Congratulations to Princess Eugenie on her nuptial’s to Jack Brooksbank today - I love a good Royal Wedding. It brings smiles, nice outfits and a real sense of pride; maybe that’s just me. I like things that make me smile.
Mental Health Awareness Week
This week it's been about making others aware of Mental Health – It’s good to talk, it’s better to listen. Smile at strangers, hug your friends, you can truly have a great impact on people’s lives when they feel people care. If you also let them know that you are always there when they find things tough, it would be a real support knowing you could help, whether it's a friend, a work colleague or a partner. I find if you don't necessarily worry about things like others do, you find it hard to understand. I worry about very little, I don't get stressed very often and I try to always look at the positives in life, even when there's negativity standing right in front of me; there 1 or 2! So I see myself as lucky and try to give my time to others which in turn makes me understand better.
The Springs open
Listening to Leeds-Live on Facebook Live this week, they interviewed Simon Marshall, Joint chief Executive of Scarborough International Properties, developers of The Springs.
As an independent business supporter, of course I am concerned about the novelty period that usually happens when something new opens and how this short period of interest will affect our town. We don't have a lot of independent retailers in Garforth, we always strive for more, but sadly, without success, as landlords prefer to fill empty premises with chain or franchise companies or duplication's! As The Springs are more about retail, I can’t see it impacted on us too much, it’s mainly our food and drink offerings that may see more of an impact; especially as there seems to be lots of people getting over excited about Nandos, a posh KFC…In my opinion! Let’s hope it doesn’t detract from our wonderful town too much..
In the interview with Simon, he announced a few things. In 2023 we will see the opening of the East Leeds Train Station, which will take 6 minutes to get into Leeds. He has also said, there will soon be an announcement of other retailers coming to fill those empty premises., “Many more to come, in keeping with the quality of what’s already here, and people will be really pleased with what’s coming next; some high quality stores.” “Gino’s opens on the 26th October, rumours Gino will be there to the opening.” The Link Road will open up in December accessing the M1
The Odean Cinema is the biggest one outside of Leicester Square, a 10 screen cinema with reclining seats. Thorpe Park as a whole employees just over four and half thousand people – which is one of the good things it brings as it also brings apprenticeships; let’s hope that most of these are locally sourced.
I am certainly pleased about the Cinema opening, especially for the #Thomboys growing up. I like growth if it works. I suppose it does mean our carbon footprint will bet better as we can get all we need from Garforth and now here at, The Springs..
Ironically this follows - Love our high Street, even in the City
I picked up the Evening Post yesterday; not something I normally do, but yesterday’s article caught my eye - ‘Support your Shops to help our City thrive’
The Stats of businesses is quite shocking, but no surprise that a lot of independents would seriously think of leaving, due to not being able to pay rates and rent that landlords/government don't seem to want to change. Right in the heart of our city it matters too, as many of you will know, we have lots of great independents setting up and it would be great to keep them. As I have little faith in rates changing, I always strive to encourage you to use independents more so that the rates are not so much of a problem for our local businesses. The more we use local the more we can assist in our great local businesses staying. Shop with them all. Having a good balance creates a great high street and choice, just don't forget about the little guys.
Nice to finally hear that Westwood Veterinary practice will move into their new premises this weekend and will open on Monday 15th October – If you don’t know, they are moving into the new building behind The Fly Line - Good luck everyone.
I read there’s an application for two proposed flats to go in the white building in Chapel Close; because we don’t have enough residential buildings in Garforth! It was a shame that the proposed idea of the sophisticated bar idea was knocked back!
I hear there were a few potential buyers also investigating the building of the old hair salon, Te Amo on Fairburn Drive this week, but nothing in planning so far, only local people gossiping about a takeout!
Until next week - Give a friend a hug.................
