So, where was it? #stormdoris, or as I called it Doris Day; any excuse for me to use this wonderful ladies name, she’s always been a complete idol of mine, so I was just in the office typing away, sharing, talking, and singing DORIS DAY, ALL DAY; there's a video to prove it!
However, I think we had a lucky escape. Friends and family from the North West seemed to have had it much worse, with tiles coming off the roof and glass being broken, I also hear Leeds had a few issues, I saw we nearly had new swimming pool down the lines, but overall not too bad in Garforth, and today, I think, thanks to Doris, we've had beautiful sunny day #bringmesunshine
What happens when you take a week off!
I had a lovely week off, a visit to The Lakes and some much needed time playing about and doing boy stuff with my sons. I think I'll let them do the climbing though!
Public Health came to Garforth with a serious incident of someone being hospitalised. No, it's not great as I hear there were many who were ill, and I believe the place in question had the necessary inspectors in to sort the problem out; and they never closed! It was a pain that at the time, the information that was passed around came with little description. Not sure what it achieved by only giving little clues, only to give some people in Garforth the need for speculation and giving Inspector Clouseau a run for his money, and then came the finger pointing! In my book, this makes things worse. I had to put out a disclaimer to shout for the local independents as the incident had nothing to do with them. Say it all or nothing at all!
There appears to have been a fair few burglaries in the area too, social media does have it's values here as it can inform me people to take care and be more vigilant. I know the local constabulary have arrested one male, but there still must be a few sods out there, as it's still happening. Don't ever be complacent, lock doors and windows even when you're inside the house.
Last week, we also saw our 2 local Counsellors leave the Labour party and they have now set up a new Independent party. Should you wish for more information, you can follow them on their new social media pages.
Remember, love them our loathe them, they’re still people with feelings!
and so we move on........
Enquiries this week from,
The new Fruit and Veg shop, which I’m still yet to learn more about. One minute it was coming, next there was rumour it wasn’t and now it’s clear they’re setting up home in the old LadyCares shop. I love choice and independents, I just hope they're bringing something a little different that we don’t already have so it can sit nicely with existing traders; I’m all for harmony
We’ve also had enquiries from the ladies at Gymophobics which opens on the 20th March, they were originally going to open on the 6th March, but to get it just right and how they want it, they've moved the date. The ladies are fairly local and want this to be a great success. There does appear to be a lot of of interest too - here is their page to follow for all their up to date information https://www.facebook.com/GymophobicsGarforth/?fref=ts
Well I must say, the new Weatherspoon’s, The Briggate is looking rather swanky, someone said it seemed a bit upper class for Garforth! Really, I know the décor is nice, but come on, I’m not going to ever agree that Weatherspoon’s is up there with, the upper class!
The beer gardens will be great in the summer months, giving Main Street a really great vibe, I'm hoping the big positives will be the extra footfall for the high street. But please remember, we still do have other fabulous local independents in and on our high street, so as much as everyone and his dog will be in there for a nosy and an offer, don’t forget to keep supporting all our other local pubs, cafés and restaurants., we would never want to see a new place open and 3 close! Let’s hope it doesn’t bring any trouble either - local PCSO’s will be on it
It’s also great we will have more choice, and I;m all for choice as I have a feeling The Briggate will also bring a market for other new business ventures to come on in. Here’s hoping for more independents on our high street,... Oh and for all the people who didn’t want it, see you at the bar?
Great to hear this afternoon that the WASPI (Women Against Pension State Inequality) event at Cielo was a real success. A lady from the group came to me some weeks ago as they wanted to hold an event to help other local women before their big demo in London on the 8th March, and also Made in Leeds where interested in filming. So I put them in touch with Cielo and today along with some fabulous help from Vicki and Matt, Elaine from WASPI said;
'It's been an amazing success with lots of interest and new recruits and an invitation to WI of Garforth to go speak there. Matt and staff at Cielo were fantastic too so a big thanks to all concerned. We will be on TV on 8th March to coincide with our London Demo. So proud to be a Garforth lady Christine and thanks again. I have emailed Vicki as well to thank her and conveyed our thanks to Matt and his team too who were brilliant '
I love it when local people can work together to achieve great things
#MIG (mum in garforth)
Hitting the trail...
