarecrow trail starts at Lotherton Hall
It’s back and beware we aim to scare! The ever popular Spooky Scarecrow Trial takes visitors through the haunted woods of Lotherton and promises to be frightening fun for everyone. Spot the scarecrows as you tiptoe around the estate, just make sure you don’t wake them up! Look out for spooky spiders, ghoulish ghosts and wicked witches, hidden all over the house and grounds of Lotherton. Visit ‘Skeletown’ to see the scary side of the Wild West and get involved with creepy craft activities every day of the holidays. Dressing up encouraged for all of the family. Don’t forget to say ‘boo’ to the animals at Wildlife World and see if you can spot them munching on a famous Halloween treat, pumpkin! The Stables Café will be open until 5pm and serving treats to keep your little ones fuelled throughout the day. Last entry to the estate is 5.30pm
Saturday 26th 7.30pm at The Welfare Hall - Garforth in Bloom, Brass Band Concert with Garforth Brass - Tickets available at SPT Uniform shop £5 – it’s really a good night out – enjoy local and help raise some great funds for our lovely volunteer group
Monday 28th October – 1st November 11am -12.30pm at Few Gifts Half Term Halloween Craft Club with Penny from Saint Roberts Arts. Come and join Penny for a fun and friendly creative session at FEW Gifts this half term where you'll be making a variety of Halloween themed crafts including these cute little ghost t-lights. While the young ones are playing in the Art Hub, the older generation can relax and have a cuppa in the Gift Shop if preferred. The sessions run from Monday to Friday, 11am-12.30pm all materials are included. *£10 per session* get your tickets online www.fewgifts.co.uk
Monday 28th October 1st November – at Few Gifts 1 hour play with clay with Penny from Saint Roberts
Follow oWednesday 30th October Invasalign Smile Day at Garforth Dental practice 9am-7.00pm
Book in for a 30-minute Invisalign assessment and get a free 3D iTero scan of your mouth to see how we can improve your smile! If you go ahead with treatment you will receive free boutique whitening and £500 off your treatment. www.garforthdental.com 0113 286 7369
Wednesday 30th – Have your say – Activity Day 1.00-4.00pm Firthfields Community Centre
Come along during the half term holidays to sample lots of different activities. You will then have an opportunity to have your say and design your own projects that you would like in your community. You can even meet your local councillors!
DJ skills with DJ school
Drama and Spoken Word with Brave Words and Fall into Place
Sports with Leeds Rhinos
Biscuit Decorating with Leeds Youth Service
Cooking skills with ACES Education
Be on the radio with Chapel FM
Cycling with LS-TEN
and lots more...
The event is FREE ENTRY no need to book. There will be refreshments and a photo booth all free of charge. Please bring your Breeze card, under 11s to be accompanied by an adult
Thursday 31st 10.00am -2.30pm Halloween Half Term Workshop SmartyPants Studio
Let your children get their spook on this Halloween on our fun filled, activity filled half term workshop. Let them get funky and gunky making Halloween slime, scare their friends with wooden 3D spider mobiles, decorate magic spell books with room to hide all their secrets in the hidden void inside and create wooden wand pencils.
All materials provided
Children to bring their own packed lunch.
£35 Booking essential
Email Kirsty : email@example.com
Thursday 31st October – at The Gaping Goose 2.00-4.00pm, Children’s Halloween Party
Children's Halloween Party
Thursday 31st Oct.
14:00 - 16:00
Prizes to be won,
Hot Dogs for the Children,
And each child will leave with a little goodie bag.
Only £5.00 per child.
Please call the pub of contact us via out Facebook page to book your tickets. 0113 286 2127
Click on events on our Facebook page to access these up and coming events
Nothing new in planning this week, but hearing on the grapevine the new proposed business taking over the old Reed Rains premises will just be a bar and not a coffee shop!
Also – Looks like there are 2 potential new owners for Neil’s Greengrocers and the old Shed premises have been painted, I suspect we will have to watch this space – are we going to see a great new eatery?