The best smile is the one you pass on #worldsmileday
What a night last night, seeing the beautiful Kylie Minogue, pop princess at The First Direct arena, She’s so dinky and lovely, almost perfect. The list of songs she sang spanned over her 30 year career and they were brilliant, I don’t think she has ever done a bad song. There was so much sparkle, glitter and big heels, from men and women; it was maervellous. #camptastic
So The Fly Line opened this week for a hearty pub meal; if you like most things with chips!
A few people have popped in to the lovely welcome, nice decoration and comfort of our 10th pub in town. 10 now on the list, but I suspect this one might not reach the Garforth Gallon as it seems more of a place to pop in for tea or a Sunday lunch.
New member - We will be welcoming the lovely, Marie of Behold Me Aesthetics – Maria is a qualified nurse who still works one day a week in the ITU unit in hospital as well as now setting herself up in Garforth, above Tegan Hair Salon at the top of Town end, Wakefield Road. Her studios are lovely and I am looking forward to showing you them next week when she's all set up on the website. Maria offers non-surgical enhancements and skincare. Have a look at her website www.beholdme.co.uk for more details.
FREE FIRST AID with Tony Clough
Great to hear the free sessions Tony is doing for Paediatric Resuscitation in our local primary's are now under way with this week’s first fully booked session, at Green Lane Primary – We are still waiting for one more school to get back to us and then we can get all schools covered. This training has prompted our local schools to get their AED plans back up and running and pushing for their Defibrillators to be outside school gates, which will mean, you the community will be able to use them too, should the need ever arise.
Going back last year I contacted Nick Borras of LCC Highways about the carnage that is, Church Lane, last year, this is what he had to say,
“We have previously been looking at introducing a mixture of resident permit parking and double yellow lines as part of a Garforth wide traffic regulation order, to regulate the parking along Church Lane, however after fully consulting the residents and formally advertising the draft parking proposals, we received numerous objections. After receiving and considering the various objections, a decision was taken to abandon the proposals for Church Lane, and proceed with implementing the remainder of the area wide scheme.”
On seeing even more traffic issues and over spill from the Doctors and tradesman parking in awkward spots, it’s now causing even more near missus, sharpness of breath and near scrapes and shouts and frustrated drivers. Plenty of people who report the chaos it’s causing have wonderful ideas, as to how we could go about the changes needed on Church Lane, but as above, it needs to be right for all, and I suspect the council have even less money than last year. I have emailed Nick again this week to see if any more ideas have been put forward and just mentioned the 241 houses, many families, more kids and lots more cars on the way; I’ll let you know if I get a reply
Leeds Road - Road Closure - Sunday 7th October
The road will be closed from 9am – 5pm, local access will be maintained at all times. The road will be closed to enable installation of the road crossing. Diversions will be in place for this time.
I will be glad when this week is over, It’s been a very long week, I’ve been out every night except Tuesday evening, some nights of fun, some not so. I’ve come to release I cannot burn the candle at both ends, no matter how much I try. Right I’m now off to Baildon to take band members of Sticks and Stones for yet, another gig. I may fall asleep in a corner, even with their loud tunes.
Until next week.......
So it's national, Ask a stupid question day?
Being blonde, I have asked a fair few in my time, like 'Why is Bill Stickers going to be prosecuted?' true! My friend this morning posted to me, how she asked, "Why do tuna fish like dolphins?" or, same friend asked "If Moses was called Moses because they found him in a moses basket?" I went to school with these people! If you think about it hard enough, you could probably laugh at yourself about a stupid question you have once asked?
Well what a weekend of laughter, as well as a few headaches… dam you Gin.
I went to Ribchester (yes it’s a place) just outside Blackburn and we stayed in a very beautiful holiday home. Witin walking distance we found a very quaint, independent Wine Shed. What a fabulous place it was, a shed full of wine from all over the world, as the weather was so beautifully last Saturday, we sat outside; 10 women in their mid-40’s laughing hysterically with wine….. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but we had wine! It's taken me all week to get over the tiredness.........
Anyway, I was back to it on Tuesday, with meetings and making new connections and discussing ideas for Christmas, yes, there I said it, the C word! But we need to be organised and prepared which then makes it all a little bit easier.
