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What a great weekend last weekend was! . Feastival was the best in it's 3 years, so thank you for all of you who came along, it also means we are growing in the right way and the way we had planned. Even when the Feastival's stalls are stored away, we are still working on ideas, projects and plans for the next year, and as our team grows, the ideas that flow are amazing! If we get to do the things we are planning, the Feastival name will be seen as fabulous, for a very long time to come. As volunteers with very little funding, we work to a budget, and this year's budget was very tight. . So we would like your help for 2020 - we want to keep growing, and these are the things we would like to be able to buy and do next year:
Funds raised will help us:
- Produce promotional materials to advertise the event and support all the local & independent businesses that are involved
- Advertising the event in local publications
- Liability insurance and associated costs
- We would like to purchase our own PA and Sound System to be used each year
- Pay for more musicians to grace Main Street and entertain visitors
- We would like to organise other events and pop-ups throughout the year
- Anything left over goes right into the fund for the 2021 Garforth Feastival
To do all these things, we have created a go fund me page
Every £ received goes into Feastival - this runs purely by volunteers wanting to do great things in our community for our community
Have you seen the new shop window next to Cohens chemist on Main Street? Mmm, keep an eye on the hashtags - what could they mean? It's all good, eco-friendly and brilliant for our high street
As well as the cocktail lounge coming, the shop above, and planning permit for a new bar and bistro, we could have a new business in the old shake it up premises, something new, and this one could be my new favourite; a vintage interiors showroom!! Now come on, who's excited now?
We're truly moving and shaking in Garforth -
Unsung hero competition
Now, I'm not trying to blow my own trumpet here and beg you to vote, but the prize money could be worth something great - if you decide to give me a vote and I win, the prize money of £2,500 will be spent on usable art in Garforth, which is a project I have wanted to get involved in for a long, long time - so it all has benefits and put Garforth on the map even more!
Tell us who is your High Street Hero?
Nominations for the High Street Hero Award are now open, click the link below for a chance to win £2,500 for your hero!
Ends 22nd July
In case you're wondering, these are the things I have got involved in over the years,
I've been instrumental in :
Giving local businesses a platform, Connecting and finding them new businesses
Helping new businesses come to Garforth
Putting together a community choir
Part of The Garforth Feastival team bringing the love of food, drink and music to our high street
Organised training with schools for parents to be trained in Paediatric first aid by a great local first aid trainer, who did it for FREE
Getting parking outside shops in order people could park more efficiently
Currently, in the middle of starting a Repair Cafe in our library in order, it can roll out to more across our area
Helping organise our town to be Autism Friendly
Working with our schools to start a campaign together with a plan for lowering emissions, waste and less plastic with our town team
With this money, it would be great if I could buy some usable art for our town, pretty with a purpose
Well, it's our last blog of the summer, we're now officially on school summer holidays. However, The Main Deal doesn't just top sharing and caring over these next 6 weeks, it doesn't even stop on Christmas day, we keep sharing and working throughout, but the time spent in the actual office is minimal, as my job works around the #thomboys and we have lots on this summer, including a new addition to The Main Deal ! Watch this space, mid-August.
From 5.30pm - Gin Friday of course with The Gin Shack at Quirky
from 12.30pm - Gaping Goose with hit great Friday nights offer and burger buys after 5pm
Cielo from 7-11pm - Friday nights just got better and the second to last weekend before they finish this great Friday night offering, and before most go away on holiday - let's hope they continue it on in September
From 8pm - at Bird in The Hand - Luke Flear will be playing live from
Saturday - Well it's GFest of Course from 11-9pm
Battle of the bands need your vote after 11 am they will open facebook which is where you will be able to vote for your favourite
Please put your local vote to our local musicians
Sticks and Stones, Connor Vee and Molly Rymer - it would be great if a local musician/band won
The winner gets to play on the main stage before Bulsara and his Queenies and the runner up get to play in The Podger, at Later Live after Gfest has closed.
Sunday - At Lotherton Summer Sports Cars in the park -
New home for our Summer event
Sports cars in the park is a casual gathering of sports/supercars. It's more of a social gathering of like-minded car enthusiasts than a traditional car event. Cars range from TVR, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Renault, Lotus, Maserati, MX-5, Smart Roadsters, mini, hot hatch the list grows every time. It Brings together large and small car clubs as well as individuals. It doesn't matter if it's new, old, kit or modified. The variety always keeps the event interesting. There are no SCITP show and shines. Only ones run by the clubs. It's Held in a very nice family-friendly location with lots of other things to do when you tire of cars!
Commercial organisations contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange stands/advertisements. No advertising is allowed without approval and must be posted through CITP. Otherwise, your advert will be removed and you may be removed from the facebook group.
As Garforth Train Station is going be closed for refurbing the car park - here is a solution - I have mentioned this a few years ago, but not everybody thought it was a good idea, in that time, this has been invented https://www.justpark.com/
Imagine being able to rent out your drive, getting money and donating it to a local good cause or Garforth charity - everyone is a winner - just planting a seed!
It is better to come up with a solution rather than moaning about a problem
Monday 22nd From 10 -11-00am At Garforth Methodist Church - - Holiday fun for all (under 8's with Katherine from Funky Jives - This is our family movement to music and dance class. The sessions are action-packed and full of fun! This class is aimed at Under 8’s suitable for both boys and girls aged from walking to 8 years old. The session provides little ones with the opportunity to release all of their pent up energy, dance, sing, stamp, roll, jump, stretch, balance, play, imagine and so much more all in a safe environment. Got another baby? You are very welcome to bring them along to class and of course, wear them in a sling or carrier whilst you join in the Funky Jives session with your child! Older siblings can join in (for half price) or just watch from the side (free). None walkers are free.
The session will be based around a theme and include parachute fun, bubbles and stickers. At the end of the session, there will be story and song time whilst your little ones enjoy a well-deserved drink and snack. (Light refreshments available but if you prefer to bring your own your more than welcome to).
Tuesday 23rd - 8.00 - 9.00 pm with Garforth WI at Firthfields Community Centre - July Book Club - Reviewing Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley and All Among The Barley by Melissa Harrison.
Thursday 25th July 7.00-9.00pm Craft and Bingo at South Milford WI Hall - South Milford High Street -Back by popular demand, you are invited to join me for a really fun evening of Bingo and some simple crafting on Thursday 25th July. We will play three games of Bingo and in-between games make three handmade items. The cost for the evening is £20 which includes light refreshments, a goody bag of products to make your projects ( you will have some left over) and three games of Bingo. There will be a prize for each game, prizes are craft supplies from the current Stampin' Up! Catalogues. Booking is required for this event, the closing date is Monday 22nd July. To book your place please contact me via my page. Thank you.
Saturday 27th - 8.30pm At The Gaping Goose Live Music - a band called Riff Raff an amazing acoustic band, Singing from 60's to now, go along and enjoy the night
Sundays at Few Gifts - Penny Rowe at St. Roberts will be running a Sunday pottery session - connect to Few Gifts to find out more - www.fewgifts.co.uk - contact them to find out when these sessions start - good local fun and learning a new craft
An earlier thought
As I said back in a post a fair few years ago, if you keep shopping local, more of what you want will come, you create the buzz in our town and more people will want to be part of it - a couple of years down the line and we're growing in a really great way - Good towns are created by good people
Until Friday 6th September (my wedding anniversary) have a good summer, enjoy your time away, if you're going on holiday and enjoy local when you can get there - it's one of our quietest months in Garforth - so don't forget them when you can visit
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 ?