We need between 6-7 places to eat and drink, locally, this then gives us choice to remain in our hometown, it’s cheaper than the city and you can walk home – let Garforth be a place you want to be and the night time vibe, will bring day time footfall
We’re changing...... and it's all good
Until 8th November, shop local, go on, spook yourself out
I love it when Facebook makes changes; says no-one ever! They've done their usual thing, where they change one thing and then another thing goes wrong, or just simply disappears! For some reason being able to schedule posts has gone missing as, has the ability to schedule multiple dates for events! Let's hope they do something to bring these features back. grrrrrr
Well, what a busy week it's been, both business and social, only 1 week to go and it's half term. It's been a very long 8 week term... i'm as tired as the Thomboys. I always wonder why I’m not a size 8, I do so much running around; business, pleasure, family and life....!
I’ve heard some great news from one of our local artists this week, a fabulous commission that we will, all be able to see. He can’t say anything else until it’s done, dusted and signed off – I will be very excited to see it, and tell you all about it!
So nice to see the signs for Jigger & Jar, the cocktail bar now up. They have been busy installing lots of great things inside and looking to open soon – as soon as I hear when, I will let you know. Give them a follow on Insta and Facebook
We welcome The Flower House Garforth this week as one of our new members, check out all they do https://www.flowerhousegarforth.co.uk/default.aspx
We also welcome back, David Woodhead from DMC Tiling & Plastering, David went to work on a contract doing wet rooms, but is now back working fully for himself, so it was really nice he asked to come back as a member,
he comes highly recommended for his work, check out his picture gallery
There has been lots of new enquiries coming in this week, I suspect businesses are excited about the new App that's coming!
I met with the lovely new owners of Predator Games this week, you may have just seen them just pop up at the top of Main Street! They’ve just been with us for just over a week, previously resided over in the shopping centre in Crossgates but decided they really liked Garforth and wanted to be part of our town. They have been running a games shop for just under a year, it is a family run business and managed by Roy – so go in and say, hello. They sell the latest games and consoles and retro games starting from 50p, they have a mini Retro arcade machine, they sell and buy Pre-owned hardware and do trade in’s for cash or store credit. As you can see, they sell merchandise too and you can Pre order for Christmas, they would love your feedback and are open to suggestions; they even have a drinks fridge, do call in, have a look round and have a good chat. It's nice to have something different on Main Street. Give them a follow
Pease, not all plastic
I had a great conversation with Matthew From Pease this week and how they have plans to concentrate on being even more plastic friendly, by giving people choices and options. This week, they have added to the mix, an option of cement, this bag is made of paper. They still do all other options, but would like to give tradesman better choices. Do you know they sell a lot of their small parts lose…? Not their own small parts, obviously…! Other DIY stores sell everything in little plastic bags, but Pease do many smaller items you can just pick up. Pease also send all their polythene and plastics to be recycled in Sherburn to a company called Leopard Recycling – so they’re trying to do their bit, They have plans to introduce other products in the future that have no single use plastic, such as their very own, Pease Tote bags – It’s nice to see local companies making small changes, which is a big start. Matthew says “If your wanting a premium cement and also want to do your bit for the environment, we now stock the all new hybrid multicem cement in a paper bag. Unlike the old paper bag this is wax coated so is slightly showerproof and 50% tougher than the old paper bag. Did I also mention its CHEAPER”
Tonight, at St Gemma’s Shop Main Street
Fashion Show from 7-9pm – Winter fashion, Designer Labels, Christmas jumpers, party wear and more…. A good night and a good cause – Tickets £2.00
BabyccinosMonday 21st October 9.30-10.30am Cielo Express at Garforth Library - Pre-school craft, stories and songs session. Enjoy a coffee whilst you're little one gets creative. All welcome.
Tinies Halloween Session
Monday 21st October 9.30 – 10.00am Garforth Methodist Church with Katherine from Funky Jives - All our usual movement to music using props but with a Halloween theme. Fancy dress is encouraged but please bear in mind the children will be moving around the room near others and going down onto the floor. Siblings younger than 12 months are free. Older siblings can join in for half price or watch for free. Tickets online
Followed byUnder 5’s Halloween session 10.10 – 10.50am All our usual movement to music using props but with a Halloween theme. Fancy dress is encouraged but please bear in mind the children will be moving around the room near others and going down onto the floor. For the Under 5’s session there will be a short story and song session at the end which you’re welcome to stay for. Siblings younger than 12 months
Tuesday 22nd - Cielo Express at Garforth Library 12-00-3.00pm Drop in to do some of our jigsaw and enjoy a coffee and a chat whilst you are here.
