I hope your week has been a good one, despite the rain? But hey, the rain has been and now we can concentrate on summer, right?! The weather forecast looks good for the weekend
I have written to Virgin Media this week, as I expect a lot of you have been in contact with them yourself recently! From nails in tyres to a bottle of wee left on the Road! I’m all for new technology, let’s expand what we have, better broadband, television, faster and quicker connection options. However I don’t know if many people would have said yes if they knew that when the contractors had left, they would be left with pavements looking like a child has run up and down with a tar brush in its hand!
But I'm being realistic, as it's not going to matter about the amount of complaints or will there be any funds to make all the pavements look neater, better, smooth again! Don’t get me wrong I’m not looking for perfection, pavements will be dug up all of the time, but you can all agree they have left Garforth pavements in a right mess, the #thomboys have said, it looks like a giant land snail has been going round looking for a mate! I wonder if Richard Branson would like a path similar around his island ; )
Here is the email I sent to Virgin Media following the lovely response I received from Andrew Courcey, the email will outline what was said in his response to my thought/request as to how they could possibly give back to the Garforth Community somehow, which is following on my idea some months ago which I mentioned about transforming the MANY electrical boxes that have been installed!
Good afternoon, Andrew
Thank you for your quick response.
I also thank you for the lovely flower bed you have sponsored on Selby Road whilst the works have been on going.
However, most of the residents won't see or know about it, they will only see and know about the mess the area has been left in; outside their own home. I appreciate you are addressing issues, but when the contractors have left, it is then, if not before you will receive a lot more complaints.
Please see attached pictures of my walk to school, I only use 2 roads, but this shows you on average what most of the pavements are like. These are just an example of how they have been left, which as VM stipulated on Twitter to me ' We should make sure things are left as they were' The pictures show they don't really fall under these measures, even the writing hasn't come off after all this rain! ( I sent 4 pictures)
Being in the Job I am, I'm all for new technology and making our connections better, however if Virgin Media are wanting people to connect when its ready to go live, I’m thinking more than a flower bed is needed to keep potential new customers on side!
My suggestion of the electric boxes being themed with Garforth in Bloom was just an idea, it could be connected to them; a flower theme perhaps, was my thinking, however I'm open to other suggestions on how we could get the community involved in getting these boxes commissioned, perhaps using a local artist to work on the theme of garforth mining perhaps? These are just ideas I think VM should consider more.
A lot of the local residents are asking 'Why VM, I didn't ask for it?' now I know the reason as to why new lines are being laid, but if you could be so kind as to give me a little description of the reason for the VM coming to Garforth, I could share this widely using my resources.
I look forward to hearing more about us taking further action and leaving Garforth happier when FNS have left.
I will await their response…….
As mentioned in my blog a few weeks ago, the nice guy at Highways in LCC has emailed me back about Church Lane. This was my response! GOD LOVES A TRIER, right?
Good afternoon, Nick
Thank you for your email by return, I really do appreciate it.
Reading through, I'm gathering the residents on Church Lane are the people that are opposing any possible changes? If this is the case, I suspect this is no surprise, as it would mean they would have to park elsewhere! However, if you were to ask the 'other' majority of Garforth, which will run into their thousands including the local traders, I am confident you would get a very different answer.
Off the top of my head, there are approximately 35 houses along the 'problem area' of Church Lane, and having objected with many on a few plans myself in the past, and nothing was ever noted, I am surprised this can't be overruled if it means a major issue needs to be resolved? It's not just a case of frustratingly waiting, as you would have seen on the video, it's an accident waiting to happen; if not a serious road rage incident. It's the one major route into town which, as you know is also a major bus route; you should see it when two busses try to get down!
Is this purely a no go, just down to objections? I would like to take this further if I can, as the situation can't go on. It's a dangerous and hazardous road that is having a major impact on local traders and their businesses as well as the impact it's having to people who are too scared to drive or even walk down there. It is unrealistic to ask people to drive around the town going several miles out of their way to get to whether they want to be; people won't do it!
