Well it’s school holidays again, it’s amazing where five weeks go!
After a lovely meeting with one of our new members, Thornton Jones Solicitors, and after much discussion, their partner, Clare pointed out how we have so many women in business in Garforth. When we spoke about the local ladies we knew between us we were amazed how many women make a difference in our community, from the WI, accountants, retail, restaurants and cafes, local pub land-ladies, dance classes, baby activities and fitness classes, solicitors, venue decors, a bar, a dentist, clinics, beauticians and so much more, all these businesses are run by women. #garforthproud
Talking of great women, it leads me nicely onto Mother’s Day, which is this Sunday. If you have left it all very last minute, you still have time to pop in into our lovely local shops; a happy mum and wife, is a happy life! Chocolates galore at Dumouchel, Flowers from, Flowers by Chloe at The Greengrocers, as well as some lovely little pots and baskets of colour. Neil’s Fruit and Veg and The Flower House also have some lovely arrangements. There are also lots of vouchers to buy from our local beauty salons, look at Bella Rose and Chocolate Beauty Spa for their deals, they’ve been posting a few this week – give the lovely lady in your life a nice day, as some MAN decided to change the clocks, so we lose an hour in bed on Mothering Sunday!
New members coming on board
Thornton Jones Solicitors - new residents to Garforth, you may have spotted them as your turn into Lidgett Lane, the big white house on the corner. - Check out all their details on our, 'Businesses that could Benefit me' page.
Hannah Chard of, Find your Voice, which aims to support babies and children develop speech, language and communication skills whilst having fun in groups, and as individuals - Hannah’s next course starts on the 26th April - See below for details
Hold on tight and get yourself a long drink, there’s a lot going on locally over the next two weeks
I bet you have finished your drink since your started reading?
I hear on the Grapevine that, Angels Barbers are also taking the old Bathroom shop premises on as another Barbers! Maybe they will do other bits and bobs…. Well not your bits and bobs, but perhaps your beards. Watch this space I guess.
I see the Campsite application is in for land off Cliff Top Park Selby Road (if they don’t want bricks and mortar they want canvas). It’s a sizeable site
I know interest is in with the old premises of Reeds Rains, and my fingers and toes are crossed for the right person to get in and if they do, I might just throw a little office party of my own
You may have noticed that the old Lloyd's Chemist shop; now Cohen's chemist has been split in two! I’m searching
to see if any, 'change of use' is happening.... nothing jumping up yet.
The sun is set to shine over the school holidays and carry on until June; so they say. I love seeing and hearing the kids out playing, so please be mindful when driving back to your road, drive slowly, kids might be outside having fun.
I hope you have a great break, with the addition of the Good Friday, I will be back blogging on Friday 26th April…. And then we’ll be counting to May! Ahh
Until then............. enjoy the sun if it stays out.
+Will this year slow down already! I know I was moaning earlier in the year that January needed to go quickly, but we're nearly in April! We're flying through the first part of the year and every Friday comes round so quickly; as does Sunday! It appears we're not getting a winter either, I have only had my bobble hat out on a few outings; or am I going to speak too soon.....
It's been a week of juggling again with Mother still in hospital and our car needing a recall. As the car recall was going to take 4+ hours, I decided to pop across town, visit poor Mum and have lunch thereafter and do some work . I also had a bit of a mooch in some of the shops, not my favourite past time, I much prefer to go into town to eat and drink.
What I find is, chain stores really need to up their game on customer service, experience and environment. We are seeing a worrying decline in our cities high streets, especially with the big department stores, shops need customers who want to return. John Lewis seem to be going in the right way, but other larger stores need to jump on this fast train of change and quickly.
I stopped in a well known shop to buy Thomboy a shirt, I was stood waiting in a queue for nearly 15 minutes. I was just about to put my items down and walk out, when a Customer Service Assistant begrudgingly came behind another till to help out her colleague, who was up to her eyes in bags, hangers and other peoples clothes. It seemed a hardship for this lady to scan my items, and by the way, there was no apology for my wait. After she huffed and puffed all my items into my bag - I just said, in a quiet, polite voice, 'good customer service sees returning customers, shop stays open, your job stays safe' I smiled and walked away telling her to have a beautiful day. Not sure how well it went down and I expect, there were words in blue air, but please, no matter how much you may dislike customers, if you're in a customer service role, be good at it, it goes a long way to making people like me want to return.
