All of our local primary schools have closed for summer break. Are we at this time already? 'says no teacher ever' All Teachers work extremely hard, I know, I have several friends who always look broken at the end of every term, especially this term. If you think school holidays are just for kids, think again, these are for our teachers, otherwise they would burn out.
The Academy breaks up on Wednesday, and then we can officially chill, or juggle!
No more packed lunches, ironed uniforms, polished shoes, water bottles, PE kits, after school clubs, lessons where things are required from, flour to cereal boxes. It will be peaceful on a morning as there will be 6 weeks less of, Bad Mum shouting 'time to brush your teeth, get your shoes on, grab your bag, look at the state of your hair, where's your book, have you done your homework, grab your scooter, WE'RE GOING TO BE LATE' moments. #bringiton
July in Garforth is now known as Super Saturdays
The Feastival couldn't have gone any better, the weather was mighty fine, people were out in there droves from very early on and the atmosphere was perfect, the cafes were buzzing, the library had a great day and people were smiling - thanks to all of you who came out and enjoyed what is, the good of Garforth
We took some pictures from the day and some professional ones, as you will spot, were taken by the very
Lovely Kelly from :
Tiny Branch: Creative Visual Design and Artistry https://www.facebook.com/TinyBranchCreativeVisualDesign/
and we look forward to Kelly's short video which will be on our the feastival website, very soon.
Here's just a snippet of the many photographs that will go on our website.
Roll on Garfeast2019
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Pease also had their 100 years celebration event and I heard it was a great success. They also raised, £3695.00 for 2 special charities. St Gemmas Hospice and the Alzheimer's Society - well done all involved
The Gasgoine also held a local Charity event on behalf or Reggie Yates which many of you will know, and they too had a wonderful day raising funds.
Cielo had a jam packed evening event, celebrating 10 years of independent business in Garforth, with a crowd of 90 fiends, family and customers.
Station House also provided full entertainment throughout the whole of feastival and evening with wonderful music.
Quirky's night time Feastival event was also very well attended, and folk were entertained by our local talent, which is, Luke Flear - I think Garforth have adopted him.
So to carry on the Super Saturdays - tomorrow we have GFest a fabulous, family friendly festival with music, stalls and entertainment which looks to be fabulous and what a great big thing to do, not only a great fundraiser for a wonderful charity, which is so close to many peoples hearts, but to bring our community together, again. Well done Andy Daw, his family and friends who are putting on this amazing event, I truly hope this is a wonderful success.
I'm looking forward to hearing my #thomboy on the community stage after 5.30pm with his band Sticks and Stones #proudmummoment
This is a leisurely and social session where you can drop in anytime between 9.30 and 11 am to make your carta. All materials to complete your carta along with any guidance / support will be provided. Hot drinks can be ordered from the cafe. It will take around half an hour to complete your carta so please allow enough time. Why not bring a friend and craft as you chat?
The cost of this session is £5, if ordering your drink before you make your carta please let the staff know you are here for the carta and drink session; I will collect any monies and settle up with the Cafe once the session is over.
Over the summer holidays I will be researching an idea for a 'repair cafe' which we have had the go ahead to do, from the library, who will also be getting involved. A repair cafe brings peoples skills to the table whilst also helping people fix things that are broken. We are such a throw away society and these repair cafe's could really help us recycle the things we once used. I am hoping to get some skilled workers who have perhaps, hung up their tools, who could come and help us, fix and mend. We are looking for someone who is a good DIYer to someone who can fix small electrical items to someone who could sew, knit, make clothing. We intend to run several workshops with different themes of things that could be mended or made into something super again. We are hoping it will bring people together, and bring our retired folk to help with what skills, experience and knowledge they have If this sounds like something you would want to get involved in, please do email me: Christine@themaindeal.co.uk
Update on the works to be undertaken at Charlie Sweeps Corner:
Dear Cllr Dobson,
I am pleased to say that following continued pressure, payment for the highway works at Charlie Sweep's Corner was received from Persimmon last Friday.
