Batte of the Boyne
One more week to go before the summer holidays are here, let's hope the weather is kind for the whole 6 weeks!
But more importantly, let's hope the weather is kind tomorrow for Feastival www.garforthfeastival.co.uk - see what's on, for the love of food, drink, and music - come and enjoy being local
If you haven't already, pop down to Few Gifts near Tesco, they have some amazing and unique gifts and they are open 7 days a week. I have bought a fair few things including birthday cards and pressies for me and others.
I did a poll this week on Facebook to see who reads the blog and who just don't bother, I was happy to say 75% of people do like to read it : ) Thank you.
Friday - At The Gaping Goose - Weekend Speical Drinks from 12.00
Saturday is busy, busy, busy
Well it's the first of the Big Events in Garforth this week
Come down to Main Street, as from Tudor Properties all the way down to Genix Dental Practise; we're making the most of space this year, you can shop, eat, listen, drink and stay local and have a great time.
See you there from 10 am, we're there until 3.00pm - And the weather looks a lovely 21 degrees; the forecasted showers come later.....
Station House will also be having their own little 'shindig' as part of Feastival, from 10 -12 Birds oF prey and then in the afternoon through to the evening, they will have some local singers. ahh, lovely stuff.
Also, Z-Fest is on, at The Gasgoine raising money for a great charity, with lots of good music, so when you have finished mooching around Feastival, you can pop up there as it's only until later into the evening.
Then Quirky will be open to carry on the day, so you can head down there from late afternoon and listen to Sticks and Stones playing too - I will see you there.
Tuesday 16th July - 8-10pm WI Meeting at Firthfields Community Centre and it's a belly dancing taster sessions, wear comfortable clothing and sensible shoes, £4 charge for non-members including refreshments - go and find out more about our local WI group
GFest - Saturday 20th - tickets still available at St Gemma's and online
Summer Sports Car in the park - Sunday 21st at Lotherton Hall
Excited to read that thew new proposed Bar and Bistro to replace Garforth's Hydroponics, has been approved. - I hope planning will take into consideration residential parking areas as there were a few concerns. Looking at planing, it will also create 8 new jobs! Excited that we have created a buzz in our town that others want to be part of - we're growing in a great way; move over Chapel Allerton, we're bringing Garforth up in the Leeds towns of places people will want to be, eat and drink.
As a Mum, we juggle so much, work, family, friends, life! Yet we never seem to have much time for one's health and well being, I know it feels like a buzz word at the minute, but without being spoken, in the media, in the workplace or between friends and family, perhaps we wouldn't think about! So now we do and so we should. Everybody's well being is important in the order you can have the kinda life to yourself. Today, as most Friday's I went to an exercise class, it's an hour that takes too much time, it's not the best day for me, a Friday as its one of, my busiest days, but I need to do it, it makes me feel better, healthier and fitter not just for my body but for my mind so I can juggle all the other things in life. Women, Mum's out there, stop feeling guilty about a bit of 'you time' as it makes time for other people then, so much easier.
Come and say hello to me and the team tomorrow, we will be wearing our Feastival T-shirts, so we are easy to spot and we will have out own stall this year, you can buy a lovely Totebag and help towards Feastival 2020.
Until next week, our last one before the summer holidays
What a lovely week – weather has been good; summer clothes have been on and I’ve actually put the winter ones away!
As mentioned in last week’s blog, as part of the traders Town Team, I have volunteered to take on the task of lowering emissions, helping our environment and reducing plastic waste. So this week, I had a lovely visit to Strawberry Fields Primary, my aim in schools is to start with our smallest influencers, what are they doing in schools, what could they be doing on the way to and from school to help our environment? I was blown away by their eco-council team, not only are they so sweet, but their ideas, thoughts and feelings towards their environment and what they could do was amazing – I have taken some great tips away and hope, over the course of the next few months, I can pop into all the other schools and see what they are doing too – on average, each of our primary schools have 300-430 pupils, that’s a lot of children, parents, brothers, sister and grandparents who could help in making our town a better place to live – lots of ideas already in place.
On visiting Strawberry Fields, I came across this fantastic growing tower of lush greens, which was a massive talking point - This has been lent to Strawberry fields, and it's at 66 days growth, so the children have seen it grow from seed to luscious healthy food. Soon, a chef will be coming into their school to show them how to prep it and then they can take it home! Look at what Nathan, the co founder of Rethink food is doing, and what he’s wanting to do in schools. To get these into Garforth schools would be amazing www.rethinkfood.co.uk it's all about removing hunger as a barrier to learning – some of you may recognise Nathan, being a Garfonian and an ex local teacher! - Since my visit and talks with Nathan, you will be able to meet him and his growing tower at Feastival – go and look, smell and ask him lots of questions.
We're going greener....
A great meeting was had on Monday with a local couple, who are bringing a new business to Garforth in August – this is so super exciting and you will truly love what they are going to do – watch the space grow, next to Cohens Chemist on Main Street
Collaborating with Garforth Security –
We are currently having a spike in burglaries in our area, which seems to happen when the sun comes out! As well as our great local Locksmith, David from http://www.mistersmithlocks.com/ who has some fabulous options for making your home and sheds more secure, this month, we have a great offer just for our Main Deal viewers – You can choose one offer or all three as a bundle.
Contact email@example.com Quoting #TMDGS and we can put you in touch with Dean to talk more about how you can get you your very own CCTV at home – iOffer is only available until the 26th July
Just a thought - If your excess on your home insurance is the same, if not greater than the above prices, it may well be worth chatting through these options to see if this is a better way of securing your home first.
Tickets for all www.funky-jives.class4kids.co.uk
Some of you may have already seen the new yellow lines down Church Lane? What do you think, do they have it right? It was going to be very hard to please everyone, usage by people and the people who live there – I think there is one major snagging point, they have put two allocated parking spaces right opposite each other at the narrowest part of the road, near to the Doctors, allowing only 1 car at a time to get through, I think cars may just about fit, a bus or a lorry might have a problem!
We will find out at the end of July whether another new Bistro will get the go ahead on planning for a food and drinking establishment (the current hydroponics premises on barleyhill road) I say, fingers crossed as long as they can help out local residents on Lyndon Avenue with their possible parking issues
Until next week – enjoy the sun whilst it lasts
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?