A horrid topic that has impacted the whole of the UK this week, and more prevalent the north I feel, It feels as though it hits home more when it’s on the doorstep, it’s impacted everybody this week, if not directly but in our hearts and minds. Manchester will take time to get through this; up north we have such a great sense of community and when you see people, strangers of every colour and every creed hugging each other, it shows what love there is in the world!
We will call these monsters all the things under the sun; believe me I have. I’m thinking most people’s TV’s have been shouted as this week. But that’s what they want, to divide us from our neighbours; for most it won’t work.
The one thing tragedy does bring is people closer together and it makes us realise that really, we should all care more about people, our home, others and lives. Life is too rushed, life is so busy; sometimes we forget the most important thing; it’s usually looking us right in the face. In order to stop myself getting upset ALL the time, I have to look at all the people that have helped and come together to assist others in need. When we as humans rush out of fear, our emergency services run in. When strangers help others, homeless guys just doing what he could until the paramedics arrived, people nearby turning into other people’s mothers and people driving further than they needed to help people in need, Café’s giving free food and drink to our emergency services, students were out on Tuesday with a sign giving people free hugs; just to do something good. There was a guy just hanging around Manchester all day to smile to people to try and help lift their spirits.
We do have so many decent people in the world; we have to look to this to have some hope for the world we’re bringing our children up in. Hope, love and a steady recovery to all those people who have been injured. It must be a very serial moment for some of the children this week, a concert turns into injury and heartache and then the Queen at the end of your bed seeing if you’re ok.
Love to all people that have been affected.
Where is your..
Most saw the awful graffiti on the Welfare Hall, Library and bus stop on Main Street this week, and our local Councillor, even though on holiday quickly had it removed. There were lots of opinions about the people who did it, whether they were young, old, girls, lads, Garfonians or outsiders; plenty of people had lots to say, but the main thing it showed me was that people really do care about where we live. Whoever did this isn’t clever, there was no message really; just sounded like someone was a bit annoyed about Garforth for whatever reason! Use your brain!
Trust – Hidden agenda??
Normally I let things go past and don’t ponder on any negatives, it’s a waste of my time; which I have very little of, but on occasions I find it very hard to understand when people have an unnecessary opinion about how I run my business; especially when they know very little about it or have no understanding about me as a person. I have been doing this job for nearly 3 years now and I have helped A LOT of people do lots of good things; proof is in the pudding of following, The Main Deal, the reviews and nominations for awards this year will add to this. Be happy someone is trying to genuinely help the business in our home town. There is no hidden agenda, and let’s be honest, I don’t need to prove myself to negative people, only the people I work with, and you as the community. #baffled #dontgetit and so I move on.
Good things are happening...............
Garforth Community FEASTIVAL – Saturday 15th July
Garforth Feastival is underway and more things are being confirmed each week. As well as a few stalls on Main Street, which include Dumouchel, The Gin Shack and Quirky ALes, there will be a Beekeepers, Stall, Pride and Produce, Cielo, The Bottled Backing Company, and Wharfe Valley Oils – there is also some fabulous things going on in our library with a cake bake off and working projects within other venues.
As well as the additional entertainment you will see and hear in some of our fabulous café's, in the evening there is, 'LATER LIVE' at Quirky’s. An 18+ event from 6.30pm on wards., ass well as great ales being served, The Gin Shack will also be there alongside, Wood Fire Fire Pizzas, Street Food and live music with Supersonnets and Bare Brass – Tickets are available to buy at Cielo, Quirky and The Library
Tickets are £7.50 and all proceeds go back into GARFEAST2018 #supportthegoodofgarforth
Follow the Facebook and twitter pages to keep up to date with the details of this great up and coming event that we hope to run year on year
https://twitter.com/GCFeastival and https://www.facebook.com/Garfeast/
The hashtag is #garfeast so if you have any questions, tag it in.
