Schools out - the last local school broke up yesterday and now parents have the task of finding lots of things to do for the next 6 weeks. These links may help you and save some money too
The Garforth Breeze event is on Monday 8th August on at Garforth Academy from 1pm-5pm
https://www.facebook.com/LCCOuterEast/?fref=ts - follow the East Leeds community page for up to date information in our area including the Garforth Crickets Camp from Monday 22nd and it;s only £1 a day from 8-17 year old's
and of course, our wonderful library
Well today has been the OPEN HOUSE day at The Station House, it has had such wonderful response and great excitement from the 100+ people that came for, 'a nosey' and who enjoyed the free cuppa with a purchase some wonderful Italian pastries.... very yummy. Tonight we see some of our other lovely local businesses come to visit - #connected businesses and working with each other is so important in also helping our local economy turn.
The Station House have lots of phases to business. Phase 1 will be on Monday, Yorkshire Day when you will see; if you are lucky enough to be getting the train on Monday morning, Their breakfast service (hatch style)... there is an Italian word in there somewhere which says it better... soon to be up on a sign! I had a taste of their coffee too... a lovely blend and like me, if you need coffee for more than just taste, it will certainly wake you up on a morning.
Phase II will see the cafe opening until 11am
Phase III will see the cafe opening until 5.00pm
and then all the other phases....... well you'll just have to watch and see
Not only has this been a labour of love for the whole of the Baranelli family, but they have done something wonderful with this fabulous building, that could have just sat and been left.... now we have, yet another fabulous eatery.... how lucky are we Garforth?
So if you didn't manage to get there today - there's plenty of opportunity to try it out.... very soon
This week The Main Deal add's Maureen Gibbons from Healthy Minds, which is situated in Premier Fitness and working alongside Calmer by Christine. Healthy Minds will be added this week, you can follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Congratulations to Cielo this week, who, after a month sourcing funds through crowd funding in order they could open another fabulous social enterprise cafe in the heart of the business district of Leeds have now reached their target ... as of now, 17.11pm they have just reached £20,535. I know Nick and Linda are completely blown away, here's what they have said
THANK YOU So much to everyone who's pledged to make this happen! We are totally blown away by the support.
We've hit our target so Cielo in York Place is going to open this Autumn! Wow.
There is still time to pledge today if you know anyone who'd love one of our unique rewards that are only available through this campaign. They've got till 8am tomorrow (Sat) to pledge.
All money raised now will go towards giving York place more stability to hit the ground running and create a successful community hub in the middle of the business district & finance centre of Leeds, and of course ensure any hidden costs that always come up are covered quickly.
Nick & Linda
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/cielo-coffee-leeds/? should you wish you can still donate; every penny counts when opening another business that helps people,' it gives you a great big fuzzy feeling too when you have donated, as you know already it has such a great impact in our own community
Last night I watched another one of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's programmes on War on Waste. Since his last programme in which he asked us, the general public to sign up to his war on waste campaign, supermarkets have relaxed their requests on 'Politically correct veg' that's what i'm calling it! Some supermarkets have now spoken to British farmers and are now taking on stuff that would have been, in the past just chucked away, who cares if a carrot is wonky, it's all edible.
They should have been following the laws of our own high street greengrocers.... who cares, it all tastes the same... which proves that asking us to help promote and petition, actually pays off #peoplepower; when the important things are listened too. Also since this programme, people have created, in their own towns, Waste not..... (town name) we could so do this in Garforth, including creating sessions and workshops to actually fixing things that are broken and not just chucking it away. My husband is a dab hand at fixing things and we teach our children the value of something and how to try and mend it, you know, like in the olden days! I know he would want to be part of this, by showing people how to fix a computer or any electronic piece of equipment that would normally be just chucked into the landfill. However, we need a small volunteers group to get this off the ground and I would back it 100% and get it out there and help make it work..... if you're with me, please send me an email to Christine@themaindeal.co.uk
let's make a difference to our town in lots of ways. If you haven't watched it yet, please do, it really will change your perceptions on what people can do WAR ON WASTE
Please, will people stop moaning about how many Charity shops we have on Main Street - we have 5 and out of 75 businesses this is a really small percentage..... stop concentrating on the places you may not visit and on the ones you should.... by the way, our charity shops are rather marvellous, I've bough quite a few things from them and so has some of our local businesses. and next Week you will see our Garforth Community Choir supporting St Gemma's
Negativity achieves what?