Wednesday 23rd at Kidzone 9.30-10.30am Under 5’s Halloween session
– All our usual movement to music using props but with a Halloween theme. Fancy dress is encouraged but please bear in mind the children will be moving around the room near others and going down onto the floor. For the Under 5’s session there will be a short story and song session at the end which you’re welcome to stay for. Siblings younger than 12 months are free.
Purchase tickets for all three Funky Jives classes here https://funky-jives.class4kids.co.uk/info/178?fbclid=IwAR0Ch5ZGk5_arLkaVtyaEGbBOEWOwidSk7jbOLGHo1GA6OMgxLi81F-SERs
Wednesday 23rd - 7-9pm – Paint and Prosecco Evening with Kirsty at SmartPantsArt
'Join me for my another opportunity to paint ‘The lady with the red umbrella’ Have fun exploring how to paint using cardboard strips, sponges and a tooth pick! You’ll be guided through the whole process in a fun, relaxed environment.
Suitable for all abilities including complete beginners.
This time the evening will be held at Few Gifts Art Hub, Lotherton Way, Garforth.
Wednesday 23rd October 7-9pm
£20 pp contact Kirsty at firstname.lastname@example.org
A fair bit of movement going on in the building behind, Tudor Properties, but nothing in planning! I had heard rumours it was going to be used for storage, but there does seem to be a lot of stuff coming out!
A large Dental and Orthodontist practice, Portman Healthcare Ltd have put in quite a substantial planning application to take over a large chunk of the building, where The Original Factory Shop currently resides! This will be interesting to see what happens here, does this mean the end for TOFS? Check out the plans https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PYH7DVJBGR700&activeTab=summary
If we had an empty high street, closed down and boarded shops, not much going on, you would be able to drive straight up to the top of Main Street with ease, no waiting or pulling in to let cars pass or having to be patient – which would you prefer?
Until next week ...
Apologise for last week - it appears half of our blog went missing, it has now been re-added!
Yesterday was World Mental Health Day
It is only as we all acknowledge more about our health and minds, does it give us time to think more about ourselves, and how much we all need to focus on us and not always everyone else. I’m a Mother and Wife first, then a business owner second, which doesn’t always leave time for me, and as many mothers will agree, when we do give ourselves time, we feel guilty! I think we need to revaluate ourselves and take more care, in order we can do the other things we need to do first, better!
If people were kinder
if people smiled at others
if people took more time to talk
if people looked after people
if we sat down and gave more time to one another
if we're just kinder
We would have a happier society, teach our children it's not ok to be horrible to others, it starts from the bottom and works it's way up to be a healthier adult
be kind, help each other we're all in it together
Good luck to two local Garforth sisters on Saturday, who are contestants on Danny Dyers new game show. They’re also known as, Sisters of No Mercy and they have their own podcast on iTunes – read more about Saturdays show, The Wall. https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/whats-on/leeds-sisters-have-bucket-list-moment-first-contestants-new-danny-dyer-bbc-game-show-wall-679805?amp
Talking of Podcasts – watch out for our very own, coming soon, with locals you will love and know - we’re thinking ‘Folk of Garforth!’ - We would love to have your questions serious, and fun – so please send an email to email@example.com for all your local questions to be answered and we will do our best to add them in - keep your ears peeled
Which leads us nicely onto
The new Audiology practice is underway, taking over the old Shake-it-up shop, we hear the owner is lovely, kind, and customer service is second to none – Welcome Victoria to Main Street – we’ll keep you updated on our social media pages as we share the lead up to her opening the shop – great for lots of people in our community and something very different. Even more reasons to shop local. https://www.facebook.com/theaudiologypractice/
Adding to the plenty of more new businesses underway on Main Street with Lilypops Boutique, The Cocktail Bar, a new bistro and bar and Predator Games UK, we just need another car park now. Wink, wink, nod, nod! – it’s all happening
When our new updated website is up and running on WordPress, (my fingers are tired from inputting data) we will also have an App! Yes, an App that will allow you to search for local companies and events very quickly. More to be revealed very soon, but I’m very excited to be working with Matt again from LS25 WebDesign who is great at understanding what The Main Deal concept is all about, as he’s been with me right from the beginning. I will be happy to shout from the roof tops when we are all updated. Always here to make your life easier, locally
Talking of Apps – did you know?