An application just gone in for the new Lidl site - proof it's till on its way
17/9/00152/MOD | Hybrid application for demolition of existing buildings and for full planning permission to erect food store (Use Class A1) including associated access, parking and landscaping and outline planning permission for retail development (Use Class A1) and public house (Use Class A4) - NON MATERIAL AMENDMENT to 16/00749/OT - amendment to glazing on site elevation, removal of high level ribbon windows from new elevation, revised entrance lobby layout, change cladding material, alterations to means of escape from sales area, changes to surface material in the car car park and pedestrian areas | Former Site Of Miami Building Lotherton Way Garforth Leeds
Yes I know, people are fed up with British Gas and Virgin Media digging up the roads, but look at this way, at least they're doing it all the same time! Short term disruption for a long term gain
#MIG – has had a hectic couple of days this week; as always with babes in arms, life can be difficult and just when you think you have got a pattern going, babies push you into another one! Christine will be back in a few weeks with some more recommendations. Don’t forget about her class she’s running at Premier Fitness every Thursday Morning ( not next week with it being half term) as there is a an activity on at Leeds City Museum but back the following week, 8th June
Follow Christine to keep up to date with our local Mum In Garforth on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
Things to do this half term – Helpful pages (copy and paste)
Holidays are calling; back to being Mummy for a while (my favourite job) the blog will be back on Friday 9th June
Until then.................. stay safe, love more, hug often, praise lots.......... and of course #uselocal
Not such a mad week this week; but still working in a closet! It will soon be over, new office is nearly there.
I had a lovely morning yesterday with, Bywater Boutique and ACR Design, helping them with Social Media. How, why and how best to use it, it's something I have done for many people,. Members and non members of The Main Deal. A lot of people use social media to promote their business, yet haven't had any help as to how best to use it and this is where I come in and show them how it can best work for their business; as each business needs a different approach. Good fun girls too. You can find Sarah from Bywater Gifts selling her wares at, The Station House Craft event on 6th June from 6-8pm
We welcome Katherine from Swing Sling this week as our new member. Katherine will be running classes starting in June in The Methodist Church
Monday 12th & 19th June - 9.15-10.15am
Wednesday 14th, 21st June - 1.30-2.30pm
First session is free. All other sessions in June are discounted at £2 per session.
Classes then commence weekly from
£5 per session - pay per session or
£27 per 6 week block (£4.50 per session).
Contact Katherine to book on for you and your baby, toddler Telephone: 07540 893 173 or email email@example.com
Find out more about it here ; - http://www.slingswing.co.uk/ copy and paste
Grab a G&T, sit and listen..... it is Friday
#MIG (Mum In Garforth)
National Smile Month
After several months of teething, my little man's bottom two teeth have finally come through - just in time for the Oral Health Foundation's National Smile Month! So it's a perfect time to learn how to take care of his new chompers.
Unfortunately, as of last year tooth decay was still on the rise in children in England, so it's important to get into healthy habits early.
NHS choices has information on how to take care of your baby's teeth here
And information on how to care for older children's teeth can be found here
We picked up a baby toothbrush and toothpaste and so far little man doesn't mind having his teeth brushed. Next up will be a trip to the dentist...
More information on National Smile Month can be found here http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/
Until next week,
Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
In the coming week's we will have Sam coming on as a Guest blogger, she wants to tell you about her fabulous story, about her Dad and how he was instrumental in getting The Yorkshire Air Ambulance off the ground #garforthman
Do Good things................. it makes you feel great
Until next week ...............................
This week has been hectic! With builders in my house, helping where I can with the Feastival, adding new members, working in an office that has a nerf guns and an upside down sofa, meeting people; which is always lovely, my eldest son having the stress of SATS and finally booking our first holiday abroad in 12 years.... all this in a week! And when I've been able to, I've been working from the sofa (not the upside down one) as I have been feeling a little under the weather; I wonder why?
To be fair the local builders I am using have been really good and I would highly recommend. Dave Richardson of MD Building and Property Ltd and his team, Nigel the Joiner, John the plasterer and Craig, the helping hand have been really efficient. I needed a whole new staircase ripping out and a new one installed into our attic bedroom, as when the original one was put in, Circa, 'Back to The Future' era, they had used the original box room for the staircase! Anyhow, I have changed stairs, re-instated the box room and now have new TMD office; I'm really quite clever really you know; don't let the blonde hair or typo's fool you! The big issue now is, what colour shall we paint the office?
Once I have my new office up and running it will be nice for promo video's, a better back drop and quieter.
Listening to the Garforth Community Choir, as I do on a Friday; I pick up the link to the rehearsal from the last week and it always makes writing the blog so much easier; sometimes faster if their singing a particular song! They are working with 2 choir masters at the minute, Cleve Freckleton as the god of all choirs and with a new leader, Thanda who is working very closely with the choir giving them new challenges and new songs, he's making the choir sound amazing. Thanda is from Africa and brings a whole diverse sound with a powerful voice for the choir; he's very funny too. You can follow him https://www.thandamusic.co.uk/
New people are joining all the time, go along for a taste tester, any Wednesday evening from 7-9pm, meet inside the main reception of Garforth Academy where, Pam or James will meet you.