Don't sit back and let things happen, go out and happen to things
Until next week...................
I had a great time on Sunday at Leeds Skyride with my husband and boys, my 6 year old was a real champion giving it his all going up the hard hill of the course; especially when he doesn't have gears on his bike. We had such a great time and it was a real fun family day out, lots of families and some professionals made it look easy!... it wasn't
Welcome another guest Blogger this week, like me another Christine and not originally from Garforth, but loving living here
Living Well in Garforth
Hello, my name is Christine. I moved to Garforth with my husband James two and a half years ago from Vancouver, Canada. Now, with about a month to go before we have our first baby, I reflect on how to live well with my growing family in my new home.
I've always been interested in health, although I haven’t always been that healthy myself.
A keen interest in high school Biology lead me to getting a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Physiology at university. I originally planned on going on to medical school (as most of my graduating class did), however for several reasons I ultimately decided to become a nurse instead (a decision I don’t regret).
Ironically, as I was learning about health and illness, by the time I was 22 years old my weight crept up to an uncomfortable 165lbs (11.8st) due to a combination of poor food habits growing up, inactivity, stress, and unhappiness. I wasn't in a good place, but didn't recognise it at the time.
Luckily, several good influences came into my life and I learned to swap bad habits for good. Change was gradual, but by the time I turned 30 I was 140lbs (10st), and much more happy in my own skin.
Now I’m 31 years old and find myself reflecting on the changes in my life and how I want my kids to be healthier growing up than I was. Not only my kids, but others around me as well. I'm not perfect, but I've learned a lot over the years and want to share some thoughts and ideas on how to keep happy and healthy.
Undoubtedly, where you live has a massive impact on how healthy you are. One of the good influences I mentioned above was moving from the suburbs to the heart of Vancouver. I was surrounded by people being active and took up running along the endless expanse of beautiful pedestrian seawall that wrapped around the city. There was a health food store or yoga studio on every other corner and climbing a mountain was a more popular weekend activity than going to the pub.
It’s not as obvious in Garforth, but once you scratch the surface you find that there are lots of things to keep us healthy and well in our local community. Garforth may not have the same spectacular beauty as Vancouver, but ultimately we’re just as healthy here (and happier, but save that for another time!)
Here’s a few tips on what I do to keep well with what’s on our doorstep…
We’re fortunate to be surrounded by countryside and farms; it’s actually much easier here to buy fresh, good-quality, locally grown food than in Vancouver! We get fresh local milk delivered to our door (a novelty for me at first) and organic veggies and ethically-raised, organic meat from Swillington Farm. The rest of the produce we eat is easy to get from local shops – I try to visit Chris’s Fruit and Veg and the Greengrocer when I can.
The key for me is starting the day off right with a good, filling breakfast. I haven’t always eaten breakfast regularly (I would sometimes start a 12-hour nursing shift on an empty stomach) and by 10.00am I would stuff my face with sugar-filled rubbish like mochas and muffins. The rest of the day would often be downhill from there.
Now, I try to start the day with a hot cup of lemon water before I move onto my coffee (so I at least start the day hydrated) and a breakfast with plenty of fibre and protein – think porridge with fruit, overnight oats with chia seeds, or a healthy smoothie packed with fruit (no added sugar). I often add a bit of protein powder to my breakfasts because it keeps me full longer and I need the extra protein to build this baby!