When I say I want to take this further, what I mean is, I want to see what I can do to make things happen; if you have an suggestions I would be more than happy to hear and help. I am already trying to encourage all traders to walk and car share and asking them to arrange a meeting to do something that will help alleviate traffic.
I’m all for coming up with solutions for everyone involved!
Again, we’ll see if I get a response!
Things going on this weekend
Micklefield have their annual mini gala tomorrow from 12pm
Garforth Brass will be playing and there will be many stalls
Whats on -
Teas/Coffee and refreashments
Games and Activities
Party Light Candles
Globe not for profit Charity
Animals - creepy crawlies and birds of Prey
Tomorrow Evening The Podger have a great evening with Glam, Punk and 80's New Wave from 9pm
There is also some fabulous things going on over this weekend with Quirky Ales and their 80's music choice weekend and some unusual beer options, one with Rhubarb
And if you were lucky enough to get one of the 100 tickets for Take That Live, I hope you have a fabulous night at the Welfare Hall dancing and drinking sensibly. If you didn't manage to get a ticket, don't worry, the guys will be back later in the year with something else...!
OUr Bistro evenings are proving extremely popular too, even more so since Pride and Produce now have their leicense; did you know between 4-6pm you can pop in for a drink? Cocktails, Gin, Beer, Wine
La Bella Vita and Station House as well as other local pubs and restaurants are all serving great food - we're lucky, we don't have go far for a great night out!
As we go into July this weekend, we are on countdown to our first ever Garforth Feastival and many things are being added and confirmed right up to the day.
Main Street music is being finalised this week with our very own Choir, Luke Flear and others. The Library have just confirmed their Bake Off and their Detective Training going on too as well as Story Telling going on in Cielo and Station House Cafe
Have a look at the Website, Facebook or Twitter pages so you can keep up to date with what's going on - you won't be able to miss us on the day; We'll have our own T-shirts : )
MIG (Mum in Garforth)
This month, we did the Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild challenge. The aim was to take a bit of time each day to bring a little nature into your life – could be all-day activities or simply slowing down and noticing things around you. We managed to (mostly) do it. Some days we did lots, other days not so much… but every day I thought about ways to appreciate nature, and I enjoyed following along on Twitter to see what others were up to.
My little man is too young to remember any of this, but getting into the habit of making everyday things special is important to me. I figure now is a good time to practice this for when he’s older and able to do more things. That’s the plan, anyway!
So even though it’s the final day of the challenge, I have a feeling we’ll still be looking for spiders in the garden and stopping to admire wildflowers on our walks.
It’s not too late to get a little wild yourself – check out the Wildlife Trust’s website for ideas on how to bring a little nature into your life.
Until next week,
Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
NEW! Mum in Garforth Takeover week on Twitter – first week of the month a different mum will take the reins of the @mumingarforth Twitter account and share what’s happening in their world. First up next week is Anna – find her on Twitter @real_meaning and check out her blog here.
We are growing and many great things are happening for the better of our town...... #enjoylocal first
Today It's national Public Service Day thank you to all those who chose a job for us, everybody else, no matter what status we are, we're grateful.
Wow what a heatwave we’ve had!!!! In London……. The UK is bigger than you think
To be fair, I did say last week it would be nice to have some nice news, and London needed something good, so fair play, the weather it was.
As thunder showers are forecast, please say it’s not the end of our summer………..please
Doing too many things this week
Knotting! Painting, Putting up numbers, helping ‘where I can’ sort out a feastival, moving office, meetings, – drinking gin – there has to be a middle somewhere! Zumba, school runs, after school clubs, accounts, watching #thomboy in music concert; #proudparents moment. Clinic visit, posting, sharing, shouting….Oh and I did eat a bit….
What has your week been like?
