So it's national, Ask a stupid question day?
Being blonde, I have asked a fair few in my time, like 'Why is Bill Stickers going to be prosecuted?' true! My friend this morning posted to me, how she asked, "Why do tuna fish like dolphins?" or, same friend asked "If Moses was called Moses because they found him in a moses basket?" I went to school with these people! If you think about it hard enough, you could probably laugh at yourself about a stupid question you have once asked?
Well what a weekend of laughter, as well as a few headaches… dam you Gin.
I went to Ribchester (yes it’s a place) just outside Blackburn and we stayed in a very beautiful holiday home. Witin walking distance we found a very quaint, independent Wine Shed. What a fabulous place it was, a shed full of wine from all over the world, as the weather was so beautifully last Saturday, we sat outside; 10 women in their mid-40’s laughing hysterically with wine….. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but we had wine! It's taken me all week to get over the tiredness.........
Anyway, I was back to it on Tuesday, with meetings and making new connections and discussing ideas for Christmas, yes, there I said it, the C word! But we need to be organised and prepared which then makes it all a little bit easier.
A poster for The Repair Cafe will soon be released in our library and local coffee shops and businesses so you can find out about the day you can come along and offer your skills so we can get this project off the ground, I will of course, be sharing it on our social media pages too. We've already had a few volunteers!
You’re Welcome to stay and watch our Beanie Boppers session then we have Songs and Stories for 0-5yrs. A session where you can grab a tea/coffee or juice and a chat whilst your children have lunch and then sing along and listen to stories and songs.
I can’t believe we will be in October next week. One of my favourite times of the year, HALLOWEEN, I think I have more boxes of decorations for Halloween than I do for Christmas and the #thomboys aren’t really that excited about it as me. I also love the conkers falling and cooler days, and being able to get my socks and boots back on and start to get our house all Hygge. (hoo-gar) Danish for a feeling, all cosy and warm.
I’m off to see Kylie in concert next Thursday – minus wearing the gold hot pants – ye’haa
Have a great weekend, I am out at 450 Pizza tonight, first time and I'm really looking forward to it. #enjoylocal
Until next week....................
Concussion Awareness Day - Well this worries me for my weekend a..head!
Not great to hear on Windy Wednesday, a tree fell, and damaged a few cars in Barley Hill Road Car park. Let's hope they are able to claim for any damage that has been caused.
A busy week in meetings this week
It was good to have a chat with Mark from The Podger, one of our great long standing pubs with long serving Landlords, Mark and Jackie. Mark has mentioned about some great monthly event nights coming, which will take most people’s boxes, depending what type of tunes you like listening too – exciting local events.
A fun meeting with Martin from Martin Shaw Fitness one of our local Personal Training teams. Martin had attended a social marketing course but was still insure about a few things, so a trip down the road with a good cup of coffee and a chat on how best to use it and a bit more understanding.
I had a great meeting with our local south Leeds team and local Garforth Library team this week in relation to the Repair Café we are trying to get off the drawing board and make it happen this year. As mentioned a few blogs back WE NEED YOU. We are wanting skilled people who can help on the odd Saturday throughout the year as we pick one Saturday a month with different themed items to fix, such as clothes, small electrical items, computers.
If you can help, please contact me on Christine@themaindeal.co.uk the things that can come from a repair café have huge benefits. Using lost skills, community cohesion, battling loneliness, upcycling, teaching skills, using our great library for great things.
We welcome James our local joiner/cabinetmaker of J_Mac_Joinery
We welcome Susan Davis, another local Psychic Medium from Beyond Ability
We welcome back, Personal Touch by Rachel, just in time for Christmas
New member joining us next week is Martin Shaw Fitness
It’s always nice to know our current members are happy to carry on with The Main Deal membership after their initial 3 month agreement, as they have had new leads and business
Well that’s me signing off for the weekend as I make my way over to Ribchester on my annual, Mumcation. As we get older, appreciating that we are all still here, healthy and well, it’s this, we should be thankful for.
Until next week ....
Hug your boss day - would you hug yours?
What a lovely week, celebrating birthdays. The Hubby and I celebrate birthdays, 10th and 12th, so, as every year, we go out and celebrate together, so on Saturday, we went into town planning on purchasing some birthday presents; we came back with 4 coasters and a pair of ice bucket tongs! Not very successful on the purchasing front, but the drinks and food went down very well.
From something so frightening, good things can happen.
There has also been some sadness this week, as a little 5 year old boy who attends Ninelands School was given CPR, as far as I know, he is responding well to treatment but it will be a long recovery. I just wish him and his family much love and I hope the children and adults in school are OK too.
This incident has given a lot of thought to parents on how very little they know about basic first aid. A lot of you probably agree, how beneficial it would be if First Aid was taught in secondary school as children become young adults. On the basis that this seems to be a need, I contacted the lovely Tony Clough, our local First Aider who runs many courses here in Garforth. I asked him if we could do something together where he could run a basic first aid course for parents, for a nominal fee and we would help to get as many parents attending a session. Tony was so very moved by the story, he is offering to give a FREE paediatric resuscitation session in each Garforth Primary school. Yes, he’s wonderful.
I’m just in the process of organising and we will soon be in a position to let parents know. This is a great opportunity for local parents to have some knowledge and confidence to help, should an emergency arise. I have also found out today that Ninelands School put a just giving page together to purchase a defibrillator. Over this week, enough money has been raised to buy one! A defibrillator gives such an increased chance of keeping someone alive. After training with the wonderful Tony Clough., let's hope we could encourage that buying one in each school would be a really beneficial.