When I worked as a nurse in Canada I was on my feet so much I didn't have to go to the gym or watch my diet too carefully to maintain my weight – my how that changed when I moved to the UK and got an office job! With a bit more attention to my diet and 3-4 high-intensity sessions at the gym each week, I was back on track. I also started cycling again last summer and we’re lucky to have so many beautiful trails on our doorstep – down the Lines to St Aiden’s Park, over to Temple Newsam, and through Parlington Woods towards Aberford are just a few.
Now, as the late stages of pregnancy are slowing me down, I'm still staying as active as I can by walking and going to Aqua natal classes at Garforth Holiday Inn with Bumps and Babes and pregnancy yoga at Yoga Hero (not quite local but recommended all the same). I'm reminded that consistent and gentle exercise with a good diet has been enough to keep healthy, and both are easily attainable with what’s available around us.
Eat the darn brownie Or the cake. Or the pizza. Or the fill-in-the-blank delicious treat you can never give up. Just eat the darn brownie less often, and make sure it’s worth it by choosing quality over quantity. And boy, are we spoilt for choice when it comes to quality around here… How lucky are we to have Dumouchel on our doorstep? Also, Pride & Produce and Cielo Café stock delicious treats (to only name a few) – I’m sure I’ll be visiting more often when I’m on maternity leave wandering around Garforth with baby.
I could probably be 10lbs lighter and extremely fit looking if I gave up on my indulgences, but I’m a healthy weight and have plenty of energy to do the things I enjoy (especially considering I’m almost 9 months pregnant) so I’m not too worried about those last 10lbs.
I’m not perfect; there’s no such thing. But there is such a thing as happy, and I’m happy in my new home.
Since I’m still a relative newbie to the area, I’d love to hear what sorts of things you do to keep healthy and well in our community. Find me on Twitter and Instagram @garforthkitchen – I’ll be sharing my thoughts and ideas there too!
A great blog , I look forward to and I hope you do too, reading more from Christine - Give her a follow, she has some great hints and tips on her pages too
The Start of the Summer holidays starts here; well for most. Here' to fun, time spent with family, laughter, sunshine, holidays a few glasses of Prosecco and juggling work for 6 weeks
#uselocal and teach your children over the holidays, the importance of shopping local, it will be up to them one day
Until next week................
Each Friday the start of the blog is all about the day of the year, something fun and sometimes interesting, but today I feel too sad to smile and feel anything but fun, as our county lays to rest Jo Cox and Nice mourn for 3 days after last night’s tragedy, you wonder as a human being, why can’t people just get along, to have so much hatred in the world is so upsetting especially when innocent people including children are involved in such an horrendous act that one person has caused. RIP Nice and RIP Jo Cox – Far more Unites us than divides us, I read today and it’s so very true, give someone you love a hug and smile at a stranger, no matter what colour, race or religion, we’re all human beings - there are only two kinds of people in this world, people who want to get along and sadly, people who don’t.
New Members this week
This week, we welcome Garforth Property Maintenance, Garforth Hot Tubs for hire and Chartered Surveyors, Rowland Burkitt who have just moved onto Main Street. Check out our, 'Businesses That Could Benefit Me’, section along with ‘Businesses from Home’ for all their links and details, giving you more information about their great local businesses.
Did you know, TMD also so supports any local bands, so if you are a local musician, band, singer, songwriter wanting people to hear your music, let me know and I will happily add you to the Local Bands page for all to hear - some of our bands have had booked gigs from our page! It’s a starting platform
Look forward to next week’s Blog as we introduce another ‘Guest Blogger’ another lovely local garforth resident, Christine; what a great name! Christine is originally from Canada and has been living in Garforth for some time, she has a great Instagram and twitter following and she tweets and shares information about living in Garforth, follow her @Garforthkitchen and look forward to her Blog next week.