A poster for The Repair Cafe will soon be released in our library and local coffee shops and businesses so you can find out about the day you can come along and offer your skills so we can get this project off the ground, I will of course, be sharing it on our social media pages too. We've already had a few volunteers!
You’re Welcome to stay and watch our Beanie Boppers session then we have Songs and Stories for 0-5yrs. A session where you can grab a tea/coffee or juice and a chat whilst your children have lunch and then sing along and listen to stories and songs.
I can’t believe we will be in October next week. One of my favourite times of the year, HALLOWEEN, I think I have more boxes of decorations for Halloween than I do for Christmas and the #thomboys aren’t really that excited about it as me. I also love the conkers falling and cooler days, and being able to get my socks and boots back on and start to get our house all Hygge. (hoo-gar) Danish for a feeling, all cosy and warm.
I’m off to see Kylie in concert next Thursday – minus wearing the gold hot pants – ye’haa
Have a great weekend, I am out at 450 Pizza tonight, first time and I'm really looking forward to it. #enjoylocal
Until next week....................
Concussion Awareness Day - Well this worries me for my weekend a..head!
Not great to hear on Windy Wednesday, a tree fell, and damaged a few cars in Barley Hill Road Car park. Let's hope they are able to claim for any damage that has been caused.
A busy week in meetings this week
It was good to have a chat with Mark from The Podger, one of our great long standing pubs with long serving Landlords, Mark and Jackie. Mark has mentioned about some great monthly event nights coming, which will take most people’s boxes, depending what type of tunes you like listening too – exciting local events.
A fun meeting with Martin from Martin Shaw Fitness one of our local Personal Training teams. Martin had attended a social marketing course but was still insure about a few things, so a trip down the road with a good cup of coffee and a chat on how best to use it and a bit more understanding.
I had a great meeting with our local south Leeds team and local Garforth Library team this week in relation to the Repair Café we are trying to get off the drawing board and make it happen this year. As mentioned a few blogs back WE NEED YOU. We are wanting skilled people who can help on the odd Saturday throughout the year as we pick one Saturday a month with different themed items to fix, such as clothes, small electrical items, computers.
If you can help, please contact me on Christine@themaindeal.co.uk the things that can come from a repair café have huge benefits. Using lost skills, community cohesion, battling loneliness, upcycling, teaching skills, using our great library for great things.
We welcome James our local joiner/cabinetmaker of J_Mac_Joinery
We welcome Susan Davis, another local Psychic Medium from Beyond Ability
We welcome back, Personal Touch by Rachel, just in time for Christmas
New member joining us next week is Martin Shaw Fitness
It’s always nice to know our current members are happy to carry on with The Main Deal membership after their initial 3 month agreement, as they have had new leads and business
Well that’s me signing off for the weekend as I make my way over to Ribchester on my annual, Mumcation. As we get older, appreciating that we are all still here, healthy and well, it’s this, we should be thankful for.
Until next week ....
Hug your boss day - would you hug yours?
What a lovely week, celebrating birthdays. The Hubby and I celebrate birthdays, 10th and 12th, so, as every year, we go out and celebrate together, so on Saturday, we went into town planning on purchasing some birthday presents; we came back with 4 coasters and a pair of ice bucket tongs! Not very successful on the purchasing front, but the drinks and food went down very well.
From something so frightening, good things can happen.
There has also been some sadness this week, as a little 5 year old boy who attends Ninelands School was given CPR, as far as I know, he is responding well to treatment but it will be a long recovery. I just wish him and his family much love and I hope the children and adults in school are OK too.
This incident has given a lot of thought to parents on how very little they know about basic first aid. A lot of you probably agree, how beneficial it would be if First Aid was taught in secondary school as children become young adults. On the basis that this seems to be a need, I contacted the lovely Tony Clough, our local First Aider who runs many courses here in Garforth. I asked him if we could do something together where he could run a basic first aid course for parents, for a nominal fee and we would help to get as many parents attending a session. Tony was so very moved by the story, he is offering to give a FREE paediatric resuscitation session in each Garforth Primary school. Yes, he’s wonderful.