Getting outdoors is one of my favourite things to do. I used to like hiking in Canada - there were lots of beautiful mountain trails where I come from (Vancouver). Although the terrain is quite different in Yorkshire, we live in a beautiful part of the world here too.
We're excited to explore our back garden on the many walking trails around us, and to make sure we can do this with baby T we invested in a good baby backpack.
After doing our research online, we decided on an Ospery Poco Premium pack, ordered from Little Trekkers in Sheffield. It has a sunshade, raincover, detachable daypack and additional storage, and is quite comfortable (no problems on a practice walk around Roundhay Park). Baby T looked really comfortable as well.
We also purchased a few Ordnance Survey maps from Winfields on Selby Road (next to Garforth Garden Centre) and are planning a few outings now that the worst of the winter weather is (hopefully) behind us.
Where are your favourite walks in West Yorkshire? Please share your favourites, I'd love to hear them! Find me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @mumingarforth.
As I mentioned a few blogs back, there was a rumour that, The Bird in Hand was to be taken over by a Greek restaurant, but according to my sources, the people that own the Greek restaurant in Cross Gates have only been to look around, so we’re still yet to see if anything happens, nothing is in planning as of yet.
Sad to hear that Mia’s Nails and Beauty salon will be leaving Chapel Lane at the end of this month. Mia and Tuan are really lovely people and like most independent businesses, have tried to give it a go here in Garforth, their industry, falling under beauty is in a very heavy industry we all know it, the umbrella of hair, beauty and barbers falls under 28 in the whole of Garforth, so they always had the added weight of being seen in the market. Social media is key to being seen no matter what industry you’re in. If you’re not consistent with it nobody hears or sees you. I wish them both luck in their next adventure, whatever that may be.
This Saturday we see a fair few events
Pop into Augustus Court tomorrow from 10.00 – 4.00pm it’s their First Birthday celebrations; yes they have been here a year already and I believe nearly full!
There is also the fashion and fizz evening
To purchase a ticket please email firstname.lastname@example.org ONLY 15 TICKETS LEFT
Saturday 25th February 2017, 7 -11pm
The Miners Welfare Hall, Main Street, Garforth.
* TICKET ONLY *
On the night. clothes will be presented with up to 75% discount, ex Oasis, River Island, Next, Topshop,
M & S, New Look to name a few, in sizes 8 - 20. This is an opportunity to catch up with old friends, makes new ones and grab a bargain at the same time!
There will be a licensed bar and also a raffle on the night to win vouchers to spend on clothes that night.
This event is open to over 18’s only please, with your family & friends being very welcome to join us.
All this is on offer for just £6 per person, to include a glass of fizz on arrival.
All profits raised will benefit the children of Green Lane Primary Academy, Garforth #FOGL
And a RACE NIGHT at St Benedict's Church Hall, starting at 7pm, you can purchase a ticket on the night
This event is being run as part of the charity ride going ahead this year by two great local people in aid of St Gemmas' Hospice and Cancer Research UK. In August Stuart and Rob are riding from London to Amsterdam. They are already in training and raising funds. You can follow Stuart and Rob on their journey leading up to the big event in August.
@Charityride2017 - Twitter & Instagram
Stuart Wynne and Rob Hartshorne - Facebook
Their link for 'Justgiving' is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rob-Hartshorne-and-Stuart-Wynn-2017
Nothing to report in planning this week, but don't worry, my nose is always in them and should anything of interest come up, I'll shout it out. Thanks to all the 100+ people who have objected thus far for the RedRow homes.... objections/comments can still be added, as it;s been extended until the first week in March
Until next week…… behave on social media people, nobody likes a mouth like Katy Hopkins!
With Public Health and FSA issues in a local chain, restaurant and Councillors resigning.... jeez, there will be a lot to catch up on!
See you next week and enjoy your weekend
Remember, if you hear anything about our businesses, ask me, don't just shout out, we need to share the facts not gossip that can harm a good local company.