You may have seen it over the last fortnight, Cielo have organised a Crowd funding page to raise money to set up another great coffee shop in Leeds City, Cielo have such a wonderful concept that makes this coffee business more than just a good cuppa. You know how lucky we are to have it all started in Garforth, and as they branch out, they want to reach and help more people. If you can help them get to their £20,000 target by just giving a little, you also come away with some rewards yourself, have a look at their crowd funding page to see how it all works, you only have up to the end of this month, so please, donate and help this great cause #localcharity http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/cielo-coffee-leeds
As my main job is primarily here to help and support local businesses, I love to be able to use those contacts and relationships to cross market within those local companies and when you see it working and how effective it can be, it’s really rewarding. John Harrison our local Artist who in the past has designed all my artwork for The Main Deal including many adverts such as the Fiveraffle and other projects, John is now in talks and works with the lovely owners of the new, Station House Cafe., so watch this space.
Bren Nevison another one of our great local and very talented artists is now selling and showing his artwork in Pride and Produce upstairs, in what appears to now be a little gallery. Bren is selling out quicker than he can paint; it’s all about making the right connections and watching great things grow.
Supporting our local talent is so important and great things can come from it, have a look at John and Bren’s work here
Over the past month, Facebook has been casusing a right headache for business pages; and not for the first time. I am currently not seeing all the pages I follow through The Main Deal page so I am having to go a really long way round in order to see and share. If you too are having problems seeing posts of pages your like through Facebook including notifications from The Main Deal, make sure you are seeing what you want to see, by doing this, on the pages you like
A tweet was going round this week about a man in an American style Sheriffs car, not sure if he was causing a nuisance or having a laugh, did anyone see him?
The Station House, Open house Day will be on Friday 29th July – more information will follow soon about times. Keep your ear to the ground people
The new eating establishments are to be called Hot EatZ and Kool TreatZ – a mixture of all kinds of things, hoping this is going to be a new evening takeout?
31st July there will be a 5 a side charity gala being held At Aberford Albion FC pitch,
Reading on Garforth Gossip 12th July..........
Scholes main street is being resurfaced starting from the 11th July for 2 days, York Road is being resurfaced at the end of the Scholes junction, starting Today for 3 days and now Selby Road from Colton to the Old George Roundabout is to have resurfacing work done for 2 days starting tomorrow, so basically if you don't want to get stuck in traffic trying to leave Garforth, you'll need to take the M1 ..... well planned Highways .
High Street Awards – I will be looking into this, this year, would you nominate our high street and get rewards for it? Take a look, and if you can help, please email me on Christine@themaindeal.co.uk
Information shared by the WYP, East Leeds
In the last week there have been a number of incidents in the Garforth area where tradesmen going door to door have agreed to do work and the quality of the work has been very poor or very expensive. Please make your elderly neighbours aware.
Our advice would be to only used tradesmen recommended by friends
I have mentioned before on social media and I please ask again, share with your family who drive. I see it too often driving round Garforth, drivers texting, whether it’s sending a message or changing tunes on their phone, PLEASE STOP, do you know motorists are 23 times more likely to crash if texting – this is why
Please note some of the scenes in this video are quite graphic - but it needs to be watched so you get the true impact of what can happen.
I'm off on Leeds Sky Ride on Sunday, let’s hope the rain stays off and I don’t collide with some safety barrier #familycycle round the city we love
Have a good weekend and be kind to each other and our local businesses
Until next week .................
Where is the heatwave we were promised? Someone #tag upstairs and ask him up there when he's meant to be sending good weather please!
Anyway today is SCUD Day stands for Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama Day, and encourages those of us whose lives might have a touch too much drama to step back, relax, and enjoy the funnier side of life. Relaxation and humour are good for your physical and mental well being, so turn the drama down a notch and enjoy a good laugh instead.