BorrowBox which is part of the library, is an App you can download books and audio books for, for free which are great for kids and listening in the car on a long journey – handy for October half term!
Leeds Bins is also a great App for adding your weekly bin collections. Put in your address and then it adds all the dates, when your bins are to be collected on your road each week, giving you a reminder to put the right one out; it’s better than waiting to see which one your neighbour puts out first
Did you know we have a page for local jobs? we currently have 3 vacancies in our area, Head Teacher, Dental Practice Nurse and a Tropic Ambassadors position - have a look: https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/local-jobs.html
I was so pleased to see this week that one of our very own lovely girls from Garforth, Lily Rowe was out in force in London this week as part of the Climate Change protest, she was on the national news wearing her homemade dress of plastic rubbish that she found on her street. What an impact she had and how fabulous to ask the very poignant question, ‘How long can we keep going for?’ Well done Lily
Tinies Halloween Session at Garforth Methodist Church
Monday 21st October 9.30 – 10am With Katherine at Funky Jives All our usual movement to music using props but with a Halloween theme. Fancy dress is encouraged but please bear in mind the children will be moving around the room near others and going down onto the floor. Siblings younger than 12 months are free. Older siblings can join in for half price or watch for free.
Road Closure on Ninelands
Ninelands Lane will be closed on Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th October so access Thank - Access to residents and Leisure centre will be available
I’ve been using this new page called One Network which allows you to see all the roads, the planned roadworks, dig ups It’s free to join and you can see weeks in advance – might be worth a follow
Great to hear, The Podger are soon to have a facelift and will be bringing more on offer too - Sizzle – watch this space as it transforms into something even better!
If you are out tonight at Leeds Light Night, enjoy, this year there are 60 light installations, you can download the App for just £1.99 or buy the booklet on your travels through town – I might see you down there
Until next week – be kind to people
Well that was 2 days and September was gone! The cold mornings are setting in and we’re feeling it. Whilst out on the school run, I walk past houses with curtains still shut and look on with envy as I imagine people are still tucked up in their warm, cosy beds, and as I make my way back home, people are starting to move, wake up, look out of their window to see what the weather is doing, and show people, unknowingly, bits we don’t want to see…. close your curtains.
I feel the lead up to Christmas gets earlier every year, even Dumouchel have their Christmas menu's out for food ordering; I’ve picked one up.... obviously!
I do love Christmas, the lead up it sometimes better than the day itself as I run around like an idiot making sure everyone is ok, this year I intend to drink a glass of something when I know they are, ok…the turkey will taste amazing!
Of late, I have been Vlogging on my personal social media pages; well it is called FACEbook! Being 45 and touching with a stick, the ugly MENopause, I feel it is my duty to share what I have been going through in the lead up to this ‘thing’ every woman fears; well I say fear, they just know it’s coming, don’t know when it’s going to hit and don’t know how hard it’s going to hurt! What they don’t tell you is that you may have years of symptoms beforehand; Peri-MENopausal. See how the word MENopause it’s got MEN in it, can’t they have it, it’s clear to me! Anyway, if you see me talking to myself or rolling my eyes in and around Garforth, I’m having a moment of unreasonable behaviour where everything just gets on my nerves; it’s not me, it’s the hormones!