For this years, Garforth Feastival, we have a few new ideas. This year as we are trying to minimise the amount of plastics we are using, so the team have created this fabulous, Sponsor a Bag, raffle - you can have your company logo on our Feastival bags. See how it all works and how you too could be helping in more ways than one.
One for your diaries - Green Lane Primary, PTA Group, FOGL have organised a spring fete for a Saturday this year and everyone is welcome. 18th May 2019
I hope you all have a good week, the last one before the next school break. I like this one, two weeks is much better than one. It gives our children time to relax have some, fun and spend quality time with family.... and it allows me time off from making packed lunches....yippee
Until next week - Do this when car's let you out - it's kind, it's nice and you're showing good manners
Happy Red Nose Day, I hope you have had fun dressing your little ones in something red for school, or have you been to work with a big red nose today? I was contemplating sitting in the office with one, but there's no-one to show, and as much as I like being silly, this would be a step too far, even for me!
I'm yet to ever say, it's been a quiet week, I don't think anyone has a quiet week. I have been back and forth to the hospital this week, my Mum got rushed in early hours Monday morning with what now appears to be, Gastroenteritis. It's not nice seeing your little old (ish) mum being sick every 15 minutes and feeling a bit helpless, luckily we have wonderful hospitals, with wonderful staff who are starting to make her feel much better.
Autism Friendly Garforth - Shouting all Garforth Traders
We are now in a position to offer training to any of our Garforth local traders, Training will take place on Tuesday's and Thursday's between 28th May and 20th June at Cielo from 5.30pm - This is a free training session to make our town, Autism Friendly
Helen from The Jigsaw Tree, explains all.......
Hello, I’m Helen, from the Jigsaw Tree, which is a community group based in Garforth. We support families of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. The group was established in 2013 and now supports upward of 250 families in the Garforth, Leeds and the surrounding areas.
One of our aims is to raise autism awareness and acceptance in the local community. With help from the Tesco ‘Groundwork’ scheme, we are in a position to offer autism awareness training to customer facing businesses in Garforth (two members of staff per business).
We hope this will benefit you in three ways:
Firstly, the training is free of charge. I have been delivering autism training for a number of years to a wide variety of companies, which has always been very well received. The training will help businesses to understand what autism is, how it can affect people (especially in relation to your type of business) and how to make small, easy & free adjustments to accommodate someone with autism.
“Great to understand the ways our shop might affect autistic people – not struggling much myself, it was so easy to judge before. Now I will be much more mindful and know how to help!”
“A very insightful & human description of autism and the issues involved”
Secondly, having an autism-friendly Garforth will make visiting local business both more accessible and a more positive experience for the families we support. Many of our families only shop online due to difficulties with going to shops or the lack of understanding from people around them, but they would also like to support local business. Training for and resulting understanding from staff will help to increase custom as people with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their families will feel more confident to explore their local community. Word soon spreads about positive experiences and more of the wider autism community will hopefully start to bring their custom to Garforth.
Thirdly, we will be promoting local business who attend the training in our social media and in association with Tesco Groundwork.
The free autism awareness training will be offered in the following categories and will be held in Cielo 17:30 – 19:00 on Tuesdays & Thursdays between May 28th & June 20th 2019
On completion of the autism awareness course, we will provide:
A certificate of completion for attendees
Materials to display to indicate that the business is ‘Autism Aware’.
Information on autism awareness to cascade to other staff members.
To register your interest in attending the training, please click on the button 'Book here'. We very much hope you will take advantage of this free training. See you there!
