Yes, it's 6 years this week, I celebrate The Main Deal - it's been fun and I look forward to doing lots of shouting on social media this week; in a good way!
TDY 30th April – 3rd May 2020
Disappointing to hear today that Tour De Yorkshire have not picked our fabulous towns of Kippax, Garforth and Barwick for the big races this year; we’ll let them off, some other towns needs to feel that fabulous community spirit supporting this wonderful event! Here’s hoping for another year in the future, as our towns support this event, so well. The nearest place to see the race will be in Leeds itself, check out their page of information so you can still go and support. https://letour.yorkshire.com/the-race/
4th year – Saturday 11th July 2020
A great Feastival meeting this week, a great get together with food and wine (or tea in my case) discussing stalls, marketing, The Bake off (yes, it’s back) and new ideas how to raise money. As this event has always run on a shoestring, as volunteers, we have to come up with some intuitive ideas how to raise funds to cover all the things the feastival needs in order we have a successful event, year on year.
As mentioned in previous blogs, we have now secured place to run our Repair Café in March 2020. We have a list of volunteers, but would love some more skilled fixers/volunteers who could help and who would like to come to our February meeting to see what we’re going to do. Email me if you’re interested in hearing more Christine@themaindeal.co.uk
Leeds Repair Cafe are getting involved in, The Big Fix 2020
'Join us as we take part in the (attempt at!) UK's biggest Repair Café.
Bring your items down for our fixers to have a look at, and post here or in the group to give us a head start figuring out a diagnosis, in case you need to order parts or we/they need to bring specialist tools.
If you fancy getting involved, get in touch - email@example.com or message one of the group admins.'
find out more here - https://www.facebook.com/events/741884806334790/
Why do we still close on Wednesdays?
This point maybe a bit controversial, but why do some of our local shops still shut on a Wednesday? Unfortunately, by closing, it continually makes the street a quiet day for shopping and other businesses potentially lose trade as our community have a perception that a lot of businesses are closed. We need to move forward and open Monday – Saturday. Back in the day when shops first introduced half day closing, nearly everybody shopped local, so businesses could do this, however, our society has changed so much, and as people are finding alternative ways to shop, then we need to change too. In my opinion, all shops should be open full time throughout the week, as the impact of not doing so has a bigger impact on all other businesses. If the issue is down to rest days needed, then over time of promoting being open on a Wednesday, staff cover could be put in place.
Baby Courses in January – book Online - spaces available
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Tuesday 21st January Baby & Toddler Signing 11.45am FEW Arts Hub Garforth
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Thursday 23rd January Baby Massage 12.00pm FEW Arts Hub Garforth
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A lovely gentle first class with a myriad of benefits for baby including easing colic and digestion problems, improved sleep, baby bonding
Thursday 23rd January Baby Yoga 1.15pm FEW Arts Hub Garforth
8 weeks- crawling
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Friday 24th January Baby Massage 10.00am Sensory Space
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The Orthodontist has had planning permission granted ‘Change of use of part of ground floor space of retail shop (A1) to dental and orthodontic practice (D1) with the addition of six new wall mounted condenser units
Liking the photographic images, it looks really nice https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PYH7DVJBGR700
Nice to see INDERGAARD PHYSIOTHERAPY on Fairburn Drive have put in an application to expand, it’s always good to see a local business grow.
Do the small things as it makes a big impact
Until next week……….
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Happy New Year to you all, even though it seems a while ago already! I hope you've all had a really good break, I certainly did, lazy days, getting up late, no alarm, eating chocolate because it's there and no-one saying, 'what are you doing eating Celebrations at 10 in the morning?' Starting afternoon drinking at 1.00pm was ok.. I loved it, but sadly, all good things have to come to an end, and so is January, nearly and thankfully, let's get this month gone and we can start to see smiley happy people; or is that just me! If like me, you're doing dry January, good luck, we're nearly there.
So, back in the,Twenties, it sounds better than the 'noughties' and what was the last decade called, the 'teenies?' I would love to see a hint of the 1920's fashion come back, the best bits brought forward with a 21st century twist. Being a lover of most things vintage, I cloche hat being back in the shops would be a dream come true - I love all clothes worn by, The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, Mary Poppins and the Marvel Character, Peggy Carter. Fingers crossed for a little hint of more vintage wear to our high streets.
What are your plans this year, do you make New Year’s resolutions? Mine is always to look after myself more and say no to doing too many things; it never works! So I have vowed to wear more dresses this year, just because, and the fact it’s a realistic resolution I can keep.
We've had a few new members just before Christmas, Room 94, Hilltons Fish and Chip Shop with JKS Property Maintenance services http://www.happiesthandyman.co.uk/index.html coming soon - welcome
Our new updated and shiny website will be released very soon, as our website is full of information, links, pages and very interactive, good things take time, so we should see it, this month, the month of our 6 year in business -woo hoo
WORD ON THE STREET
I'm hearing that Fairburn Drive post office is finally going to close, hearing from a source that there is a note on the window, I've not paid a visit yet, so not sure when. Sad to say, I said this 3/4 years ago that if we didn't look after local, we would lose Chris' Fruit and Veg and the post office, some workers were still parking on the outside of the shops rather than leaving it for people wanting to use them, so when people can't get parked they drive on. I think it's rather sad we are going to lose this post office, its saying online it's either been sold or taken off the market https://www.rightbiz.co.uk/buy_business/for_sale/197461_west_yorkshire.html so watch this space
Other properties up for sale/lease in Garforth are
Heers Convenience store on Fairburn Drive is still up for sale and the price has been lowered.
Hearing that The One Stop near the Crusader is to be changed to a Tesco Express.
We are getting a Dunelm in Colton as Argos moves into Sainsbury's.
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NEWS IN from Delta, East Garforth Primary School
New Head of Academy appointed to top performing East Garforth Primary
Delta Academies Trust are delighted to announce that Mrs. Jessica Roy has been appointed as Head of Academy at East Garforth Primary Academy which is one of the top performing schools in the region.
Jessica has had over 20 years of teaching experience throughout Yorkshire, including 7 years in a Leadership role. Jessica, who is a mum of 2, is passionate about working with children and communities. She volunteers as a Street Angel and for the charity Operation Orphan.
Jessica said about working with the Delta Academies Trust: “At interview, I was inspired by the vision of Delta and the positive impact they have on their schools and communities.’ “I desire to be the kind of school leader who can affect positive change in the lives of young people through leading and empowering staff, I feel incredibly fortunate to be joining a school which continues to thrive and currently has results in the top 20%”. “I am looking forward to enabling future growth and success for children and staff at East Garforth, which will reflect positively on the local community".
Reception applications are open for September 2020 until the end of January. If you would like to arrange a visit or require any further information please contact us on 0113 212 7100 or email email@example.com.
'I've thought about becoming a member, but what's the fee for?'
I hear January is the worst month for break ups, stay together people....
Until next week
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?