I had a great night out on Wednesday with my Zumba masseef at The Station House Cafe. I had Pollo Alla Crema with Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables , Oh my goodness it was so tasty, I nearly licked the plate; you can take the scouser out of Liverpool..! Did you know they are open from Tuesday evenings now too - Eat in or order a pizza to take away #happydays 0113 286 6322 and enjoy Tuesdays with their 'Cheeky Cicchetti ' nights
I had a lovely email from a young lady this week, who went to Garforth Academy, she now resides in London and studying a masters in journalism - she is doing a piece on Garforth, I think it will make her feely homely writing about her home town.
She is writing a positive article about businesses in Garforth and asked me a few questions, these were my answers;
2. What do you think are the reasons for some local businesses closing down in Garforth? Over the past few years, we have been lucky enough not to lose too many, however we have lost a few important ones. It has always been my mission to get our local businesses using social media well, getting them online, helping them understand how it works and teaching them they best way to use it, consistently as this is how people now search - I feel if you don't connect with the people, they can't see you, they don't look for you, and businesses are still in this day and age, waiting for that passer-by. We also need a balance, and variety, sometimes influencers have let things happen without long term thinking, and shifted the balance by letting bigger chain stores move in, also creating an out of town location, which doesn't give people a reason to come to the high street.
3. Do you think it’s a particular type of business that has more longevity (and if so why/why not)? creating a night time vibe, brings day time footfall and I have lots of plans to make this happen. If we create a place people want to be with friends and family, then they come back for other things. I also feel Planning should be very careful what they let through, not too much duplication and with long term thoughts about other long-standing businesses.
Friday 5.30-9.30pm - Pie & Peas Pop Up at Quirky Ales with The Gin Shack The Gin Shack pop up Gin bar at Quirky Ales, Ash Lane, Garforth. A great way to try a nice selection of local and artisan gins every week. Join us from 5.30pm. See you there! No tickets required but if you have a special occasion and would like to reserve a table in gin corner, please message and we can organise it for you! PIE & PEAS FROM 6pm-8pm. Message to reserve yours! https://www.facebook.com/QuirkyAles/
Saturday 5th October 12pm - 3.00pm - Discover Vintage Open day at the showroom - Join us at our latest Showroom Open Day to showcase our latest Vintage and Mid-century furniture, lighting, ceramics and artwork for sale. Discover Vintage Interiors, Unit 13 New Hold Industrial Estate, Garforth. Leeds, LS25 2LD
(opposite the Aagrah, turn left into the industrial estate and then left again and DV is on your right)
Friday 11th October – The Gaping Goose 5-9pm
So this will be the last Pizza Box Co. night for this year.
Please all come and have one last Friday Pizza at Gaping Goose.
Please all spread the word.
Children Christmas Party for Children's Heart Surgery - This is being run by lots of local Heart families in and around Garforth and everyone is welcome to this great event
Saturday December 14th 2019 from 12.00pm until 4.00pm at Garforth WMC - this promises to be a great event and raising much needed funds for a fabulous charity
Nice to see some movement in the new Cocktail bar/lounge has begun this week
As mentioned in my previous blog, there is a planning application gone in for another cafe - if you feel you want a say in what comes to our high street, please do add your comments - look under Public access and place in Current and Garforth and you will find the details for 35a Main Street - https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/
P.S. Look our for the Audiology Practice !
Until next week...
Happy Friday everyone. I think I have just about recovered from my Mumcation, and what a fabulous weekend it was. The sun came out on Saturday, the sun cream was applied and then Sunday, the rain followed and we hid in jumpers, but it didn't stop the chat, the laughs, the wine and the eating. I would highly recommend doing this with your friends once a year. Start by putting a small amount of money aside each month and name a date, all you need is a house and a hot tub!
What a sad week for Thomas Cook, all their crew and all their passengers. When a long standing company fails, it has a huge long term impact on people,. However if we look at the bigger picture, it is people's habits that ultimately have an impact on people. When we do everything online, big old fashion British institutions like Thomas Cook, BHS, Woolworths etc collapse. It's down to us. If these bigger companies are closing, then its worrying for our smaller businesses.
