..../// Yes, it’s Morse Code Day and believe it not, back in the day, I used to be a Morse Code competitor, I have certificates to prove it; not that I get them out very often, unless the conversation is really dull! #seacadetdays #dotdotdashdash
It’s been a bit relaxed this week but lots of Admin to catch up on, unfortunately, it’s left my back and neck feeling very stiff after sitting on my office chair for too long. I need a massage. Saying that, Zumba really helped this week, wiggling certainly helps the release of muscles and as always, I slept wonderful that evening… fun and wiggles with lots of giggles and a good night sleep.
So who’s been to the newly taken over, Pride and Produce? I’ve been twice this week already. A stop in on their day of opening for a coffee; a very nice cup it was and yesterday with the Garforth Feastival Team for a catch up and lunch. It was difficult choosing off their new menu everything looked so nice. I chose Curried Cauliflower Lebanese Flat Bread, it was one of the nicest things I have tasted in a long time; it could almost turn you vegetarian - go and pay a visit, it’s got a great menu with a nice choice for little ones too.
Talking of Eating local, I’m off to Cielo tomorrow evening for their by quarterly, Supper Club with Three Sisters. Come to think of it, I’m going all out vegetarian here too, it will be good to see how it compares. Healthy and clean eating, washed down with plenty of Gin…..Oops
As mentioned a week or so ago, there was to be a change of hands/name of a business. No sign up yet, but we see that RK Harris has been taken over by a new owner and they have called it, ‘Five a day’, you can follow them on Facebook.
I look forward to showing you all the great things from Michelle Roberts who runs Savings and Scents, a combination company selling you lovely items and solutions, Michelle is a working from home business. Michelle also runs A friend of a Friend networking group which she started this month. It’s all about connecting the community and have that meet up once a month to see if people can help each other out, community and/or business. I am of course, very much behind this idea and look to help promote and attend this too. The next event is at Cielo on the 18th May at 9.30am – come and join in
Nic Baker who is a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator – you may have seen posts in the past we have shared from, The Station House Café? Nic runs lovely workshops in and around the area for card and craft making
WOW are the only words I can say about our wonderful community spirit. The team of local people Clubs and businesses have really come together to make next Friday’s, Tour De Yorkshire a spectacular event. The shops windows, bikes, bunting, flags, knitted items and extra colourful additions to our street make us look fantastic, and it’s all been created by volunteers. We have to say a big thank you to Dorothy Anne’s, Pease and Cielo too for donating, paint, wood and items to help the community pull some of these things off… Love it when a plan comes together, well done all involved.
There’s always 1 or 2….. whose fingers are on fire for being a laptop warrior on local social media pages about how upset they are over this 1 DAY EVENT, I bet you’re a barrel of laughs at work! Embrace the good, be positive about the new, love change…………………… or perhaps take a holiday to a war torn country, it may be a good change of scenery : ) #happydays #bepositive
Guest Blogger – Adam Levine was due to blog this week, but unfortunately, he’s not been able to get over to Garforth this week and assures me, we’ll hear from him next week – I look forward to it.
Tonight until 28th April from 7pm at St Marys Church – It’s the 25th Anniversary concert -
Tickets are £5 from St Mary's Church or any SMYT Member
Saturday 28th – First Anniversary Garforth Peace Flame (England’s First world peace flame) from 2.30pm at The Miners Welfare Hall - Participation by local children and walk to the Peace Flame up by The Gascoigne. – be part of this lovely celebration
Monday 30th May from 9.30-11.00am The Station House Café will be holding a New Cra E Café with Nic Baker (as above) from Stampin’ up -
‘Please join me for one of my new sessions at The Station House. Drop in and make a handmade Carta (card) and have a hot beverage either as you craft or before / after - it's your choice! 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 bere session; I will collect any monies and settle up with the Cafe once the session is over.
This session is suitable for all abilities from the new to experienced crafter. We will be using Stampin' Up! Products. If you have any questions please either drop me a message via my page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.'
TDY – FRIDAY 4th May – YOU CAN NOT PARK on Main Street until after 6.30pm - Main Street will ONLY be closed to traffic, before, during and a little bit after the two races. We will see some great entertainment on Main Street in the afternoon from 3.30pm as Arts Live bring all our lovely local kids to show their talents in music - not that I’m biased #thomboy playing
I see planning panel have let more development go through in Garforth, again! A house on Wakefield Road is to be re-developed into flats.