Just copy and paste this link to find out more about how the choir works
You can hear the choir tonight on Chapel FM - Internet radio so it will be live streamed. They are on at 7.30pm
What's going on this weekend?
We see The Gin Shack at Beauty Matters this evening #GINMATTERS starting at 6.30 - 9.00pm
I think there are a few tickets left so you can probably still attend. Give Beauty Matters a call 286 2222.
Tickets are £15 and it includes, Canapes by Pride and Produce, a ' Gin Fizz' on arrival followed by a 'Gin Flight' over the evening. Handmade Dumouchel Chocolates will also be available to indulge in and try.
The Beauty Matters team will be demonstrating treatments over the course of the night.
Tickets are available from Beauty Matters reception
We see C A Hair design working with Helen Cooper from Tropic bringing us a night of great skincare - Tropic Pamper Evening from 7.00 - 9.00pm - Free admission
Join us for a fantastic evening! a bit of pampering and some good old fun! Learn more about these award winning products! #GreenBeautyRevolution NOT TO BE MISSED!
#MIG (Mum in Garforth) Christine 2
Looking for fun and friendly baby and toddler groups around Garforth?
Every Monday we enjoy going to our Baby Buds group at St Benedits Church Hall in Garforth. Its for babies under 12 months and led by Jan, a childcare expert who's been running baby groups for over 27 years. She's helped by Diane, also very experienced in childcare. They're both great - really welcoming and friendly.
It's a really relaxed environment, great for play and making new friends - we've met lots of new mums and babies there. There's a sensory room and singing to keep your little one stimulated and entertained, and we got a 'song sack' at our first session to keep the little toys and props we sing about.
I knew it was a hit with my little man the first time we went - he didn't take his eyes off Jan while she was singing in the middle of the group, laughing and smiling the whole time. Plus, there's tea and cake and time to chat at the end of each session.
Interested? For more information or to book contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Babybuds Garforth Facebook page.
Have older babies? Jan also runs three different groups at the Rothwell Parish Church Hall - Babybuds, Twinklebuds and Lilybuds - for babies up to 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months respectively.
Interested? For more information email Jan at email@example.com or check out the Lilybuds Baby and Toddler Groups Facebook page. No need to book these ones in advance.
I'm sure there's plenty other great baby groups in the area - please do share some of the other ones you know of!
Until next week,
Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
I introduce you to the third, Christine from Feeling Alive in LS25 - Christine is a real advocate for all things good, and this week, she wants to tell you, why buying local matters
It has to be said, the internet has ruined some local businesses. With a click of a button, you can buy goods from anywhere in the world. It’s sad to see deserted shops, on once bustling high streets. You only have to look at places like Sheffield and the historic market town of Pontefract, to see these sad changes to the high street.
However, some retailers are reporting business getting better and there has been full circle from internet, back to high street.
So why is shopping local better?
1. Your spending will boost the local economy. Research shows that for every £1 you spend in a small business, 63p of that — stays in the local economy.
2. It’s ethical 💚 Shopping local generally means you are eating seasonal. Eating seasonal means you are general being better to the planet. It’s very hard to get things like blackberries in November, in the U.K.
Climate change is real and we all need to do our bit to slow it down. Importing these goods uses more energy and creates lots of waste. If you buy local, the food has had a short field — to — fork traveling time.
3. By investing in local business, you help build communities. Communities are important to people as they allow us to interact, share experiences, develop relationships and work towards common goals. Without communities, people would have to live in isolation.
4. Local food has more nutrition. Food imported is out of date before it hits your plate. Research has shown that fruit and veg from some supermarkets, is rotting en route. The plastic bags that the food comes in, stops air from getting to your food. However when that is removed, your food is out of date in 24 hours. Seriously — you might as well chew on cardboard.
So if you can change one thing this week, try buy one local produce a week. Whether that be a pint of milk or locally sourced carrots. At the end of the day — it’s good for you, your family and the planet.
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Something tells me if you're a Christine, you're someone who goes and get things done and concentrates on what matters in life! never happier to be called Christine
So, as we know, Costa has plans in; do we need it? In my opinion NO, and looking at the threads on other local social media pages, not many of you want it either! But you have to love a bit of local business banter
Smile and see how infectious it is......................
Until next week .......
Yes, it truly is a day! Hug a shed and take a selfie.... who comes up with these things? Oh well, i'm always up for a bit of fun! Hug your shed today..... #meshed
NEW MEMBERS this week....