For people with children it's either a sigh of relief or a hurrah it's a break or, more things to juggle! Either way, it's February half term already and the year needs to slow down. I'm sitting her on Thursday night writing this week's blog with a beer in my hand; well it is Friday Eve
It's been an interesting week in TMD HQ this week, I've been here, there and everywhere from meeting new people; ones that have been on the Telly! More on that in a bit. To meeting people who have followed The Main Deal for some time and are meeting me for the first time; I think they're quite disappointed when they see that my complexion isn't glowing and my eyebrows aren't neat as in my cartoon picture! Hence why I use a cartoon picture....
Anyway, Another town was asking my advice on how to get their traders together and how they could come up with something that would potentially give their town a sustainable future! Baby steps and communication is the first key, you'll be amazed how many traders don't know each other, it was the same for me when I first started looking in to the businesses of Garforth, some knew each other, but not necessarily what was in their shop, some went out for a beer and had opinions about the other traders and some had no clue at all and it's very difficult to bring a team, and I do mean a team of people, as they need to all work together at the end of the day, they all want the same thing!
On the Telly person...
I had a great meeting this week with Jackie from ShopAppy; as seen on The One Show! A lovely lady who has created this superb model to hopefully go across the nation. But certainly a model I will be looking at for Garforth as it allows you to shop local, online! There is more information to follow on this….. so please keep following for more information as to how we look at it working in Garforth. In the meantime, you can actually register and have a look yourself.
https://shopappy.com/ - if you can look and give me some feedback this would be great; let me know what you think. Even if you send me an email
Earlier in the year I mentioned I was looking into a possible Garforth App but this proved not be wanted nor workable, this however, I think may work if the shops jump on board and use it in order you the consumer use it too.
When you shop local, it allows our shops to create jobs, give money to local causes and support local projects, spend money locally too and cross market with other businesses, which in itself creates a cog, a cog that turns things in such a fabulous way. So next time when you spend your next £10, think where it’s going and how it’s working in circulation around the local businesses, as last weeks video proved, £10 can really stretch and make a difference.
We have 20,000 people in Garforth (thereabouts) if 10,000 spent £10.00 a week locally, that would be ;
£100,000 per week
That's £5,200,000 a YEAR back into our local economy
Just a thought!
I see movement at the new ladies gym above The GreenGrocers called Gymophobics It seems they have been moving things in and out and getting the place ready for their new gym to open, Due to open in March. Follow their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GymophobicsGarforth/
There are lots of events going on locally, so please don't miss out, I have added more on this week.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/themaindeal/events/?ref=page_internal (copy and paste)
I see Streetlife has gone in with Neighbourhood Networks! Streetbour? Neighworks? No, joking, it's called Nextdoor! it's helped a few trade people, do it does have it's place. But personally, I only go on when I need to, there are far too many people hiding behind tablets and saying what ever comes into their heads for me. BE NICE
I have to add, one of our lovely residents, Garforth advocates and Main Deal followers, a reader and a guest blogger, deserves a little mention. So congratulations and well done to him and his lovely wife who brought a very cute little boy into the world this week, congratulations Mr and Mrs Barrett on the birth of Fraser : )
Here is the following reasons why our local Councillors are objected against the RedRow proposals for building 238 homes, as mentioned a little last week - this may help you, should you wish to object.
OBJECTIONS CLOSE ON 24th FEBRUARY
These are our key areas of concern:
Drainage and Water Dispersal
The land in question is the former Stocks Blocks site, which had been occupied by the company since 1965 before the development of the surrounding estates.
We make that point because the drainage infrastructure was designed and cultivated to serve the estates developed from the mid 1960s through to the early 1970s and no more. Quite simply, the drainage for both fresh and foul water could not cope with a further 238 dwellings.
238 houses equates to 4000 litres of water, fresh and foul, being dispersed daily. We understand and accept that the rainwater run off would possibly be improved by removing the acres of concrete rafts on which the current site stands. We also understand each unit will have new and separate fresh and foul water drainage. But once off the new estate it will run into a maze of old and antiquated drainage which does not even cope at present.