FEASTIVAL - follow the website for all the information you will need.
www.garforthfeastival.co.uk - 15th July is coming #roundthecorner
Look what is coming to a hand, mouth, window near you
With much determination….. our first every #fEAsTival is on its way
Good Old Garforth Rumours.......
They always make me laugh; well, you do have to have a giggle throughout your working week.
A multi storey car park on Main Street
And Wetherspoons is getting a music licence (it’s not, the manager has confirmed)
Is it a case of a couple of conversations and people make up what they will; I’m thinking this is how the a story starts
Gary “So, have you been to Wetherspoons of late?”
Dorothy “No, not for a while, I’ve been trying other eateries for a change, they have music”
Gary “Do you not like Wetherspoons any more then?’
Dorothy “Oh no, it’s fine, a great new pub, but our Eateries have music and a license now and I can pop on the bus and not have to park, with it sometimes being busy and I can have a drink”
1 week later
Rumour 1 - We’re getting a multi-storey car park; people are getting busses!
Rumour 2 - Weatherspoon’s needs an atmosphere, therefore it’s changing all its policies and becoming a Lloyd's branch and changing its laws; overnight
Laugh, don’t start a rumour unless you know the facts; it only gives a 720,000 thread of comments on other social media pages – good advertising though!
MIG (Mum in Garforth)
What strikes me when I’m out and about in Garforth is the amount of parents and children I see of all ages - there are so many families living in the area.
Ten months into the role of Mum, I’m still pretty new to the job. I know about a lot about groups and activities for babies and toddlers, but this is only one slice of what’s on offer in Garforth for families.
It would be great to get some other perspectives on family life in Garforth; that’s why for the first week of the month, I want to invite other Mums (or Dads!) to take over the Mum in Garforth Twitter account, similar to People of Leeds, and tell us about what’s happening with you.
Want to be part of the takeover? Email me at email@example.com and we’ll have a chat. First Guest MIG coming soon!
Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @mumingarforth.
Until next week,
We have the Garforth Flood Support Group Coffee Morning, on Saturday at The Welfare Hal
This Sunday is our favourite, good old well established, Car Boot and Gala Day with Garforth District Lions, thanks to these people it’s still going strong.
Look out particular for the Garforth WI, The Garforth Neighbourhood Planning team and The beautiful voices of Garforth Community Choir; some cracking new tunes.
On Sunday after the Gala, there is this fab event being supported by Garforth Brass Band, want to join in, ring Christine 07942 312 789
A few issues on the planning applications which may be the reason why Lidl is delayed in building - as letter reads
Appeal Made by Site address description - Lidl Uk
Planning Inspectorate ref: App/N4720/W/17/3175099
The Planning Inspectorate has received the above appeal against the conditions imposed. It will be dealt with by the Written Representations procedure and the Inspector will carry out a site visit.
Any comments we have received relating to this application will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. I fyou want to make further comments you can use the online appeals service www.gov.uk/appeal-planning-inspectorate. You can also write enclosing 3 copes, to the Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/10B Eagle Wine, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN by 24th July 2017, quoting their reference number.
All documents relating to the appeal including comments and the decision, will appear on our website (link below)
After a long time someone, it seems someone may have bought Myrtle House to renovate it back into a home!
You can always look in planning, it’s all there for public to see, just copy and paste the linkhttps://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk
It may help stop some of the rumours!
I am currently creating a #smilewall of pictures; and a few dogs have been added too, oh and a goat! So far we have 25 smiley faces and I would like to create a wall of local smiles and have it up somewhere local, if you’re a local person who loves to live and shop local, smile, it actually makes people smile back – send me yours to firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next week……
We need some good news in the world, everything is just so sad. With, Theresa May trying to cobble up some sort of Government to make it ‘strong and stable’!! There’s not a lot we can do about these changes now, it’s just frustrating when things happen and you didn't vote for any of it!
London has had such an awful time - with another dreadful terrorist attack 12 days ago to the harrowing disaster on Wednesday morning; it’s the people that run into the danger and do anything they can to help are the people we need to make us realise how Great, Britain is….. More of these people shining is the good news out of what seems to be continuous distress. I find myself watching in disbelief that yet another week in our country has had another disaster.
