Yeah it’s a Bank Holiday Weekend. I know, I know not all of you are fortunate enough to be off work, but for those who are, enjoy and make sure you pop into our local businesses.
Now, yes Weatherspoon’s have graced our town now for a few months and guess what; they’re not going anywhere, they here to stay, however, some of you have forgotten about our once used local pubs and café’s and they are starting to suffer; novelty period is over folks, don’t forget about them otherwise the only option will be, Weatherspoon’s! One company is down £7k in the last 2 months! We like choice, let’s keep it that way.
We look forward to adding Dotties Events and TiSecurity on as our new members this weekend.
There is also more to come over the next few months with working with the NHS, focus groups and campaigns in relation to the survey we posted on last week's blog about Antibiotics. They want to hear your views, so keep following us for more information; I;m hearing they're looking at yummy incentives for your time and views!
We’re nearly there with ShopAppy. www.shopappy.com we’re just waiting confirmation on our Collection Point to go ahead and sign up too. So far we have the following businesses on board
Pride and Produce
Angels and Butterflies
And we’re hoping Firths Butchers, Dumouchel and The Gin shack will soon pop on board as well as one of our Fruit and Veg companies. - more work needed
Imagine If you could pick up some local products and produce after work in one box! And if all goes well, you could possibly pick up a curry and bottle of wine too! happy days
Hurray it's the long weekend!
Wow I can't believe the early May bank holiday is here already! Seems like there's lots going on locally - what are your plans? Anyone going to the Lotherton Food & Drink Festival? It was a lot of fun last year. What about the Tour de Yorkshire? Or enjoying a day out at Temple Newsam?
I'd love to hear what people's plans are this weekend, especially kid-friendly activities.
As for us? We're going camping... in April... with an 8 month old... Wish us luck!
Until next week,
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Lee and Louise our lovely Greengrocer is set to move into the old Co-op Travel within the next few months, glad he is staying and filling this long overdue empty shop and happy for him, it’s more financially viable as landlords always expect far too much in the way of rent and rates are always too high. Flowers by Chloe is one of our members and I look forward to seeing her new space when they move in. However, it also means there are talks as to whoever is going to take the current space, the rumours aren’t great IF what is being said is true, and I’m on it. However, until things are more confirmed rather than a probability I will keep schtum for now; there’s enough people out there gossiping and thinking its fine to do so!
Things on this weekend
Garforth Brass Band Coffee Morning and Table Top sale
We will be in the Welfare Hall on Main Street,. We are holding a coffee morning from 10am to 12 where the band will be playing and showcasing our beginners section.
There will be table top sales if you would like to hire a table to sell your goods a donation of £5 is payable
Come along, entry is free and who knows you may decide you would like to learn to play too or even take it up again after a break.
A warm welcome is waiting for you
For further information contact
Or ring Janet on 07960 294 968
Lotherton Hall Food Festival, let’s hope the weather is kinder this year
Saturday 29th April- Monday 1st May 2017
Lotherton Hall plays host to it's second food & drink festival. With an array of hot street food stall with food inspired from all over the world, a 30m marquee housing some of the best local producers and a whole host of speciality bars including Rudgate brewery, pimms & prosecco, gin, cocktails there will be something for everyone. Live music will feature throughout the weekend on our main stage as well as Man V Food competitions.
We will once again be offering a programme of FREE children's entertainment, Kiddy Cook cookery classes, funfair and bouncy castles. It's a great place to get together and socialise with friends and family so save the date and make a weekend of it!
Gaping Goose’ Car Boot Sale on Sunday, all places are fully booked, but opening time for visitors will be at 8am until 12pm
I hope you all have a really great weekend, this is what the weather is saying for this weekend
Share where you have been and if you've had a good experience in one of our local businesses, it;s important you tell your friends and family, word of mouth is key to helping our local businesses stay.
Welcome back the good Garfonian
I hope you had a lovely Easter Break? If you were able to get away, even better! To be fair though, the weather was pretty much on side and overall it was pretty decent for days out.
Have you eaten all your chocolate eggs yet? If you’re really quite good moderating the chocolate intake which means you still have plenty to gorge on, instead of melting them and making crispy cakes, try some of these ideas.
With the weather being more onside it has been really nice to see our lovely volunteers Garforth In Bloom out in force making Garforth look even prettier as we approach the summer months. Some areas are quite dangerous, Selby Road for instance where they're creating a rockery style garden on the edge of the Road, much better than trying to plant year on year. Soon we will also see a beautiful explosion of knitting all over the railings; look out for it. Lots of local people and groups are helping, if you follow the local Garforth WI page you would have seen them this week helping out on the knitting front. This explosion is the only type you will look forward to seeing.
