Happy 'coming to the end of school half term' Friday
I hope you've all had a good week, being out and about? We went to visit family in North Wales, we were lucky that the weather was on our side as we pranced about on the beach in the warm wind; we even felt the earth rumble under our feet, yep, we heard the mini earthquake. To add to the quake, my feet were banging on the floor in frustration, this is down to the crazy thing about being on any coast, the lack of connection of any kind, I'm lucky to get an E for Edge; ironic being on the coastline! They can put a windmill out to sea, but internet connection....nah. Anyhow, all back to full time office work on Monday and hopefully adding a few more members to our site – watch and see, a possible new unique business on our doorstep coming on board.
A lovely story
For those of you not lucky enough to have read on Facebook, here is a story that touched a lot of hearts in our community this week, all 5,952 of them with 187 likes and 18 shares - spreading the love
A lovely local chap I have met, called Des who runs the Garforth Library Computer Club wanted me to share this heartwarming story with you all about how lovely and thoughtful our traders actually are
I want to tell you a little story which will gladden you heart and illustrate the power of 'community': a story which is, I think, 'grist to your mill'.
A little background will help in the storytelling.
Rita (my mother-in-law) lives with us on Wakefield Road, is 93 and in an advanced stage of dementia. My wife, Betty, takes her mother shopping on Main Street every Saturday morning. Same weekly routine; visiting the butcher, the greengrocer, the Coop, the clothes shop, Ladycare etc. They have their hair done at Scream and, consequently, a fair number of the traders on the Street know Betty and Rita.
Last Saturday (23rd May) early morning, there was a knock on the door and there stood Lee from the Greengrocers. "Are you missing anybody?" he said. With horror I realised that he could only be referring to Rita. She'd quietly escaped.
She was spotted coming out of Halliday Court beside Ladycare and walking straight out onto the road, oblivious to the traffic. Realising that there was something wrong because Rita was alone, Lee brought Rita into the shop where they settled her down with a cup of tea and biscuits and tried, unsuccessfully, to get some information from her.
Now, although, they'd known Rita as a regular customer for a couple of years they didn't know her second name nor where she lived and she was unable to tell them. She had no identification with her. So they called the police. The postman came in delivering mail and said that he knew where she lived. At which point Lee, the Greengrocer, left the shop and went around to Wakefield Road to tell Betty where her mother was.
Louise at the Greengrocers then remembered that Rita goes to Scream to have her hair done so they phoned Scream and explained the situation. Tracy from Scream, who always chats to Rita, was between appointments so she dashed up to the Greengrocers to see if she could help and she had Betty's phone number. Meanwhile two policemen had arrived to sort the situation out. They phoned Betty, who was answering the phone just as there was a knock on our door and it was Lee from the Greengrocers saying, "Are you missing anybody?".
Everybody rallying round to help someone in need ..... A great example of community spirit!
Many thanks to all concerned who took trouble in their busy lives to ensure that a confused, elderly lady was safe.
Word on the Street
Garforth Christmas Committee is now fairly official and there is a small team of us working together to help step up it up a gear for the Christmas lights switch on this year. The team consist of the wonderful Garforth & District Lions, Mark Dobson and Andrea McKenna a handful of Traders and a one or two people from the community. By wall working together, we may be able to add to the fireworks
In the next couple of weeks you will see The Main Deal signage goes up on a barrel I have sponsored outside The Miners Welfare Hall. A little addition to an empty tub, this time next year it would be great to have a patch, but we’ve all got to start somewhere and it’s all going to the wonderful volunteers at Garforth in Bloom who also today, received acknowledgment from the caring people at Cielo Coffee House that £300 worth of funding is coming their way to purchase more flowers – happy days. Along with
£750 to Garforth Flood Group for flood defence bags
£500 to Garforth Tigers U12’s & U17’s for new kits
£750 to Leeds Faith in Schools for work at Garforth Academy
£500 to Garforth Churches together, Messy Church for Flyers/Banners & Games
£200 to Micklefield Gala Community event
These projects were all voted by you, the community. So as well as drinking great coffee your money gets to do great things too, look what it can achieve year on year. Well done you and Cielo coffee House
This morning I met a like minded local chap who goes by the name, Phil Barrett, he and I had a great chat in Cielo about future projects he wants to undertake in Garforth, both ideas are fabulous, needs planning and help and volunteers to create a team would be even better. If we want things to happen in our street, we need more than one person to do it. If you would like to create a group as I have requested in the past, an Events Team, please get in contact with me. Most towns have a Volunteers group that help out the Town and other promising projects that brings so much to the town we all live Christine@themaindeal.co.uk – please get in contact with me
Kirsty White one of very own local ladies will be playing on Sky 117, Made in Leeds on Monday 1st June at 7pm – rescheduled as per last week’s blog – support local bands
Jingle – yes I am soon to have a jingle, again, this has been produced by one of our fabulous local musicians Tim Manion from DayDreamer - It’s a fun element to add, especially for Garforth Hour on Tuesday evenings, I always like to add a fun element to things and get people listening, watching and smiling as well as reading all the good things Garforth has to offer.