I pray for all those families who have lost someone and I pray for all those firemen and emergency services who have to go through this block of flats to find answers.
I hope the book doesn't just keep getting passed, as to who is to blame!
If you wish to help, you can do - copy and paste the link
It brings me onto our Community, in any Community is shouldn’t take a disaster for people to rally round, and pull together, my motto has always been, 'Don’t sit back and wait for things to happen; go out an happen to things.' Look after what we love, know, enjoy, and see the good by helping.
On a much lighter note
Our family had a lovely holiday, it has been a long time since we have been abroad; how life changes when you have children! The #thomboys loved their new experience and are looking forward to their next venture; but If I listen to their requests for places to go, someone needs to give them a Saturday job; even if they are only 11 and 7! #pieinthesky
It was nice to go into Lee’s new shop, The Greengrocer and Flowers by Chloe and see their new store, a smaller unit but he has tried his best to give just as many options. It reminds me of Borough Market or a little Deli in Covent Garden. I wish him and the team all the luck in their new premises.
Sadly it brings us onto Costa! Seeing this week that signage on the window and in store work was being carried out, it's disheartening for me that it's going ahead. It all appears to be moving very quickly; considering their planning application only closed last Friday! Sorry, but it’s my passion to shout about independents and this will never change. If Costa has a massive impact on one of our independents because people are choosing it, I will be so sad to see a business suffer because people are suckered in by brand… Like it or not, Isn’t Costa just the Weatherspoon’s of coffee! #myopinion
However, I’m always going to try and look for the positives; one person said it would make them shop on Main Street more…. so, it’s taken a branded shop to make you use your high street! Let’s hope this is the positive that brings more people in, if this is how some are thinking!
On a great note........
The Garforth Feastival (15th July ) is one you need to put in your diaries; if you haven’t already! In the next week or so, I will be able to share the newly created website for the FEAsTival so you can see who will be there, what they’re all about and what is going on and what is being hosted in our cafe's, shops and businesses, on Main Street and at Quirky’s, Later live. Tickets are selling very fast for Quirky's , so make sure you get yours from, The Library, Quirky’s and Cielo. All funds go back into next year’s fEAsTival. Pride and Produce and Station House will also be open in the evening to continue the festivities
This year we are starting with baby steps to celebrate great independent food and drink, with a few little hidden surprises; look out for the very colourful map coming to a spot or two, near you.
Pride and Produce
Shake it up
Cryer & Stott
The Bottled Baking Company
Leeds Bee keeper, Dave Barrett
Wood Fire Dine
Whilst in the car the other day, I asked my eldest #thomboy to capture on video, the chaos of trying to go down Church Lane, this was at 3.35pm. This is what he saw and this has been sent to Nick Borras head of Highways at LCC, this is also on the back of many emails I have sent to Nick asking if there is anything in the LCC council budget to assist in the traffic issues on Church Lane and to sort out the much needed problems.
As you will just about see, 3 cars mounted the other side of the pavement to get past! All the people going up and down Church Lane are fed up of it and something needs to be done. It wouldn’t cost much money to put up, no parking between 9am-4pm and this would assist heavy traffic coming to and from Main Street. Yes it might push those, say 10 cars elsewhere, but the problem they will cause elsewhere will be so minor in comparison to the incidents that they could cause on Church Lane. Here's hoping something comes of my requests!
It’s not my job to have anything to do with highways, but it’s a problem that is stopping some, wanting to come and shop on Main Street, so I’m making it my job to try and do something.
Only this afternoon, have I received a response from highways, Nick Borras
In response to your email regarding any plans for Church Lane, I am afraid that at present there are no proposals for this stretch of road.