I’m just in the process of organising and we will soon be in a position to let parents know. This is a great opportunity for local parents to have some knowledge and confidence to help, should an emergency arise. I have also found out today that Ninelands School put a just giving page together to purchase a defibrillator. Over this week, enough money has been raised to buy one! A defibrillator gives such an increased chance of keeping someone alive. After training with the wonderful Tony Clough., let's hope we could encourage that buying one in each school would be a really beneficial.
We welcome our new Member, Sue Carrol a Psychic Medium. Sue runs many events, local and further afield, as far as Spain! Sue is highly recommended. I met Sue this week and she is a very lovely lady, I was just hoping she couldn’t sense anyone behind me! I sat on the fence a little with regards to adding a business like Sue's, how would people react to something so different. But after much research and chatting, Sue is offering a service that you choose whether to go or not and Sue will only give personal readings to the same person every 6 months. She has been in this job for a long time and is fully insured as like any other business, Sue goes about her business ethically and safely. She holds regular events at The Gaping Goose and The New Travellers Rest in Crossgates as well as offering personal readings. Have a look at her website and you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram– all her links are under here https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/unique-businesses-on-our-doorstep.html
Next week is my annual Mumcation weekend. 9 school friends and I go away every year for a catch up, a dance, a walk and a rest, a drink or 3 and we laugh from the time we arrive until the time we leave. I implore you to do this with your friends, whether male or female, just pick a weekend a year in advance and pay one person (organiser) a small amount every month – I couldn’t live without this weekend away. It’s something to look forward to, it’s the best thing for mind, body and soul and you have to detox for the following week , What’s not to love?
Have a great weekend and enjoy local, whether it’s quick coffee, a bite to eat or a purchase of a new bed.
Oh no, Burt Reynolds has died! Cannon Ball Run will forever been one of my childhood memories – RIP dude, and what a dude he was. #sadface
On a happier note! Welcome back Garforth, where did the time go? I think that has been the quickest summer break, ever! Kids are back at school and we'll soon start hearing their repetitive tones of Harvest festival songs, it is fun to see the obligatory September pictures of parents showing off their cute, and funny pictures of their loved one’s in their new school uniform; maybe it’s just me that laughs #badparent
So what have you all been up to? If you were lucky enough to go on holiday, I hope you had the best of times, I hope you were able to switch off and spend much needed time with friends and family, or if it was just a break doing things together at home, it's about who you're with and not necessarily where you go.
We had fun glamping in a Yurt for 3 nights in, The Cotswolds followed by a lodge in Somerset for 7 nights, the UK is quite lovely when you find good places. It was our first time glamping trip and I would highly recommend it, I’m getting a bit too old to lie on a blow up bed and have a cold face in the morning, so it’s glamping from now on in; it has to be said though, I didn’t really miss the sawdust loo when we left, but I did missed the night skies. Being in the middle of a forest, with clear skies and no city interference, night skies are magnificent. The #Thomboys were in their element breaking wood for the fire to cook our beef and bean chilli; Blazing Saddles style!
We equally loved Somerset, but mainly the cheese and the the Gorge.... fabulous place
As well as a local Author, Darren Walker, who has just had has his book published today, we may also be looking at a pilot to be released on the BBC based in Garforth, by a Garforth actor now living in London. If I hear anymore I will let you know, and he may be using local actress' too!
We certainly do have some very talented people in Garforth, amongst them, are a fair few local artists, some I have worked with and some I have bought Art from. I am currently having a picture commissioned by Bren Nevison which will go up in my front room. Bren is very good and his Artwork has a twist of humour which I really like, check out his page and I will post his completed piece, once I have it up in my living room. https://www.facebook.com/brennevisonart/
Talking of Artwork, I am currently having some large banners created, to go up and around Garforth, just for those who don’t know who we are and, for a reminder for those who may have forgotten to keep following – Look out for them and smile.