Ninelands Lane and the surrounding area already flood significantly. On many occasions in recent years the road has been inaccessible, often for several houses, at the height of storms. Most recently raw sewage has been pushed from the original drainage systems onto the streets and houses of the Grange Estate and the Wimpy Estate, which both border the site in question.
We offer a stark warning to Planning: adding 4000 daily litres of water, including sewage, to an area that is already dangerous in the height of a storm would not just be folly, but a complete dereliction of duty. It will lead not only to increased flooding, but also sewage in the streets and in residents' homes. As always, you will be presented with 'expert' opinion to the contrary. Please let common sense and local knowledge win out. The evidence is clear and unequivocal. This WILL cause an environmental catastrophe to our community.
238 houses will, at a very conservative estimate, equate to a further 500 pieces of traffic movement per day on a minor arterial route, Ninelands Lane, which is already operating at capacity.
Leaving the proposed estate, these commuters will have two options: left towards the busy A63 at a junction which barely copes at peak times, and onto the A63 running at 100,000 pieces of traffic movement a day. Or right, past a busy primary school, over a single lane bridge to another junction operating at capacity on Bar Lane, and onto the busy A642.
Simply put, this will not work. The highways' infrastructure is completely insufficient to cope with it.
Again, you will be presented with a traffic survey that will mitigate all our concerns. Frankly, it is nonsense. This will gridlock Garforth. Heaven forbid an accident at a key location were to happen, and it has happened before. Ninelands Lane becomes a cut through and gridlocks. To add substantially more houses into that scenario would be utterly irresponsible.
Our five local primaries have many year groups at capacity, as has, with the exception of Sixth Form, Garforth Academy. Again, using conservative estimates, let's say 500 children require schooling. Where would that be? The demand would be intolerable and unachievable.
This is no way to create sustainable communities. The one saving grace around the Core Strategy would be the provision, through CIL, of new school provision and adequate infrastructure. But this development would offer such a small sum towards education it would not even cover the cost of an extension to an existing school. And assuming no local provision is available, it is a reasonable assumption that children will be driven to school outside Garforth. This would add even more peak time traffic pressures. Either way it simply doesn't work.
This scheme comes with no thought and no plan to address these issues. With regard to school provision, the developer told Cllr Dobson that "these are issues for the council". We vehemently contend that. It is simply passing responsibility to an authority already struggling to provide fair and adequate provision. Yet again rampant development for developers' profit would squeeze existing communities to breaking point and crisis.
Apart from it being a brownfield site, this development has nothing in its favour. In fact it will significantly worsen three already major areas of concern for our community. We both support the concept of brownfield first, but not at any price and not where completely unsustainable.
We wish to formally object and request that Cllr M Dobson speaks at any hearing.
Cllr S Field
Cllr M Dobson
Here is the link, to copy and paste. With only 17 objections in thus far, I think more is needed as with 24 and a visit to panel, Dominoes still got in!
MORE IN PLANNING
An unusual change of use! - Change of use of domestic swimming pool to form canine hydrotherapy use (sui generis) Different but could be interesting
With it being half term; not that I have mentioned it at all, that means time away from the office at least for a week, and the fact that my little dude will also be 7 next Friday. I will be predominately jumping on trampolines and not typing anything! So the blog will return on Friday 24th February; then we're nearly in March... hopefully some better weather on the way
Shop local this Valentines, we have so much on offer to buy;
Dumouchel - Chocolate heaven
Chris' Fruit and Veg - great bouquets of Flowers
Vouchers for treatments from all our lovely hair and beauty shops
www.funkymuppet.co.uk are doing ace valentine balloons
Flowers By Chloe are creating some wonderful flowers displays
Or choose one of our fabulous eatries to go out for dinner, I hear Station House bistro is about to release a menu
Until next time..............
With it being National Working Naked day, I thought I best cover up!
A fun week at TMD HQ, being part of some great projects coming up and helping out where needs be with local companies. Could we some good changes happening this year?