What do you think to the new look of the website? When it was updated in January, for some reason, the Search functionality disappeared, so we've brought it back, which now makes it even easier to search the vast amount of information that has been uploaded to the site over the past 19 months – put anything in, I even searched, Cheese the other day and it came up with a place you can buy it! Thanks to Matt Gibbons at LS25 Web Design, always ever so helpful
Who came to the Garforth Arts Festival, Main Street event last Saturday? Despite the morning weather, it went really well. The bands that Richard Sharp had organised were brilliant; haven’t we got some fantastic local talent? Next year we want to go bigger – please comment and let us have your thoughts
After a long day of helping out at the festival; which included straddling a large line of balloons at 8.30 in the morning! It was time for some rest and back to Cielo for the, Three Sisters Supper Club, pop up restaurant. On arrival you’re shown to your seat, as there were only two of us it means you can sit with some you may know and some you may not, but it’s great. After ordering some beers and a bottle of wine, appetisers soon followed, this time we had a haggis sort of tapenade with crackers and a warm tomato salsa, I could have eaten it all for myself; but my mother taught me it was good to share.
Adam and Simon; aka Fish are the 2 very talented people who put some much talent and time into creating this fabulous pop up restaurant. Next course Pan fried spiced potato cakes served with a tomato, chickpea and coriander concasse; luckily I didn't have to share this one, such a great combination of ingredients, truly yummy. I think everyone on our table had the next course which was slow cooked lamb shank, braised in a spiced tomato and chorizo sauce, served with a sweet potato mash and buttery cabbage ; I wasn't sure I could carry on as my belly was full, the bottle of wine was empty and the next bottle was half full! Oh, but then my orange and almond cake served with whipped double cream; one of Adam’s own recipe’s I believe, came out...............I was well and truly done for, satisfied, full to the brim, #nowaiferthinham room left.
If you haven’t experienced one of their supper clubs, you really must look out for their next one, scheduled for September, keep following their Facebook page for the release date, there are only about 25 covers, so keep a look out – when you have reserved your place, you will receive a menu from Three Sisters SC giving you details about what choices you have, the menu from last week is up for you to get an idea. #gofollow
Twitter https://twitter.com/3sisterssupper and
Instagram - Three Sisters Supper Club
A couple of things on over the weekend
Pease of Garforth have their BBQ demonstration event tomorrow from 10am – 4pm with cooks from Calorgas and more importantly, meat from Firths Butchers, there will be tasters on offer, demo’s of BBQ’s and special offers on some models including face painting, balloon modelling and magic by Michael the Magician and some special clearance lines on the day too... so I hear
Worth a look and a taste
If you haven’t got your tickets yet, email the lovely Jane Harrison for your tickets for a spectacular event tomorrow evening with St Peter’s Consort at St Mary's Church – wine and nibbles too and all for £3.00
Next week is open week at Scribblers preschool play group
Vogue Bar is back open again this weekend..... please note, it is just a bar, it's not a wine bar or a club, just a bar serving bottled beers etc
Over the next coming month there will be a couple of launch parties, so watch this space. One will be from CA Hair Design as Caroline moves her great hairdressing business to the building with Freshly Made on Aberford Road, a great location with free parking outside and she has lots of great plans too #crossmarketing
I have a meeting with Joanne from The Station House Cafe tomorrow, not long now until opening; I'm sure they’re running on Duracell batteries! I'm meeting to discuss their little launch evening
Lots of people have been asking me about this year’s Crickets Camps during the school holidays, both here in Garforth and Kippax. One of my contacts spoke to Tony Bowry this morning, one of the organisers and he just has a few issues to sort out before he can release the booking information, I will keep you posted when I know.
I see pictures are up of the development on Green Lane next to East Garforth Train station, prices from £299,000 for a 4 bedroom house - what I want to know is where is the garden going to go? #motmuchroom
Strikes garden Centre has plans in at the minute, not 100% sure why they're at the top of planning applications now as they have built most of it, unless more requests have gone in!
Miami development (Lidl etc) has planning in for 8 illuminated signs - it could be bright
1x Lidl 7.5m Pylon Signage
2x Store-mounted 2.5m
x 2.5m Lidl Signage
1x Illuminated Poster Display Unit
3x Wall Mounted Advertising Billboard with LED Lighting
1x 7.5m Gantry Signage
1 New Hold Estate also has planning in, to extend. As the information doesn't give personal info. I'm not sure who this is, could be something to do with Quirky Ales new Tap room and expansion : )
Who is on countdown for Summer Holidays? #teachersare
Be good to the place we live, it really is up to us to look after it
Until next week........................