It's all go
We have seen a fair few changes over the summer breal, The Fly Line advertised for jobs, and they now have their team in training, I hope a lot of people are local people. They have also announced their opening for the 1st October. I see in planning an application for an Orthodontist to move into Stephen Pressleys premises is in, initially people seemed excited as it's seems to be a need for many, however I'm hearing on the grapevine it may NOT be NHS, so as I see it, a waste of time on Main Street, put it somewhere else please. But as I know landlords can be fairly money driven over better placed businesses such as much needed retail or options I have passed on for other independent companies to go in (which there are and people waiting) they feel a fourth dentist practise would be better! #notahappybunny
The Car Park at the top of Main Street is still going ahead, there are some things slowing the process, but it is all happening, and when it does, we'll hopefully see an ease in congestion on Main Street. I also see the tiny houses on Ninelands Lane are shooting up, I’m glad to see solar panels being embedded into the tiled roofs, I hope they will all be the same throughout.
Onwards and Upwards
I had a great catchup with Matt from www.ls25webdesign.co.uk yesterday, we have worked together for as long as The Main Deal was an idea. We have some plans coming up,. One which see will see a page dedicated to local recruitment. I want to help get local people get into local jobs. There are so many benefits of doing so, I’ve had a few success this year with sharing all I have seen through large recruitment agencies, so we are going to look at making this more of working page to help and let you see what’s about. The Main Deal is such a great platform for many things and I want to be able to connect better by offering more of what can help. So keep your eye out over the next couple of months.
You may remember the information I put up a few blogs back about getting involved in a repair cafe? I have a meeting with a lady who knows more about we can implement this and get it off the ground, however, I still need volunteers of people who would like or help and get involved in helping this become a reality, so please do contact me on email email@example.com or pass onto someone you think will benefit from coming along and giving their skills and knowledge to others.
I hope you have enjoyed the blog being back and your Friday read and a cuppa are reunited.
Smile at others, it's starts a trend
Until next week....................
All of our local primary schools have closed for summer break. Are we at this time already? 'says no teacher ever' All Teachers work extremely hard, I know, I have several friends who always look broken at the end of every term, especially this term. If you think school holidays are just for kids, think again, these are for our teachers, otherwise they would burn out.
The Academy breaks up on Wednesday, and then we can officially chill, or juggle!
No more packed lunches, ironed uniforms, polished shoes, water bottles, PE kits, after school clubs, lessons where things are required from, flour to cereal boxes. It will be peaceful on a morning as there will be 6 weeks less of, Bad Mum shouting 'time to brush your teeth, get your shoes on, grab your bag, look at the state of your hair, where's your book, have you done your homework, grab your scooter, WE'RE GOING TO BE LATE' moments. #bringiton
July in Garforth is now known as Super Saturdays
The Feastival couldn't have gone any better, the weather was mighty fine, people were out in there droves from very early on and the atmosphere was perfect, the cafes were buzzing, the library had a great day and people were smiling - thanks to all of you who came out and enjoyed what is, the good of Garforth
We took some pictures from the day and some professional ones, as you will spot, were taken by the very
Lovely Kelly from :
Tiny Branch: Creative Visual Design and Artistry https://www.facebook.com/TinyBranchCreativeVisualDesign/
and we look forward to Kelly's short video which will be on our the feastival website, very soon.
Here's just a snippet of the many photographs that will go on our website.
Roll on Garfeast2019
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Pease also had their 100 years celebration event and I heard it was a great success. They also raised, £3695.00 for 2 special charities. St Gemmas Hospice and the Alzheimer's Society - well done all involved
The Gasgoine also held a local Charity event on behalf or Reggie Yates which many of you will know, and they too had a wonderful day raising funds.
Cielo had a jam packed evening event, celebrating 10 years of independent business in Garforth, with a crowd of 90 fiends, family and customers.
Station House also provided full entertainment throughout the whole of feastival and evening with wonderful music.