Kindest regards, Helen
Heard from Caddock Construction this week. They are so pleased to announce that 96% of their units on the Lidl complex have been filled in under a year. So I question, besides what we know already, who else is planning on moving in? So they kindly informed me that Gregg's has put an offer in ! Read on
I just want to shout so loudly, 1. why do need another Gregg's, 2. Those units were never really intended for independents, as they're too big and too expensive. Ideal for the Vet's but not much else could go in there and if they decided to put the offer in for the whole unit, will this mean a cafe? I have aired my views to the powers that be, but not sure what can be done - this whole complex has created a destination and we saw Main Street have it's quietest February in a long time - I wonder why!
Thought for the weekend - please don't forget about the small guys, because without a good High Street, it will effect your house price! We need to get the balance right and we're slowly tipping too far to the chains, we surely don't want to be like every other town?
Until next week - A special thanks to Garforth in Bloom for making Garforth look so darn pretty
What a great day to celebrate, all women and how we should lift others up, whether in business or friendship. Until this job I have always been in a predominately male environment, being from and IT background, it was mostly dominated by a heavier male population; but it is changing and we are seeing more women in top jobs in the IT sector, it’s great to see and hear.
I have always wanted to work for myself, I decided long ago I was no good at being managed, by male or female. I’m not one for sitting back and letting things happen or not giving things a go again, because they failed before. I like to try and change things for the better, I’m not good with policies and I like to bend the rules. Hence why The Main Deal works for me in so many ways. However, I have had to prove in many ways, what I’m doing is good, right and helpful and not always to the male business owners either, unfortunately we still have some women in business who also need to change their mindset. Move on, move forward, move up.
It’s not about what you look like, it’s about what you do. I’m not here to look pretty on social media, I’m here to make changes and show everyone in a good light.
As a woman, working many hours, and bringing up a family, married with a hardworking husband who has a very stressful job, life is all about juggling, managing and being super organised.
An average woman's week
Wake up, shower, put your face on, clothes on, get kids organised, make breakfast, pack lunch in bag, sign school books, rush out, rush back, coffee on, work, attend meetings, eat if you can, fit in an exercise class, back for a snack, work, pick up child from school, after school activities, drive as though you’re a taxi, prepare dinner, GIN, do reading and homework, put out dinner, clean away table, make packed lunches, (fit the loo and breath in somewhere) shopping, GIN, put washing in, hang washing up clean, iron, put ironed clothes away, work on new projects, more meetings, several hundred emails to reply to, receiving hundreds of notes from school and dealing with them, GIN, paying for school things, sorting out the finances, bills, keeping on top of budgets, putting the bins out, bringing the bins in, spend time with the people you love, exercise class, dealing with elderly parents, GIN more meetings, report writing, holiday booking, working out what we’re doing this weekend, GIN, organise builders to come round and look at things that need fixing, run round everywhere, fit in a car wash because your children have trashed it, spend time with the people you love……and sleep! Well that's been my week, this week
#womanpower or do we need to Better the balance?
I did a small Facebook poll this week, and asked what service you would like to see in Garforth
Number, 2 was more popular… What would be the thing you would like to see most, and why?
Let me know Christine@themaindeal.co.uk
The Repair café is slow…ly happening, still got big fingers crossed, but as always, there is a bit of red tape holding us back. I have a meeting with the lovely people of Garforth and Kippax District U3A group next month so will hopefully be able to get some more interest and help thereafter
FYI Road Closures you may be affected by:
M1 J46N exit slip 5th/6th/11th March
A63 Leeds bound from Holiday Inn R/about 5th/6th/11th March
J46/A63 (A6120) R/about (possibly A63 Selby bound) 4th / 7th / 8th March
Uncertain of times but poss 20:00 - 06:00
I would like to make you aware of essential Yorkshire Water works that will take place on the night of 12/03/2019, 19.00 to 13/03/2019, 07.00. This is at the junction of Aberford Road, Main Street, Wakefield & Barwick Road. Temporary multi way lights will be in use during the works and removed as soon as completed.
Until next week ...... celebrate all women
I know, I know, he's not the welsh one, but better looking! Welcome March and a happy day to all Davids!