We welcome our new Member, Sue Carrol a Psychic Medium. Sue runs many events, local and further afield, as far as Spain! Sue is highly recommended. I met Sue this week and she is a very lovely lady, I was just hoping she couldn’t sense anyone behind me! I sat on the fence a little with regards to adding a business like Sue's, how would people react to something so different. But after much research and chatting, Sue is offering a service that you choose whether to go or not and Sue will only give personal readings to the same person every 6 months. She has been in this job for a long time and is fully insured as like any other business, Sue goes about her business ethically and safely. She holds regular events at The Gaping Goose and The New Travellers Rest in Crossgates as well as offering personal readings. Have a look at her website and you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram– all her links are under here https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/unique-businesses-on-our-doorstep.html
Next week is my annual Mumcation weekend. 9 school friends and I go away every year for a catch up, a dance, a walk and a rest, a drink or 3 and we laugh from the time we arrive until the time we leave. I implore you to do this with your friends, whether male or female, just pick a weekend a year in advance and pay one person (organiser) a small amount every month – I couldn’t live without this weekend away. It’s something to look forward to, it’s the best thing for mind, body and soul and you have to detox for the following week , What’s not to love?
Have a great weekend and enjoy local, whether it’s quick coffee, a bite to eat or a purchase of a new bed.
Oh no, Burt Reynolds has died! Cannon Ball Run will forever been one of my childhood memories – RIP dude, and what a dude he was. #sadface
On a happier note! Welcome back Garforth, where did the time go? I think that has been the quickest summer break, ever! Kids are back at school and we'll soon start hearing their repetitive tones of Harvest festival songs, it is fun to see the obligatory September pictures of parents showing off their cute, and funny pictures of their loved one’s in their new school uniform; maybe it’s just me that laughs #badparent
So what have you all been up to? If you were lucky enough to go on holiday, I hope you had the best of times, I hope you were able to switch off and spend much needed time with friends and family, or if it was just a break doing things together at home, it's about who you're with and not necessarily where you go.
We had fun glamping in a Yurt for 3 nights in, The Cotswolds followed by a lodge in Somerset for 7 nights, the UK is quite lovely when you find good places. It was our first time glamping trip and I would highly recommend it, I’m getting a bit too old to lie on a blow up bed and have a cold face in the morning, so it’s glamping from now on in; it has to be said though, I didn’t really miss the sawdust loo when we left, but I did missed the night skies. Being in the middle of a forest, with clear skies and no city interference, night skies are magnificent. The #Thomboys were in their element breaking wood for the fire to cook our beef and bean chilli; Blazing Saddles style!
We equally loved Somerset, but mainly the cheese and the the Gorge.... fabulous place
As well as a local Author, Darren Walker, who has just had has his book published today, we may also be looking at a pilot to be released on the BBC based in Garforth, by a Garforth actor now living in London. If I hear anymore I will let you know, and he may be using local actress' too!
We certainly do have some very talented people in Garforth, amongst them, are a fair few local artists, some I have worked with and some I have bought Art from. I am currently having a picture commissioned by Bren Nevison which will go up in my front room. Bren is very good and his Artwork has a twist of humour which I really like, check out his page and I will post his completed piece, once I have it up in my living room. https://www.facebook.com/brennevisonart/
Talking of Artwork, I am currently having some large banners created, to go up and around Garforth, just for those who don’t know who we are and, for a reminder for those who may have forgotten to keep following – Look out for them and smile.
It's all go
We have seen a fair few changes over the summer breal, The Fly Line advertised for jobs, and they now have their team in training, I hope a lot of people are local people. They have also announced their opening for the 1st October. I see in planning an application for an Orthodontist to move into Stephen Pressleys premises is in, initially people seemed excited as it's seems to be a need for many, however I'm hearing on the grapevine it may NOT be NHS, so as I see it, a waste of time on Main Street, put it somewhere else please. But as I know landlords can be fairly money driven over better placed businesses such as much needed retail or options I have passed on for other independent companies to go in (which there are and people waiting) they feel a fourth dentist practise would be better! #notahappybunny
The Car Park at the top of Main Street is still going ahead, there are some things slowing the process, but it is all happening, and when it does, we'll hopefully see an ease in congestion on Main Street. I also see the tiny houses on Ninelands Lane are shooting up, I’m glad to see solar panels being embedded into the tiled roofs, I hope they will all be the same throughout.
Onwards and Upwards
I had a great catchup with Matt from www.ls25webdesign.co.uk yesterday, we have worked together for as long as The Main Deal was an idea. We have some plans coming up,. One which see will see a page dedicated to local recruitment. I want to help get local people get into local jobs. There are so many benefits of doing so, I’ve had a few success this year with sharing all I have seen through large recruitment agencies, so we are going to look at making this more of working page to help and let you see what’s about. The Main Deal is such a great platform for many things and I want to be able to connect better by offering more of what can help. So keep your eye out over the next couple of months.
You may remember the information I put up a few blogs back about getting involved in a repair cafe? I have a meeting with a lady who knows more about we can implement this and get it off the ground, however, I still need volunteers of people who would like or help and get involved in helping this become a reality, so please do contact me on email firstname.lastname@example.org or pass onto someone you think will benefit from coming along and giving their skills and knowledge to others.
I hope you have enjoyed the blog being back and your Friday read and a cuppa are reunited.
Smile at others, it's starts a trend
Until next week....................
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?