Quirky's night time Feastival event was also very well attended, and folk were entertained by our local talent, which is, Luke Flear - I think Garforth have adopted him.
So to carry on the Super Saturdays - tomorrow we have GFest a fabulous, family friendly festival with music, stalls and entertainment which looks to be fabulous and what a great big thing to do, not only a great fundraiser for a wonderful charity, which is so close to many peoples hearts, but to bring our community together, again. Well done Andy Daw, his family and friends who are putting on this amazing event, I truly hope this is a wonderful success.
I'm looking forward to hearing my #thomboy on the community stage after 5.30pm with his band Sticks and Stones #proudmummoment
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 drink session; I will collect any monies and settle up with the Cafe once the session is over.
Over the summer holidays I will be researching an idea for a 'repair cafe' which we have had the go ahead to do, from the library, who will also be getting involved. A repair cafe brings peoples skills to the table whilst also helping people fix things that are broken. We are such a throw away society and these repair cafe's could really help us recycle the things we once used. I am hoping to get some skilled workers who have perhaps, hung up their tools, who could come and help us, fix and mend. We are looking for someone who is a good DIYer to someone who can fix small electrical items to someone who could sew, knit, make clothing. We intend to run several workshops with different themes of things that could be mended or made into something super again. We are hoping it will bring people together, and bring our retired folk to help with what skills, experience and knowledge they have If this sounds like something you would want to get involved in, please do email me: Christine@themaindeal.co.uk
Update on the works to be undertaken at Charlie Sweeps Corner:
Dear Cllr Dobson,
I am pleased to say that following continued pressure, payment for the highway works at Charlie Sweep's Corner was received from Persimmon last Friday.
On receipt of this payment, a works order has been issued to Colas to construct these works. Colas will now need to mobilise their resources before provisionally starting on site in August, hopefully making good use of the reduced traffic over the school holiday period.
Officers within my team, responsible for the design and supervision of the works, will undertake a further consultation/information exercise when a definite start date is confirmed.
I see Stephen Pressley Hair Salon will be moving, which is good news as he is staying in Garforth but wanting to build on what the salon can offer. It's always great news when we hear of a business able to expand. I hear he is moving to the building at the back of Martin House and Sainsbury's - Good luck Stephen
Which also means there is potential space available - I'm already on it!
As a lot of you will know, Garforth Academy this week put in a new policy to have all children access the front of the school, only, so they could make checks on uniform, makeup and planners. Fair enough if children are not adhering to school policies, but unfortunately it has caused quite some upset amongst parents who where asked for their children to walk along a very busy, Selby Road instead of the field at the back of the school from The Lines. But today, we have received an email from the powers that be, to inform us that the back field will now have a gate open so children can walk safely through school to the front entrance - It took many, many emails from parents and the local Councillors to get involved for the school to decide his was a better idea! #eyestothesky
We now say goodbye until September, and hope you all enjoy your school/summer holidays, wherever you may be going, from Camping to somewhere, I’d say warm, but I think we’ve had our fill here right in the UK! I’m hoping it continues into the holidays and the usual, school holidays tap of rain doesn’t get switched on
Until September 7th - Smile at people because that's how they're passed on.
It's here, our 2nd annul Feastival and here's what's going on tomorrow, what and where
And if this wasn’t enough we also have Angels & Butterflies Craft Studio providing some foodie fun crafts outside Tudor Sales & Lettings ! There may even be some stocks and sponges to throw at the team
You can also pop by Lee's at The Greengrocer, he will be having some fruit and cream on special offer
EVENING EVENTS - 18+
Check out the list of all stalls www.garforthfeastival.co.uk there's plenty for everyone
#familyfriendly local event
#garfeast2018 Come and enjoy the fun this Saturday, Garforth will be dancing
Our line up for music is rather fabulous and it's mainly local talent
Steel Crazy Band
Garforth Community Choir
Green Lane Primary Academy Choir
Arts Live Rock Bands
Enjoy local, we have lots to offer
Grab a coffee, or a Pimms and then something fabulous to eat from one of our stalls and join in the fun tomorrow -
We'll see you there. Look out for us in Teal T Shirts running up and down Main Street.