A great drop in meeting with lots of funding companies yesterday , potential to apply for some monies to do some great local things - #thegoodofgarforth
Talking about the good of Garforth
Did you see this week that our local food outlets are organising our very first Community ‘FEASTIVAL’ this is to be organised on Saturday 15th July, check it out and let them know what you would like to add and see
https://www.facebook.com/Garfeast/?fref=ts and Twitter
New members coming soon;
The Smile Cupboard – soon to be on-board
QBE Accounts – soon to be on-board
Freshly Made Café – Soon to be on-board
Nic Baker - Stamp -Up
What happens when you shop local?
This is a great video, give yourself two minutes to watch it, you can watch without sound, but it gives you an idea how far £10 of your money can go when it is spent locally. Just copy and paste the link into google.
#MIG (Mum in Garforth)
Before I was pregnant, I visited a local mum and baby group as part of a project at work, and I remember thinking that it seemed pretty mind-numbing and no way would I be into something like it when I was a mum.
How wrong I was - now, a year and a half and a baby later, I really appreciate them. We have three groups we visit during the week (more on that later).
It's been nice meeting other mums and making friends, and gives a bit of a routine during the week. Most importantly, they provide much more stimulation than I can at home and Tommy seems to love them.
There are lots of groups and activities in the area, the choices are endless - play groups, baby massage, yoga, swimming, rhyme time, story time - but it's a bit difficult to figure out what runs where.
A lovely neighbour with an older baby gave me a good tip. There's a Facebook group called 'Mummies and mummies to be in Allerton Bywater and surrounding areas'. They have a list local groups in one place. It's a closed group and I'm waiting for confirmation, but wanted to pass along the tip to other mums looking for activities in the area.
If there's any other lists out there please do share! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @garforthkitchen.
Due to popular demand, Caroline Atha school of Dance is opening a new Saturday, Tots Class at The Garforth Welfare Hall, starting at 11.30 on Saturday 25th February. There are already a few places filled, so it would be advisable to get your little ones booked in soon.
If Saturdays don’t suit there are a few available spaces for your little ones age 3-5 on a Tuesday at 4,00pm at The Methodist Church, First sessions are free so you can get to see if your little ones enjoy their experience.
Contact Caroline on 07748 015 175
You can follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolineAthaSchoolOfDanceGarforth/?fref=ts
I'm hearing a rumour that, Harris Grocers have pulled out of taking over LadyCares old shop; nothing has been going on since Karen moved out, so there could be some truth in it! #watchandsee
From tomorrow on Twitter,
You will see lots of great tweets over these next 2 week during #LibFestLeeds17, giving you lots of great information about what’s going on, when, how, where and DID YOU KNOW….Do you know what goes on in our library? So keep an eye out for the tweets which you will also be shared on the Live Board…. talking of Library stuff, also keep an eye out for the information I will be sharing about the Japan week coming back to the library in April. It was such a huge success last year, Sarah who runs this will be back again with this fabulous themed event
Tweets like this, will follow;
Tomorrow evening is a night at The Podger with Liz #lizjourney #raisingawareness
If you didn’t manage to catch up on this week’s Facebook Live video this week, check out what’s going on tomorrow night with this inspirational local lady.
Plans came in this week from Redrow Re: The proposed 238 homes to be built where Stocks Blocks used to be.
Listen to Mark Dobson here, telling you all the information you need to know about what Redrow homes are proposing
By the way, a NIMBY as Mark says, means, ‘Not In My Back Yard’
I like change but it has to be a good change that brings benefits to our town!
You can see this planning application permission here and object/comment. I would agree with Mark on this one, let’s get some objections in as it brings nothing to our town
The Ladies Fitness Centre, Gymophonics has been approved by planning, so we will see a new business opening above The GreenGrocers; the door on the front of the parade 32a leads upstairs
I’ve noticed the Vets from Garforth Train Station have their application in for moving in to one of the new builds near Lidl, at least this will give them more room, spaces to park and hopefully a good option to grow their business.
Love where you chose to live and then you become part of the change
Until next time……………….
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?