We welcome Emma from Get Gorgeous this week as our new member. Emma is a ‘girl in training’ as a Mobile Beauty Therapist who is also offering Massage, she has some fabulous offers on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GetGorgeous13/?fref=ts Go and have a look and see when she can come to you for a spray tan in your home.
Read all about her here too . http://www.themaindeal.co.uk/make-me-beautiful.html
We will soon be welcoming Mel Hindley from Dotties Events. Some of you will know the lovely Mel, she was the previous owner of Sweetshakes. Mel is now concentrating on her new venture which she has been running alongside the shop nicely for the past year and she has some great reviews for working with some local venues, parties and weddings. Check out her page for all her venue styling and sweet car hire
Or her lovely website http://www.dottiesevents.co.uk
Don't Get annoyed, create a solution
Instead of writing, I thought I would video this bit.............
I have recently been contacted by a company called, Magpie who are working with the NHS to create a campaign, a very important one and here's there request to you, the people in our local community.
Currently we are trying to get views from local residents in Garforth about antibiotics.
Did you know that antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to human health and by 2050 antibiotic resistant super-bugs are predicted to be more fatal than cancer! This is due to overuse and inappropriate prescribing. Our campaign is aimed at raising awareness of these issues and ultimately changing behaviours within Leeds and the surrounding areas.
When looking for organisations with a strong community within Garforth, we came across your blog ‘The Main Deal’. It is essential that reputable organisations within Garforth be involved in this project, as we aim to collect community insight on antibiotics, to make a positive change within the community.
If you are interested in supporting this community project, we would really appreciate if you shared our online survey on your social media channels, helping us to collect initial information regarding the current behaviours and beliefs in Garforth: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XLKQN5Q (copy and paste this link)
I had a lovely evening on Wednesday, with the ladies of Buttercrumble and their, 'Wearable Histories' launch which took place at Just Grand, Vintage Tearoom in Leeds, this place is beautiful and fun as was the night, sharing in the launch of Abergail and Chloe's scarf range, 100% silk and illustration prints just by them, this is a special gift for you or someone you love. Their illustrations are clever and a real talking point. Take a look at their online shop to see more of what they do http://www.buttercrumble.com/shop I like the Red Lipstick one
Buttercrumble reside here in Garforth and are working closely with the Community Feastival team to bring you something fabulous as part of the run up to and on, the 15th July - you will need to keep your eyes peeled
Just Grand vintage Tearoom is an independent business in Leeds and it's a place I think, when in town I will visit more often. They had a singer who's voice was so sweet and pure, singing numbers from the 40's - It's my kind of heaven; and they have a drinks license! They open late when their is a performance on at, The Grand Theatre and offer 2 for 1 on Prosecco, Sherry and Wine! With homemade cakes, this really takes you back to a time when everything seemed sweet; a real find
DIY with baby
Hope everyone had a lovely break over Easter! We did it, we jumped on the DIY bandwagon last weekend.
Not that DIY is a new thing in our house - since we moved in three years ago we have been in a constant state of construction. Our house was a repossession and everything needed doing. We're doing it mostly ourselves so it's been a slow process. Throw in having a baby and work ground to a halt for almost a year.
Nothing like a soon-to-be crawling baby to kickstart the work around the house again! For us, baby proofing is more than just buying baby gates, we have to finish our floors as well! I spent the weekend caulking and painting skirting boards. Have to say, it was a nice feeling to get something accomplished that wasn't directly related to little T.
Next is the kitchen floor - this time we're getting David from DMC Tiling in to do the job. I'm looking forward to That magical day when everything is finished. Someday...
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Events coming up this weekend are in aid of Fire Fighters and our local dance school, Caroline Atha School of Dance for their fundraising for when their senior troop go to NYC in October to dance on Broadway. I hear there a few places left if you have a car load!
Also tomorrow evening, Saturday 22nd, Go and support Garforth Villa Family fundraising event at the Working Men's Club on Barley Hill Road #racenight
Keep following our events page on Facebook, so you don't miss out, we have some great things coming up over the course of the year
As the land were Lidl are developing sits still for a minute, the rumours flow in
'The Pub has pulled out' 'Have Lidl sacked their contractors' 'Lidl have ran out of money' and it goes on
There is no truth in any of these, I know in planning their are still some outstanding things and they may be waiting on these to go through, Mark Dobson I believe has enquired to the people 'in the know' as to why it's all gone quiet! When I hear, I will let you know
Until next week..................................... Be Kind
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?