These are the events that are on in the library
Use #garfeast tomorrow and we'll share your posts
Until next week, when in Garforth, it will be, GFEST time, have a great weekend and don't forget you can buy your tickets from St Gemma's on Main Street or book them online to pick up on the day.
Have a great weekend and #uselocal first
Who are you going to kiss today?
Firstly, can I please ask you all, If you are walking out and about in Garforth, please take a large bottle of water, or watering can if you are able to, and help water the flowers and plants that Garforth in Bloom have so lovingly worked hard on to make our town look so beautiful. All the flowers are just about surviving, but they all desperately need a water in this dry weather and the GIB volunteers are struggling to cover all sites, all of the time, so your effort is needed, if and when you can #watertogether ... Thank you and a kiss goes to you.
News has been released this week about Thorpe Park's proposed new Railway Station and it’s lead to be believe that the new station WILL NOT have any impact or closure of our current stations such as, Micklefield, East Garforth and Garforth – which is good news; we just need more carriages and better timetables!
If you want to find out more or have your say, click on the link for more details
It's been a fun week with visits, reviews and events, like this one, with some of our great local baby groups.
Katherine from Sling Swing and Beanie Boppers organised a, ' All things Baby' event whilst also celebrating her first year in business.
It was a great event and a good turnout with, baby stalls and other baby companies running workshops - I would like to see this happen again in Garforth, as I remember when I had my #thomboys we had to travel over to north Leeds to attend any baby classes, so it's great to see what's now available locally.
Here at The Main Deal I like to be a person that teaches our local community what a great impact you have on using our local businesses, first and how our local businesses really do appreciate you as a customer.
Non of our local businesses are rich, fact. Running your own business is one of the hardest challenges you can do, but equally business owners have to also love it otherwise we wouldn't have anything independent.
It’s also about local businesses coming together to support each other as a collective, and if businesses talk to community then you get more of what you need and therefore you shop more, first.
Support where we live, use, buy, go, spend locally, first as you're making a real difference.
Some of you, including myself have had a few concerns about the Redrow Development on Ninelands Road about the dust in the air - this was shared by Mark Dobson yesterday
Update on dust from Redrow site.
I pick up planning & enforcement for G & S I’s so any issues please send to email@example.com
Good Morning Mark,
Many thanks for your recent emails. Protecting the comfort of the community during development is very important to Redrow, and I detail below the measures that we are taking regarding dust. I would be very grateful if you could forward this response to your contacts.
We currently have 3 bowsers on site which are dampening down dusty areas as much as possible. It is not always easy for residents to see the bowsers in use from outside the site, however, please be assured they are being used as much as possible whenever workers are on site. Additionally, road sweepers with water jets are in use on a daily basis. Our site team have to get the balance right between dampening down areas to reduce dust, and creating a skid risk by over-watering and creating mud.
Given the prolonged spell of dry weather, we have reviewed our dust strategy and will be installing dust screening which will be located to protect the vulnerable areas in the vicinity of our site. We will continue to review our dust strategy, and we are confident that these measures will improve the situation for the community.
As mentioned in an earlier email, we are very grateful for your cooperation regarding this matter, and I’d appreciate if you could continue to contact me direct with any issues.
Shouting GIN FRIDAY, well it is Friday and there is Gin at Quirky tonight with The Gin Shack from 6.30pm – The weather helps
Saturday 7th July – Micklefield Summer Gala from 12pm in Churchville Road, right in the centre - support the local good as lots of volunteers help to put these good things together.
Saturday 7th July - Do I need to mention the Football? I’m not a massive footy fan, even though I’m a plastic scouser! I know, it's hard to believe, people often think when I came out of the womb, I must have been wearing red or blue; I didn’t. However, if you are a fan and you want to watch the game tomorrow from 3.00pm, here are the options fro our members;
Garforth Golf Range
They are all showing the match with drinks, food and snacks available to buy, and they’ll all try not run out of beer!