It was sad to read on social media today that as of 5.00pm tomorrow, Neils Fruit and Veg shop will close. Unfortunately they have tried many things to make a go of it on Main Street, but have been unsuccessful. I know we have had a fair few Greengrocers take on this space but also, they have not been successful. Perhaps a change of use is needed, a bit more variety perhaps! We wish Neils staff, luck in whatever they do next.
It also brings me onto this, if we don't use it, we lose it
Friday 11th October 10am-4.00pm with Smarty Pants Art - Join me in the studio making these super cute needle felted toadstools in a terracotta pot. Learn a new skill, meet new friends and have fun in a relaxed, friendly environment. All materials, tea/ coffee and biscuits provided. Bring your own lunch. £15pp Booking essential Contact Kirsty; firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her on Facebook
Saturday 12th October - Paint a Munch! At Few Gifts 11.30-1.30pm Learn to Paint - Edvard Munch a master of expressionism! In this session you will explore painting with flowing lines to create dramatic imagery. Juxtapose a dramatic piece with a happy piece.
£20 includes all materials plus tea, coffee and cake!
To book please contact Linda on 07834825134
or via email email@example.com
I see in planning this week that Reeds Rains old premises have finally put in an application. Unfortunately, it's an application for ',Change of use of estate agent (A2) to coffee shop/drinking establishment (A4)' these are my comments on the planing application.
Rumour has it - As Precious Bridals at the top of Main Street has left! Predator Games in Crossgates will be taking over the premises. I can not see anything in planning as yet, but with it being retail, it may not not need, 'change of use' so we'll just have to see what happens here
An application for EXPERT ORTHODONTICS LIMITED has been put forward to take over one of the units on Fusion Court, Aberford Road, which is just after the Toll Bar Garage on the left. Not sure yet if this will be NHS or Private Orthodontists
As above, we will now see more empty premises where Thomas Cook used to be, as well as Shed (barbers) and Neils Fruit and Veg, there are a few premises up for rent, who will take them on?
Until next week - look after the local
This weekend is my annual, Mumcation – it’s one of the best things in life. As a Mum, a Wife and the person that, ‘holds it all together’, being just me, with my best friends is the best medicine I can give to myself. I am so lucky to have such a good relationship with the people I went to school with and who know me inside and out – here’s to another year of laughs, love, fun and making more memories.
I have found so much more out on Ancestry this week, it appears a lot of my ancesstores on my Grandads (Mothers side) and both my grandparents down my father’s side all came from Yorkshire, So it’s clear, I’m in the right place.
It was sad to receive an email from Sheila this week, who is one of the volunteer counsellors at, The DaySpring Counselling Centre. After many meetings, thoughts and many years, they are having to close the centre down. It is always sad to hear of a business closing, especially when it has been here so long and been instrumental in helping people - find out more https://www.dayspringchurch.co.uk/counselling-centre/ they will remain open until the end of the year.
Do you know the excuses that people use to avoid shopping local?
I might not be able to park
Its carnage getting down that road!
Church Lane, you have to wait
I can’t be bothered
All of the above can be daily issues, wherever you go, don’t let these be the reasons why businesses close.
This is why, we should try .....
Nothing really to write on the blog about, a few changes requested for properties on the Redrow Estate, and extended section at the Mirchi restaurant in Swillington and The Podger looks to be getting some new signs.
Until next week... when hopefully, I will have recovered
Hug your boss day - did you hug yours?
What a fabulous week, celebrating my wedding anniversary, and my husbands and my birthdays. We’ve made it an expensive week for when the Thomboys are older! Presents Galore.
At the weekend we took the family to Temple Newsam and it was nice to see Garforth Arts Club exhibiting their work. My son bought a lovely pencil drawing of a parrot; he’s the Garforth bird whisperer! And it was lovely to be able to buy our 5th piece of local art too. Do you know that Garforth Art Club have been going since the 1970’s. They are such a lovely group with a real mix of ages and abilities. Find out more here, as they are keen to get new painters on board. They meet once a week at Halliday Court, just off Main Street.