On receipt of this payment, a works order has been issued to Colas to construct these works. Colas will now need to mobilise their resources before provisionally starting on site in August, hopefully making good use of the reduced traffic over the school holiday period.
Officers within my team, responsible for the design and supervision of the works, will undertake a further consultation/information exercise when a definite start date is confirmed.
I see Stephen Pressley Hair Salon will be moving, which is good news as he is staying in Garforth but wanting to build on what the salon can offer. It's always great news when we hear of a business able to expand. I hear he is moving to the building at the back of Martin House and Sainsbury's - Good luck Stephen
Which also means there is potential space available - I'm already on it!
As a lot of you will know, Garforth Academy this week put in a new policy to have all children access the front of the school, only, so they could make checks on uniform, makeup and planners. Fair enough if children are not adhering to school policies, but unfortunately it has caused quite some upset amongst parents who where asked for their children to walk along a very busy, Selby Road instead of the field at the back of the school from The Lines. But today, we have received an email from the powers that be, to inform us that the back field will now have a gate open so children can walk safely through school to the front entrance - It took many, many emails from parents and the local Councillors to get involved for the school to decide his was a better idea! #eyestothesky
We now say goodbye until September, and hope you all enjoy your school/summer holidays, wherever you may be going, from Camping to somewhere, I’d say warm, but I think we’ve had our fill here right in the UK! I’m hoping it continues into the holidays and the usual, school holidays tap of rain doesn’t get switched on
Until September 7th - Smile at people because that's how they're passed on.
It's here, our 2nd annul Feastival and here's what's going on tomorrow, what and where
And if this wasn’t enough we also have Angels & Butterflies Craft Studio providing some foodie fun crafts outside Tudor Sales & Lettings ! There may even be some stocks and sponges to throw at the team
You can also pop by Lee's at The Greengrocer, he will be having some fruit and cream on special offer
EVENING EVENTS - 18+
Check out the list of all stalls www.garforthfeastival.co.uk there's plenty for everyone
#familyfriendly local event
#garfeast2018 Come and enjoy the fun this Saturday, Garforth will be dancing
Our line up for music is rather fabulous and it's mainly local talent
Steel Crazy Band
Garforth Community Choir
Green Lane Primary Academy Choir
Arts Live Rock Bands
Enjoy local, we have lots to offer
Grab a coffee, or a Pimms and then something fabulous to eat from one of our stalls and join in the fun tomorrow -
We'll see you there. Look out for us in Teal T Shirts running up and down Main Street.
These are the events that are on in the library
Use #garfeast tomorrow and we'll share your posts
Until next week, when in Garforth, it will be, GFEST time, have a great weekend and don't forget you can buy your tickets from St Gemma's on Main Street or book them online to pick up on the day.
Have a great weekend and #uselocal first
Who are you going to kiss today?
Firstly, can I please ask you all, If you are walking out and about in Garforth, please take a large bottle of water, or watering can if you are able to, and help water the flowers and plants that Garforth in Bloom have so lovingly worked hard on to make our town look so beautiful. All the flowers are just about surviving, but they all desperately need a water in this dry weather and the GIB volunteers are struggling to cover all sites, all of the time, so your effort is needed, if and when you can #watertogether ... Thank you and a kiss goes to you.
News has been released this week about Thorpe Park's proposed new Railway Station and it’s lead to be believe that the new station WILL NOT have any impact or closure of our current stations such as, Micklefield, East Garforth and Garforth – which is good news; we just need more carriages and better timetables!
If you want to find out more or have your say, click on the link for more details
It's been a fun week with visits, reviews and events, like this one, with some of our great local baby groups.
Katherine from Sling Swing and Beanie Boppers organised a, ' All things Baby' event whilst also celebrating her first year in business.