Or, if you’re wanting to make a day of it at home with a pre-match BBQ, Shop Local FIRST in the morning for all your Meat and Veggie offerings as well as the local Off License . Willow Park Farm, heading down to Garforth Golf Course have some fabulous meat packs and BBQ offers, for less than £25. Worth a trip, before we trip and make it our last game….. I’m only kidding I’m sure we’ll get through to another round. I hope so, as it's great for local businesses.
Sunday 8th July – The Gaping Goose, Family Fun Day from 12.00pm – 5.00pm in support Of Globe not for Profit
Sunday 8th July - Can you help Take a pride in Garforth with this community Litter Pick up?
10.00am Start from 25 Lidgett Lane (use back entry of Lowther Road) - All ages welcome children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Contact Jacqueline Simpson for further details Jacquelinesimpson@btinternet.com
Friday 13th July Green Lane Primary Academy Summer Fair and the Circus is coming to town
Tickets required for the circus only and they can be bought by enquiring with firstname.lastname@example.org everything else you can just come along and enjoy
I’m out in the sun this evening for a friends 40th celebrations; these young folk! #gardenparty I’m looking forward to Ginning (new word) dancing and laughing – it’s all good
There’s lots going on over the weekend, so enjoy, and start the countdown with us for Feastival, next week.
1 week to go www.garforthfeastival.co.uk
I can’t believe on Sunday we will be in July! As much as the weather is shouting summer, this year is going far too quickly, and now we’re on countdown to the Feastival
Check out the Facebook page (@Garfeast) and keep up to date with all that’s going on and coming along on the day, we just have to pray we can hold onto this sunshine as it would make for a fantastic day
Who is just loving the sun? After what was a rubbish winter, it is so nice to wake up knowing the sun is going to be up, smiling and making me smile for the rest of the day. This is definitely one benefit from working from home
It's Prom night in Garforth tonight, I'm looking forward to seeing our local young adults, being shared on social Media by friends and family with their posh frocks (scouse term) and the lads all looking smart with their big hair! Have fun guys you deserve it after all your hard work; I know our Beauty Salons have been busy all day
New Member – we welcome Mark Millar from Marquis Insurance Brokers this week, Garforth born and bred and works a lot out of Cielo Coffee shop, well you may as well work, and get great coffee which is also handy if you need to pop by and see him – find him here on our page.
I share lots of local jobs each week, from Cleaners, to Engineers to Software Developers. I follow a fair few agencies and when they share, so do I. The latest ones released this week are from The Fly Line, which will be the 10th pub in Garforth!! Keep following throughout the week so you don't miss out on all the local jobs, as we share from all sources, including the Garforth Jobs page
I popped into the Redrow home Marketing office this week, more for a nosy as to see where the land lies and where exits onto Ninelands Road will be – It’s worth going in to grab a big map. There are 2 Public Open Space areas, and it will be interesting to see what they will put there, park, playground or just a grassed area? It’s also interesting to see on the map, the Attenuation Facility - which is the process of water retention on site and slowly releasing it in a controlled discharge to a surface water or combined drain or watercourse. The amount of discharge will vary depending whether it is a brown or greenfield site. For brownfield sites the developer must determine the likely run off and agree an acceptable discharge with the environment agency or water authority. For greenfield sites the environment agency normally limits discharge to 5 l/s per hectare (10,000m2) which only represents about 2-3% of run off. - I hope this means it will allivate any more flooding when we get Bad weather and is plunges onto Ninelands Lane?
Nice to read in planning that Moorfield House Surgery on Wakefield Road have been granted permission to alter the roof height to a form dormer windows to front and rear, maybe more room in the surgery perhaps?
News will soon be released from Garforth Dental Surgery, which is above Reed Rains, looking forward to hearing about it very soon -
Stay safe in the sun and remember, you can get some great deals on Sun creams from our local pharmacy’s
Until Next week
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?