Talking of Art, I attended a wonderful evening on Wednesday at Few Gifts, Garforth Art Hub with Kirsty from Smarty Pants Art along with my Zumba crew. We painted and drank, yes drank wine, whilst painting a picture by Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter - it was so much fun and I released how much I missed being creative. I hadn’t picked up a paint brush since my GCSE art days, and now it’s given me the bug. We’re already looking into organising another session with Kirsty. – Have a look and book on, the next session with Kirsty will be at Freshly Made, next Wednesday, 20th September. It’s only £20 , all materials are provided and you just need to BYO. https://www.facebook.com/events/662415470928548/
This week I received my DNA results from Ancestry. I have always been keen to know my Fathers Blood line down his father’s side as he was never mentioned on his birth certificate and my father and his twin sister were separated and adopted at 3 months old. They found each other many years ago, and ironically, we also found out his mother (my grandmother) was from Penistone, had the twins in Liverpool, came back and married again, and had two more children, one who now lives in Swillington! Now isn’t that a strange thing. So not only have I received my DNA results, to which is tells me I’m 74% British, most of my DNA is in Yorkshire and Surrey! So now there’s so much more digging to do – what family secrets will I reveal?
Whilst everyone arrives and settles hot drinks and cake are available. We welcome everyone with our 'Hello song' and then immerse ourselves in interactive story telling using scenery, messy play, textures, music, and scents to captivate your child's imagination. and inspire communication. We then take time for parent and child to connect through shared activities using themes from our story that are designed to develop the building blocks of talking. Information and handouts are provided to support this. Finally, we finish with songs about the story.
Booking in advance online. Introductory offer of £35 per child and buy 1 get 1 free for twins (please email for the twin offer).
Tickets (copy and paste)
I have been asked by our ward counsellors, through Leeds City Council to take down the LCC council logo’s from my website, they were ‘adamant’ I do not use them. Even though permission was asked and granted several years ago, so we could put them, with the many others under ‘Working with’, as I share all the local information from our council pages and information sites and library for FREE, which in turn brings numbers and people to events and activities! I was a bit taken aback as to why they are adamant I take them down! Anyone’s guess as to why, but it doesn’t look like I’m going to get an explanation, how rude! Maybe they will return we when we look at making The Main Deal a social enterprise!
Nothing new in Planning this week.
Treat people with kindness, because being rude, makes ‘you’ miserable!
Until Next week...
Welcome back to the Blog, it’s been a while, but the time has flown! I hope you all managed to get away over the summer, even if it was just for a few days to change the scenery, and switch off.
Grab yourself a drink, we have a lot to get through - happy reading
The first week of the summer holidays, we managed a few days away in Whitby; and then this happened!
Meet Winston, he is a very funny, bitey little fluff ball. We picked up our new recruit on 9th August and have so have been stuck in for most of the holidays until it was safe to go out. Winston is a Cavapoochon; a what, I hear you say? A Cavapoo with a Bichon Friche basically, a posh mongrel! My family have wanted a dog for so long, and it was a long time before I was pressured , forced and won round! So here he is. So far, he’s been a great addition to our family and is great company in The Main Deal office. You will see us round and about Garforth, when his legs can walk more than 15 minutes!
Anyway, a lot has happened in Garforth since the summer break, a new business opening, with Refill and Go, and what a great shop it is, not only does it have some wonderful things, but all the artwork was created by one of our fabulous local artists and creators, Penny Rowe; you know how much I like keeping it local and cross marketing businesses. If you haven’t yet paid it a visit, please do drop in. We are very lucky to have this great independent business in Garforth.
The old premises at Shake it up, also has a new tenant! This is not food related, and it something that we’ve never had in Garforth before. To give you a little heads-up, a lot of her customers will be so glad to HEAR she is here, so wait and LISTEN and see what comes along.
Everyone keeps asking me about the Cocktail Bar/Lounge. I have recently spoken with Dan, one of the owners, they are just finalising some paperwork and then we should hear more details, in the not too distant future. There are rumours they were unable to get a license, I can happily confirm, this is not true.
As mentioned in one of our previous blogs, planning was approved for the bar and bistro in the Hydroponics building, things have been quiet here and I haven't yet been able to connect with the new owner! Another planning application has also gone in for this on 29th August; I think it’s for some changes to the building itself, doors, windows, access etc, it’s looking good though, a bar downstairs and a bistro upstairs!