A good start to this weeks blog
For my next trick, I will eat a musical instrument in a bread bap
Drum roll ,please
Occasionally, I wake up grumpy.
But most of the time I just tip-toe out of the bedroom & leave him
I've just found out 'Aarrgghh,' is not a real word
I can't even tell you how angry I am.
The guy who stole my diary has died
My thoughts are with his family
A fair bit of news in Garforth this week, with the Gala doing really well on Sunday; THE WEATHER WAS ON SIDE! The new shops signs are up on the new eatery at the top of Main Street (not quite chicken, but we will find out more as the weeks go on - they had a change of plans) CA Hair Design is moving to new premises on Aberford Road with Freshly Made and it’s finally looking like JD Wetherspoons have jumped over the last hurdle in relation to deliveries – I’ll keep you posted – Lidl has had approval from planning to create 100+ jobs in their new developments for Garforth! Keep your eye on their website
A few reviews to complete next week and Calmer by Christine will be added on this weekend
After a great meeting this week, The Main Deal will be looking at taking the next step on the technical train... this will be great for all, easier for our community and give even more information at the tip of your fingers about the place we love to live #watchthisspace
Matt at LS25 Web Design is adding a few changes to the website, getting our ‘Search’ button back, so you should see a little revamp of the overall look, it will give you an option to search for anything and see if we have showed it, spoke about it, shouted about it and if the information points you in the direction of our members and their links and information.
Matt also adding another category to the website called, ‘People who achieve locally’, and this was one of the reasons why
Gabriella started skating for 5 years ago at Leeds Ice Cube.
She now skates at The Ice Sheffield rink about 10-15 hrs a week (more when there is a competition on.) She has to get up at 4 am to get to the rink for 6 am Saturday Sunday & on a Monday before school.
Its costs on average about £10,000 a year for Gabriella to skate that includes coaches fees, ice time, dresses (she needs 3 dresses for competitions as she does 3 dances per competition) boots, competition & Exam fees & the cost will only increase when Gabriella starts to skate internationally.
Gabriella has entered The British solo ice Dance Championship for the last 2 years & has qualified both years going on to win the British Championship 2 years in a row.
Gabriella is showing great promise with her competitive ice dancing and has started to set herself as a very promising star of the future in British ice skating.
Check these clips from some of her competitions
You can help sponsor Gabriella by getting in touch with her mum firstname.lastname@example.org
Well it’s here folks, after all the hard work by our volunteers group and Garforth Arts festival, the second Main Street Festival is on tomorrow from 9.30am – 3.00pm There is lots going on, we’re going to have fun on the street we shop. The road will not be closed so please be careful where you stand, as I know there will be a crowd of you wanting to stop look and listen to the fantastic talent on offer.
We will have our fun local artist, Bren Nevison helping create fabulous artwork by you, the local community, grab some chalk and get creative with the Poppy theme Bren has planned – when all the blackboards are decorated, we will arrange for them to be put up on our local cafe’s.
Watch out for the stilt walkers, the skaters and the singers and adults, you too can have your face painted – look out for the man from team #marvel too - Look out for our great knittied hoops
#swingyourpants locally and come and say hello to us all
It may also be a good idea to either catch the bus or walk as it will be busier than normal. If you are driving, park down on Barleyhill Car Park near the tennis courts, usually lots of room and it takes the traffic away from Main Street.
https://youtu.be/LgcajHhMue4 - see what fun we can have tomorrow - here’s hoping for good weather people
This is also on tomorrow at the Methodist church, later afternoon onwards
On Sunday St Benedict’s Catholic Primary have their Summer Fair, from 11am, lots of stalls, entertainment a bouncy castle a bird of prey - I see there’s a great advert in their brochure too!
SHOP LOCAL with every business, it’s now more than ever we need to show support for our local economy
Until next week........
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?