This week we've had 20,320 hits to the website the biggest monthly hit to date with nearly 6,000 hits in this month alone – it’s growing each week. You can help by telling friends and family to use The Main Deal first, for shopping. – keep it local and support your town.
Friday 22nd May
Well it’s a goodbye for the school leavers today at Garforth Academy, saying farewell to the life we all want back, which also means Prom night is tonight for some ,.
If you’ve left it to the last minute, look local or if your Prom is another night, book in. for all your beauty needs, face, hair, makeup, nails, tans, toes etc, etc
Visit one of our shops or get one of great mobile hairdressers or makeup artists coming to your door, it’s all here in Garforth and they too use all the trendy branded makeup they use in town, but you will pay a lot less and probably look nicer #myopinion
Have a visit mums, dads, lads and lasses http://www.themaindeal.co.uk/make-me-beautiful.html
Local Band News
Two of our local bands are playing some great gigs over the weekend.
The Potenzas are playing tonight at Nation of Shopkeepers, they will be on stage for 8.15pm Have a preview of this great band https://soundcloud.com/thepotenzas
Kirsty White is also playing at The Warehouse which is being filing for Made in Leeds TV Channel. Her original 3 covers will be on about 7.30pm tonight. Kirsty is also playing on Bank Holiday Monday at The White Horse in Ledston and will be on about 11.45am. Have a listen to Kirsty
His holiday term, don’t forget our local businesses, they really see a decline in business when the children are off on holiday, so for those of you sticking around locally, please think of our businesses, give them some of your time too. Every business whether it’s a local furniture shop or exercise class.
Great to hear some of the schools are getting involved in the Pom Pom making for the Garforth Arts Festival and Main Street.
Word on the Street
A few new products coming to the street this week; well it’s new to me. Younique makeup at Absolutely Fabulous and a few local mobile beauticians also offering this brand too. From looking at the pictures alone on Ab Fab, it makes you look rather marvellous.
Also Glam-u-licious is holding an event next Wednesday evening at 7pm, please book and have a look here at the link with all the details
You still have time to make any comments to the plans for the new Wetherspoons – see here http://bit.ly/1IFqAFj and see what they are planning as it may affect where you live with no plans added for parking spaces!
St Gemma's new Charity shop opened yesterday; I popped in, lots of clothes, and a few wicker chairs, but not too many other options on the furniture front, let’s hope over time, more will arrive.
Their old shop, no 45 is now a second bridal shop, they have had a kind donations from Austin Reed on men’s jackets - worth a look
I’m looking forward to my new jingle coming out this week; I may hold off until I reach 20,000 hits to the website and 800 likes to the Facebook page before I put it out there... Our jingle has been created my Tim Manion of Daydreamer who also created the music for our viral advert. I’m so sure he will go far with his good attitude and great talent – have a listen to some of his great tracks https://soundcloud.com/iamdaydreamer
Our jingle will also be used for Garforth Hour which is held every Tuesday evening from - on Twitter. This hour is really helping out local businesses, be seen and be heard and it's making great connections for lots of people, especially Garforth in Bloom.
This week we've had 19, 415 hits to the website the biggest monthly hit to date – it’s growing each week. You can help by telling friends and family to use The Main Deal first, for shopping. – keep it local and support your town.
Happy ‘Nice to hear Main Street was very busy this morning’ Day
Looking forward to seeing if I can work with a new Quirky local business in the next month or so, something a little unique to Garforth, a business from home but may have premises in the future – I'm hoping to be able to shout from the roof tops about this soon.
After several more reviews this week, done so with very little voice due to a lovely dose of Laryngitis; it’s amazing how many people were happy I couldn’t speak! - bit of a problem when it’s a massive part of my job #talking
From all the reviews I have done over the past several weeks, the same issue arises with all businesses, whether it’s a local shop or a local exercise close or local business –
‘We need more consistent customers’
Please pledge to shop in at least one shop, once a week - it takes you to start the trend. A little goes a long way to help keep our businesses local.
Word on the Street #rumours
Mr Wether and Mr Spoons
Planning application went in on 13th May
Change of use of social club to public house (A4); internal and external alterations; creation of external beer garden and associated works
Have a look http://bit.ly/1IFqAFj and see what they are planning.
Yes, there seems to be nowhere to park, perhaps an issue but should you be going to the pub and driving anyway? But there is 20 Full time jobs and 10 part time ones required #silverlining
Main Street Cafe – as previously mentioned the cafe has been accepted by planning for changes, it appears there may not be many internal changes but the cafe will certainly be that of a take away as hours are from 17.00 – 11.30pm Let’s hope it’s a good addition
Great photos coming in for the transition from empty space to St Gemma’s new bigger and better shop - rumours are already rife about no 45 where they are moving from – yet to find out
They need help if you can volunteer?
Not long to go until we will be opening a large new charity shop in Garforth!! We are looking for VOLUNTEERS for this shop. If you can spare a few hours or more please ring Sue Shop Manager on 0113 2875970 for further details.