Reed Rains old premises have been under offer for a while, yet, still no sign of movement.
Lilypops Boutique will soon be on our doorstep. Vanessa the owner is a lovely lady and really knows her stuff, which is really great when opening a new shop. The shop will be situated upstairs next to Gymophobics where you will also find lots of other great businesses, this area is really full of businesses now, so go and have a look. You can access the upstairs by the front door next to Lee The Greengrocers/Co-op. In the meantime, follow Vanessa’s shop on Facebook until she’s opens on Main Street, as you are able to purchase items now, and she delivers in Garforth for free. - https://www.facebook.com/lilypopsboutiquex/
GFest was just brilliant? Such a good day and so glad to hear they have raised £37,775 ‘in a day’. Well done to all our local community for supporting this brilliant event and to the fabulous team who work so hard. I feel it’s now nicely taken over Garforth Arts, and the fact it’s all for a brilliant cause, is even better. A big thank you to all who voted for Sticks and Stones, winners of battle of the bands! Not biased at all!
The Repair Café
I have learnt over the holidays that our application for insurance cover to enable us to hold the repair café in the library, has been declined. I would love to say it was down to, too many other applications, being put forward, but unfortunately, as I am quite well connected, it is apparent there was more to it, and it was declined for other reasons – some people truly have no understanding of The Main Deal or why I would want to do great things, voluntarily - But all is not lost, we will now be applying for private funding which will not need to be seen by anyone who isn’t involved! Onwards and Upwards
Friday 6th September, 6pm-8.30pm
Saturday 7th September, 9am-10.45am.
Open to the public, Saturday 7th September, from 2pm.
Official presentation of prizes at 2.45pm, and auction at 3.15pm.
See you then.
An event for all the family! Lots of classes for you to enter - just have a go!
Fruit & Vegetable
Official opening of the show and prize giving at 2pm by Revd Jane Brown, Rector of Garforth (St Mary's church)
Auction of produce after prize giving at approx. 3:15pm
Cakes and drinks available
For more info contact -
Look us up on Facebook - Garforth Show
SCHEDULES will be available in the library, Welfare Hall, Allotment Hut, St Mary's Church and local garden centres
This is our toddler and pre-schooler movement to music class.
The sessions are action packed and full of fun!
Classes are suitable for both boys and girls aged from 2 to 4 years old
Every session provides little ones with the opportunity to release all of their pent up energy, dance, sing, stamp, roll, jump, stretch, balance, play, imagine and so much more all in a safe environment.
Got another baby? You are very welcome to bring them along to class and of course wear them in a sling or carrier whilst you join in the Funky Jives session with your child! Older siblings can join in (for half price) or just watch from the side (free).
Each half term has a different theme and all sessions include parachute fun, bubbles and stickers. There is also the option to stay for 10 minutes for stories and songs which allows children to refocus and calm their body and mind.
I see the shop on Church Lane has planning to:
Change of use of ground floor retail shop (A1) and first floor flat to form a single dwelling (C3) and internal and external alterations. I think this makes sense as I’m never sure if the shop is actually open or not!
Planning applications(s) in for the land on Lidgett Lane/Beech Grove Avenue for dwellings. I think this has been in planning thoughts for some years to change the garage to flats/shops – not yet sure what their full plans are as yet though – will keep an eye on it.
I would love to see another planning application for a place to be, eat, drink on Main Street. I think then, with what’s coming, we will have a great night time vibe; it’s about if I can influence it happening – fingers crossed
How great would it be if we had more of a reason to walk to main street and enjoy being local. More options can make this happen, we already have some great restaurants, let's make it a place people really want to choose to be.
My motto for The Main Deal has always been, "don’t sit back and let things happen, go out and happen to things”.
I can, I try and I will
Until next week.
Clip and Climb have their planning application approved
Rumour is Heron Foods is moving to Garforth - no sign of anything in planning nor space they could go
Cocktail lounge will be going ahead and it maybe September before we see movement
Refill and Go will open on Saturday 24th August
Aren't we doing great things!
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?