Welcome to Dotties Events, great for venue styling for all your party needs as well as sweet cart hire.
Ti Security as new members this week check out all their fabulous offerings including local apprenticeships
We are looking to help advertise a local band who will be bringing something fabulous to Garforth in June! Like a bit of #garybarlow!
As mentioned last week, I am working with the NHS. Next Wednesday 10th May, they are running a focus group to gather your thoughts and views. The session will be held at Cielo Coffee Shop, it will start at 12.00pm and last 30 minutes. As of this afternoon there are only 5 places remaining, so come and help and find out the important factors about super bugs and how using antibiotics properly may help. Free Tea, Coffee and Cake for your thoughts!
Mummies Workout Club!
I like fitness classes. Before little man was born, I would get up early to clock a 6:30am circuit or spin class a couple days a week before work. You know, back in the days where sleep wasn't such a precious commodity.
I do miss it though. It's tough going to the gym when little man is still so dependant on me. I work out at home, but it's just not the same. So, I've started a workout group with a few mummy friends where we can bring our little ones along and get a good HIIT-style circuit workout.
Want to join us?
Where: Premier World Fitness, Garforth
When: Thursdays 10:30-11:30
How much: £4 to help cover cost of the room
How it works: We set up mats with toys in the centre of the room surrounded by stations with different exercises. We do intervals around the room, keeping an eye on our little ones, and they keep an eye on us (turns out watching Mummy sweat is very entertaining!) The circuit lasts about 30 minutes, leaving plenty of time to be kind to ourselves with a good stretch and bit of a natter afterwards.
If your little one is relatively stationary still and you want to give it a try you're more than welcome to join us! If you can, let me know if you're coming so I have an idea of numbers. But also feel free to drop in as well.
Hope to see you there!
Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @mumingarforth
The First Gin Friday at Quirky Ales tonight - The first Friday of every month, pop in, #drinklocal
The Welfare Hall is a great place to pop into this weekend for refreshments/lunch as well as numerous interesting stalls and activities and all proceeds go to St Mary’s Church to maintain is to that I can remain for Baptisms, marriages and funerals and most importantly be there ALL the for ALL the people
Garforth Feastival update Pride and Produce, Dumouchel, The Gin shack and Quirky will be selling their wares to buy along with other foody stalls out on Main Stret. The Library will have a baking competition and story reading in venues, Cielo, The Station House, Dumouchel, Freshly Made are also getting organised with food items, possible open Mic events and entertainment in house! Along with some special dishes!
We will dish out and drip feed you information as we go along when more things are confirmed. Quirky Ales are having a night time do where tickets will be at a reasonable cost, and there will be bands playing The gin shack, possibly Wine of some form and food offerings; it will all be going on down there on the night itself. So keep following Quirky for more info on tickets sales.
PLANNING.... not a happy bunny
As mentioned last week, The Greengrocer is moving into the old CO-OP Travel unit, and it seems that the company taking over already has planning permission in, to change the Shop front window! If rumours are to be true and as planning indicates; I'm hearing very loudly that COSTA coffee is coming.................... you can imagine my thrill to hear about yet another large chain store. On the basis of the rumours last week, I sent an enquiry along with a detailed report in an email to Henry Lax Ltd who are the Landlords for the units along this parade, outlining the options of coffee we have already and in the report, how it shows clearly that a much wider choice and variety of shops is needed, such as retail, and how potentially this could kill off other independent cafe's! Have I had a reply back from them......... NO! I have also asked our local Councillors if there is anything they could to help in stopping something so unnecessary arriving on our High Street.... ! Garforth changes are bringing changes that we just don't need!
More info in planning - see link file:///C:/Users/Christine%20Thom/Downloads/17_02659_FU-PROPOSED_ELEVATIONS_AND_SIGNAGE-1911660.pdf
Guest Blogger is back
Next week we’ll also be having a guest blogger, from Feeling Alive in LS25….. She is brilliant and will have some great information to share. She is On a mission to improve the well-being of the people in #LS25. Eating well - #buyinglocal championing #yorkshire produce. Days out, exercise and #oral health
Be good, be kind, shop local and stop using the excuse of not being able to park. I probably go down more than most of the people reading this blog and I can always park. If you want to find a space within 2 minutes of arriving on Main Street or you want to find it really easy driving up a high street without busses and other traffic, you can visit other towns called #ghosttown
Be happy with our lot, stop expecting perfection; it doesn't exist
Until need week.............
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?