I have just put an advert in for the great St Benedict’s summer fayre Brochure which will be held on 28th June, 11-1pm. It’s a great local event that happens every year and last year they raised £3,000 towards a new mini bus. Great things can be achieved when people come together.
This week we’ve had 17,123 hits to the website – it’s growing each week. You can help by telling friends and family to use The Main Deal first, for shopping. – keep it local and support your town.
From last week - we’re still needing your help
Can you help, we need community and like minded people who are willing to give up a bit of time to help out at Event times on Garforth Main Street, we only need about 4 people who are willing to help and engage with The Garforth Traders Association, help make our town work when we put on events.
Can you help – we are creating a POM POM Bomb Some lovely local business ladies Debbie Kirkby from Hartleywood Kennels and the local Cielo Knitting group and Debbie Todd from the lovely Angels and Butterflies craft and workshop are creating this fantastic knitting bomb of Pom Pom at the GAF playground party and the Garforth Traders group want to expand onto Main Street with this theme – If you can help, even if it’s just making a few, contact me on Christine@themaindeal.co.uk and find out more here.
– see the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/220350504842625/?fref=ts
You can get great little POM POM kits from Angels and Butterflies for a couple of pounds. www.angelsandbutterflies.co.uk
Friday 8th May
Happy, ‘well we've found out who’s running the country' Day!
This week we will be adding Chole Yeatman Mua onto our ‘Make Me Beautiful’ page, she is a qualified Professional Makeup Artist who specialises in HD Brows, such a lovely young lady who has so much knowledge, and she will be looking at sharing her tips and advice very soon.
We've also had enquiries by the new venture opening up in Premier Fitness for removal of Tattoos, so watch this space on this one.
Can you help? We need community and like minded people who are willing to give up a bit of time to help out at Event times on Garforth Main Street, we only need about 4 people who are willing to help and engage with The Garforth Traders Association, help make our town work when we put on events.
and another - Can you help – we are creating a POM POM Bomb, some lovely local business ladies Debbie Kirkby from Hartleywood Kennels and from the local Cielo Knitting group and Debbie Todd from the lovely Angels and Butterflies craft and workshop are creating this fantastic knitting bomb of Pom Poms at the GAF playground party and, the Garforth Traders group want to expand onto Main Street with this theme – If you can help, even if it’s just making a few, contact me on Christine@themaindeal.co.uk and find out more here.
– see the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/220350504842625/?fref=ts
You can get a great little POM POM kit from Angels and Butterflies for a couple of pounds.
Word on the Street #rumours
Mark Dobson - has won back his seat for Garforth.
St Gemma’s is moving its wares into Fultons old gaff, which will also bring furniture to its donations, I hope it adds to this end of the street, as I’m think furniture may bring a few more people in to look; I know I’ll be certainly having a nosy.
I’m looking forward to meeting up with the new Owners of Sweetshakes soon, 3 great new ladies taking over the business and I hear they have some great plans
Looking forward to speaking to a local community and business minded guy, who will soon hopefully be bringing something really exciting to Garforth in the next few months – keep your ears to the ground
This week we've had 15,628 hits to the website – it’s growing each week; you can help by telling friends and family to use The Main Deal first, for shopping. – keep it local and support your town.
Happy Pucker Up Day - raising awareness for Dementia
I hope you've had a good week, it’s been a catch up with paperwork week for me and sorting out my accounts with the lovely Kate from Business Works UK on Fusion court, I love that office, the girls are great and they do chocolate oranges with great coffee #saynomore
Some more reviews arranged for next week along with a meeting with a lovely lady joining our, Make Me Beautiful page.... https://www.facebook.com/ChloeYeatmanMakeUpArtist?fref=ts
This week we added Dumouchel to our website, it’s always exciting seeing their posts, pictures of food - cakes, bread, and chocolate #blissful
After being nominated again this week for Chairperson for the Garforth Traders Town Team; my work has now stepped up a little bit more to sort out this year’s calendar of events for Main Street.
The Garforth Arts Festival – Street Art Walk
The Fiveraffle again, in conjunction with Halloween - we're hoping to have some form of bracket up on shop fronts in the next few months ready for Christmas - It’s best to do it now when the weather is warm. #fiveraffle funds raised last year being spent, at promised, back on our high street
Christmas Committee – more to follow after all the elections are over and done with
A yearly advert for The Main Deal goes out this month in the church, Spire magazine, I'm looking forward to seeing that and hoping the our parishioners follow us too.
I've also just signed up for a spot at The Garforth Gala on the 28th June – I look forward to meeting some of you and having a chat about our local shops
Word on the Street #rumours
So who are you going to vote for, who’s in your window, if anybody – This week the ‘doing the rounds’ part of the job has made Garforth busy with hands knocking on doors.
As reported last week – there have been planning approvals on Main Street Cafe, extending the hours until 11pm - and from their change of use, it’s sounding like it will definitely be some sort of Takeaway – no idea what you would put opposite Canton and Townend Pizza (old name) along with Valentinos and Saffron down the Road – what do you think?
This week we've had 14, 658 hits to the website – it’s growing each week; you can help by telling friends and family to use The Main Deal first, for shopping. – keep it local and support your town.
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?