We’ve already had a taste of spring with a wonderful half term of sunshine, as much as it’s nice to have sun on your face and an ice cream in February, it is also a little worrying to learn that we had the hottest day in February, ever recorded. it’s our generation that can make the good changes, now.
I feel like I have been to 100 meetings this week - it's catch up time for having half term off.
From Parents evening, new members, potential new members, ideas and project meetings and current projects, and a little time to myself this week; I took my face to Jo Baker and had a facial – she works wonders and I always feel really de-stressed afterwards. I’m not sure if it’s the facial or the constant laughing we do, either way, it was good to have some me time.
Best Western Plus, Milford Hotel with the lovely Ammie. Ammie wants to work more with our community. We were having lots of ideas about local businesses, seeing if local business could help them too, cross marketing ideas, and how we would also love them to come to the Feastival this year as they make their own ice cream. So watch this space.
Meeting with Jo Baranelli from Station House Cafe and a very interesting and cool character, Simon Fogle (no he’s not Ben’s brother) he is a very cool guy who I could have spoken to all day. Simon runs a company called Chapter 81 in Leeds, he arranges food festivals in lots of areas across West Yorkshire. We wanted to pick his brains about the possibilities of an international food festival here in Garforth – now this is definitely a space you want to watch
Helen Cooper from Tropic came round for a brew too, talking more about her full time role as a Tropic Ambassador in our area and how she wants to grow this into a super business and helping other local people to grow her team – we should have more news on this soon.
I was back with Augustus Court this week, as they have a management turn around it was good to find out what has been going on and how can I help get the positive and the good out there about this wonderful care home we have on our doorstep. They have recently just undergone their annual CQC test (a it like having OFSTED in) and they came out as a ‘good’ care home. It is also nice to see and hear they are working even more on the well-being of their residents, not only activities and physical aspects but also healthy minds. They do so much in the care home already, but we want to engage the community into the home more, so we will soon be able to share those plans very soon, so watch this space. The door is always open at Augustus Care Home, just go in and they will be very helpful to tend to your needs, even if you just want to look around
Andy from AJT Heating and Plumping will soon be joining us as a new member, it was lovely to meet him in Cielo this week and it will be great to be able to recommend a safe Gas and heating engineer, which is what people ask me a lot about and up until now, I haven’t had anyone to recommend. Details following soon on Andy and all the aspects to his local company.
Another Feastival meeting - food and drinks at this one, always a plus. The Feastival page now has an Instagram page, under gcfeastival go find and follow and keep updated with our daily news and updates on stalls and great things happening in the lead up to the 13th July. This year we are doing our best to be plastic free on all stalls.
I met the lovely, Julia Cranston and her Cakes and bakes, who just by chance had some wonderful cakes she had baked when I had arrived, her house smelt amazing and well, the picture sells it all. Julia makes Gluten Free cakes and bakes as well as vegan cakes too check out her page on my link, Food to buy and take away.
I always find it funny, when people ask if The Main Deal is my full time job! I would love to say I could do this part time, but there is no chance when there is so much potential of great things happening out there for our community.
Well the voting is over for the Yorkshire Choice Awards, thank you so very much for all of you who have voted for my two awards, fingers crossed for the 6th April when I will find out if I'm a deserving winner – Need a posh frock now!
A quick sale from Hot Eatz and Kool Treatz, to Garforth Spice! Only saw them putting signs up the other day so not fully sure what's on offer yet!
Two new road signs no up on the Redrow Estate, I remember one being Skipton Lane - I wonder how long it will take for people to moan on other pages how it's not garforth related ! #youknowhowpeopleare
I see there had been letters posted through some doors; I guess to the properties that maybe affected, Re; Plans for a campsite on the land at Cliff Top Park, Garforth – there was a residents meeting on the 19th February and I hope people went. I only just found about it after the meeting! Anyway, you can read the letter and see their proposed plans –
It comes to something when building two new housing estates isn’t enough, now they want people to camp out, are we truly that popular?
Until next week…. Say thank you to people who let you and your car pass parked traffic. It's good to use your manners
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?