It was a great event and a good turnout with, baby stalls and other baby companies running workshops - I would like to see this happen again in Garforth, as I remember when I had my #thomboys we had to travel over to north Leeds to attend any baby classes, so it's great to see what's now available locally.
Here at The Main Deal I like to be a person that teaches our local community what a great impact you have on using our local businesses, first and how our local businesses really do appreciate you as a customer.
Non of our local businesses are rich, fact. Running your own business is one of the hardest challenges you can do, but equally business owners have to also love it otherwise we wouldn't have anything independent.
It’s also about local businesses coming together to support each other as a collective, and if businesses talk to community then you get more of what you need and therefore you shop more, first.
Support where we live, use, buy, go, spend locally, first as you're making a real difference.
Some of you, including myself have had a few concerns about the Redrow Development on Ninelands Road about the dust in the air - this was shared by Mark Dobson yesterday
Update on dust from Redrow site.
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Good Morning Mark,
Many thanks for your recent emails. Protecting the comfort of the community during development is very important to Redrow, and I detail below the measures that we are taking regarding dust. I would be very grateful if you could forward this response to your contacts.
We currently have 3 bowsers on site which are dampening down dusty areas as much as possible. It is not always easy for residents to see the bowsers in use from outside the site, however, please be assured they are being used as much as possible whenever workers are on site. Additionally, road sweepers with water jets are in use on a daily basis. Our site team have to get the balance right between dampening down areas to reduce dust, and creating a skid risk by over-watering and creating mud.
Given the prolonged spell of dry weather, we have reviewed our dust strategy and will be installing dust screening which will be located to protect the vulnerable areas in the vicinity of our site. We will continue to review our dust strategy, and we are confident that these measures will improve the situation for the community.
As mentioned in an earlier email, we are very grateful for your cooperation regarding this matter, and I’d appreciate if you could continue to contact me direct with any issues.
Shouting GIN FRIDAY, well it is Friday and there is Gin at Quirky tonight with The Gin Shack from 6.30pm – The weather helps
Saturday 7th July – Micklefield Summer Gala from 12pm in Churchville Road, right in the centre - support the local good as lots of volunteers help to put these good things together.
Saturday 7th July - Do I need to mention the Football? I’m not a massive footy fan, even though I’m a plastic scouser! I know, it's hard to believe, people often think when I came out of the womb, I must have been wearing red or blue; I didn’t. However, if you are a fan and you want to watch the game tomorrow from 3.00pm, here are the options fro our members;
Garforth Golf Range
They are all showing the match with drinks, food and snacks available to buy, and they’ll all try not run out of beer!
Or, if you’re wanting to make a day of it at home with a pre-match BBQ, Shop Local FIRST in the morning for all your Meat and Veggie offerings as well as the local Off License . Willow Park Farm, heading down to Garforth Golf Course have some fabulous meat packs and BBQ offers, for less than £25. Worth a trip, before we trip and make it our last game….. I’m only kidding I’m sure we’ll get through to another round. I hope so, as it's great for local businesses.
Sunday 8th July – The Gaping Goose, Family Fun Day from 12.00pm – 5.00pm in support Of Globe not for Profit
Sunday 8th July - Can you help Take a pride in Garforth with this community Litter Pick up?
10.00am Start from 25 Lidgett Lane (use back entry of Lowther Road) - All ages welcome children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Contact Jacqueline Simpson for further details Jacquelinesimpson@btinternet.com
Friday 13th July Green Lane Primary Academy Summer Fair and the Circus is coming to town
Tickets required for the circus only and they can be bought by enquiring with email@example.com everything else you can just come along and enjoy
I’m out in the sun this evening for a friends 40th celebrations; these young folk! #gardenparty I’m looking forward to Ginning (new word) dancing and laughing – it’s all good
There’s lots going on over the weekend, so enjoy, and start the countdown with us for Feastival, next week.
1 week to go www.garforthfeastival.co.uk
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?