Maybe, it’s just me, and this is my opinion of having dealt with planning panel before, but I’m starting to get a little bit paranoid, they’re just letting anything through. Are they using us as a toy in their political game? Many of the Councillors have been spitting and spatting at each other for months, and it is getting a bit tiresome, but it does make you wonder if they are doing things on purpose, we'll soon see if they don't let what we want through! #justsayin
Good luck to the boys from Tudor Sales and Lettings this week as they challenge themselves to the Peaks
“Tudor Sales & Lettings and Tudor Financial Consultants have been working closely with Macmillan and Cancer Research in order to help raise money and awareness.
On the 28th of April Sam Tudor, Ash Proctor & Matty Tudor will be walking the Three Peaks Challenge in order to raise as much money for the cancer charities. The target is to raise £1,000 and to complete all three peaks within 12 hours.
With your help, they hope to ensure more people have a chance to beat cancer. Any donation will be very much appreciated, the easiest way to contribute is by clicking on the following link; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ash-proctor”
Until next week - Be kind with your words
Welcome back, and welcome the sun, what a fabulous few days it has been, oh, how we've missed you, Mr Sunshine. Now, nobody complain, it was only a few weeks ago, we had snow and I know, it was Easter Monday and I travelled back on the A66 in thick SNOW.
A busy week back for most with the kids being back? For me, several meetings this week, 2 new members, a hospital visit (unplanned) and a table delivery to be up cycled, it’s definitely felt, back to it.
One of my lovely meetings this week, was with the lovely ladies at Buttercrumble, who are, our local designers and illustrators. The Main Deal needs a little re-branding and I think these are the fun and clever ladies who can give me what I want – a fun and positive fresh new look #watchthispace
Next week, you may see myself and a few of the other Feastival Team members putting up and handing out posters for the up and coming Feastival, on the 14th July. Make sure it’s in your diary, and let’s hope the weather is kind as we have lots of wonderful food and drink offerings and some fantastic talent both day and night – Remember you can now buy your, Later Live tickets for Quirky at Quirky and Cielo and they’re only £9.50 a ticket.
Introducing our new members this week
www.hipco.co.uk – A local building and glazing company. Hipco, is a fairly new company who already have a great reputation in Garforth. This small business was formed last year and they are going from strength to strength due to their team work, efficiency, affordability and most importantly their great work ethic. You can follow these guys on Facebook and Instagram too
Meet Kirsty Walker, our local personal trainer who has her own studio at home. Kirsty has been an established personal trainer here in our local area for over 7 years and has a great client base who can highly recommend her services. Not only does she offer one to one personal training, Kirsty also runs small group classes, so look out for them on our events page as well has her own Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Kw-personal-trainer-190750220989667/ and you can follow Kirsty on Instagram too
Find more about our local events here
I’m looking forward to introducing you to a man called, Adam Levine. Adam spends most of his day in a Wheelchair and he’s just started to write a blog about his travels, and how he gets about in and around Leeds. I have invited Adam over to see how he finds Garforth – I look forward to his Blog next week.
I see Garforth Garden Centre have plans to Change of use of ancillary storage building (old cafe) to form separate retail unit for fish and aquatic sales (Use Class A1) and alterations to window and door openings. - so now train shed as initially rumoured last year !
It looks like a new Microbar has also put in an application - interesting! Is our night time offering growing?
You may have seen RK Harris has removed its sign? There are changes coming, but information is still yet to be released on the new owners. It will remain as a Fruit and Veg shop.
As mentioned a few times on social media over the last two weeks, Heers Convenience store is up for sale. At £240k I think it’s a fair price as it also includes the flat above. It’s now out in the public domain for all to see. Personally I think this would make a great Deli, selling local produce, fruit & veg, good quality convenience food, local bread and beers etc. as well as a sweet offering for all the pupils that stop in for their daily sugar fix! I think with the new housing estate coming along, and this being the nearest shop, I think it would make a great investment.
You can contact the Agent directly Jon.Booth@christie.com
Link to property is here https://www.christie.com/properties/retail/a2jd0000000oivpmac/
I see there are plans on the Junction of Leeds Road onto Selby Road to introduce Traffic signals. Something I feel we have needed for a long time. It does become very difficult to get out of Leeds Road and when people get impatient, accidents happen. So I am one person who is glad these are happening. Works are due to start next month.
Be kind, you'll be amazed how it can make people feel
Until next week................
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?