We have previously been looking at introducing a mixture of resident permit parking and double yellow lines as part of a Garforth wide traffic regulation order, to regulate the parking along Church Lane, however after fully consulting the residents and formally advertising the draft parking proposals, we received numerous objections. After receiving and considering the various objections, a decision was taken to abandon the proposals for Church Lane, and proceed with implementing the remainder of the area wide scheme.
I trust that the foregoing information is of assistance.
Don’t sit back and let things happen, go out and happen to things - I am on it!
MIG (Mum in Garforth)
Happy dancing baby!
It’s easier to build a strong child than to mend a broken adult. -A wise Twitter user
It’s Infant Mental Health Awareness Week – sounds a bit strange thinking about mental health issues in babies, but all it means is looking after your baby’s emotional wellbeing. Positive parent-baby bonding in the first 1,001 days (conception to age two) is important to build a healthy brain. Want to know more? Visit the NHS Leeds Community Healthcare website here.
So, with that in mind, it was a perfect week to try Sling Swing for the first time. Swing Sling is a gentle movement and dance class for mums and dads or carers with their babies and toddlers in soft structured slings and baby carriers or wraps. Having your little one snuggled close to you is a good way to bond and have your baby feel safe and secure, and the class is suitable for babies as young as 6 weeks old.
Katherine instructs the class, which is new to Garforth and Tadcaster. We went along to the Wednesday afternoon class; I had just enough rhythm for my little man to fall asleep in the sling, but not enough to look good doing it I’m afraid! But that didn’t matter because everyone was really nice and we were all having a laugh while getting some exercise.
Want to give it a try? Garforth classes are held Mondays 9:15-10:15 and Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 at Garforth Methodist Church on Church Lane. Tadcaster classes are on Thursday mornings 9:15-10:15 at Riley-Smith Hall. Contact Katherine email@example.com for more details.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
Until next week,
You still have time to buy some nice things for your Dad or your Husband for Fathers Days… let’s face it, us Mums and Daughters are usually better at these things and we may have already bought something. If so, I hope you have tried to buy locally. However, these suggestions may make you add to your gifts or, if you are still out there wondering what to buy, then here’s a few extra choices
Chocolates from Dumouchel – they have Father’s Day written all over them
The Gin Shack – you may be a little late, but worth a shout - 07747 624785 Get your gin locally
Mr B’s Beard Care oil and Mr B offers Cut throat shaves which you could pay for in advance – just contact them on their page at Boutique Beauty or Mr B’s Beard Care -
Call, Book, Buy 07984 376697
Garforth Golf Range have a whole host of Golfing products from shoes to golfing attire as weel as a large range of equipment and you can to book him in for a swing; a golf swing that is! http://www.golfcrazy.co.uk/garforth-golf-centre-55-c.asp
Lots of local independents are open on Sunday morning for Breakfast and brunch and you could stop at Freshly Made on Aberford Road and pick him something up and bring it home. Has he requested a lie in? Then it’s #breakfastinbed.
We have so much to choose from you could get him pancakes from Pride and Produce, a full English from Freshly Made or croissants and pastries from Cielo. Then for lunch or dinner you could book in with La Bella Vita - http://www.la-bella-vita.co.uk/
Augustus Court have some great events coming up From Gents Day and their Tea Etiquette event both on the 28th June, with talks been given my Temple Newsam House, these are all free events. Just give them a call 0333 999 8727 they had a great cupcake event yesterday; I hope you made it. Keep an eye out as I always post their up and coming events on all social media and on here, the website. It’s a good chance to have a mooch inside the home too.
#shopindependent these shops were here before big brands existed
Until next week.............
Good Evening All
I'm putting in my apologise, the blog will be back next week -being my first day back in the office and due to a huge amount of workload in my inbox, tray, mail etc; being away for nearly 2 weeks gives you quite a reality check when you get back to it!
Lots to talk about next week, we will have been a week with a new cobbled together Government!
How well the fEAsTival on Main Street and the night time offerings are coming along
What's been happening with some of our local businesses and, how as communities we could do better
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?