Happy Friday everyone. I think I have just about recovered from my Mumcation, and what a fabulous weekend it was. The sun came out on Saturday, the sun cream was applied and then Sunday, the rain followed and we hid in jumpers, but it didn't stop the chat, the laughs, the wine and the eating. I would highly recommend doing this with your friends once a year. Start by putting a small amount of money aside each month and name a date, all you need is a house and a hot tub!
What a sad week for Thomas Cook, all their crew and all their passengers. When a long standing company fails, it has a huge long term impact on people,. However if we look at the bigger picture, it is people's habits that ultimately have an impact on people. When we do everything online, big old fashion British institutions like Thomas Cook, BHS, Woolworths etc collapse. It's down to us. If these bigger companies are closing, then its worrying for our smaller businesses.
It was sad to read on social media today that as of 5.00pm tomorrow, Neils Fruit and Veg shop will close. Unfortunately they have tried many things to make a go of it on Main Street, but have been unsuccessful. I know we have had a fair few Greengrocers take on this space but also, they have not been successful. Perhaps a change of use is needed, a bit more variety perhaps! We wish Neils staff, luck in whatever they do next.
It also brings me onto this, if we don't use it, we lose it
Friday 11th October 10am-4.00pm with Smarty Pants Art - Join me in the studio making these super cute needle felted toadstools in a terracotta pot. Learn a new skill, meet new friends and have fun in a relaxed, friendly environment. All materials, tea/ coffee and biscuits provided. Bring your own lunch. £15pp Booking essential Contact Kirsty; firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her on Facebook
Saturday 12th October - Paint a Munch! At Few Gifts 11.30-1.30pm Learn to Paint - Edvard Munch a master of expressionism! In this session you will explore painting with flowing lines to create dramatic imagery. Juxtapose a dramatic piece with a happy piece.
£20 includes all materials plus tea, coffee and cake!
To book please contact Linda on 07834825134
or via email email@example.com
I see in planning this week that Reeds Rains old premises have finally put in an application. Unfortunately, it's an application for ',Change of use of estate agent (A2) to coffee shop/drinking establishment (A4)' these are my comments on the planing application.
Rumour has it - As Precious Bridals at the top of Main Street has left! Predator Games in Crossgates will be taking over the premises. I can not see anything in planning as yet, but with it being retail, it may not not need, 'change of use' so we'll just have to see what happens here
An application for EXPERT ORTHODONTICS LIMITED has been put forward to take over one of the units on Fusion Court, Aberford Road, which is just after the Toll Bar Garage on the left. Not sure yet if this will be NHS or Private Orthodontists
As above, we will now see more empty premises where Thomas Cook used to be, as well as Shed (barbers) and Neils Fruit and Veg, there are a few premises up for rent, who will take them on?
Until next week - look after the local
This weekend is my annual, Mumcation – it’s one of the best things in life. As a Mum, a Wife and the person that, ‘holds it all together’, being just me, with my best friends is the best medicine I can give to myself. I am so lucky to have such a good relationship with the people I went to school with and who know me inside and out – here’s to another year of laughs, love, fun and making more memories.
I have found so much more out on Ancestry this week, it appears a lot of my ancesstores on my Grandads (Mothers side) and both my grandparents down my father’s side all came from Yorkshire, So it’s clear, I’m in the right place.
It was sad to receive an email from Sheila this week, who is one of the volunteer counsellors at, The DaySpring Counselling Centre. After many meetings, thoughts and many years, they are having to close the centre down. It is always sad to hear of a business closing, especially when it has been here so long and been instrumental in helping people - find out more https://www.dayspringchurch.co.uk/counselling-centre/ they will remain open until the end of the year.
Do you know the excuses that people use to avoid shopping local?
I might not be able to park
Its carnage getting down that road!
Church Lane, you have to wait
I can’t be bothered
All of the above can be daily issues, wherever you go, don’t let these be the reasons why businesses close.
This is why, we should try .....
Nothing really to write on the blog about, a few changes requested for properties on the Redrow Estate, and extended section at the Mirchi restaurant in Swillington and The Podger looks to be getting some new signs.
Until next week... when hopefully, I will have recovered
Hug your boss day - did you hug yours?
What a fabulous week, celebrating my wedding anniversary, and my husbands and my birthdays. We’ve made it an expensive week for when the Thomboys are older! Presents Galore.
At the weekend we took the family to Temple Newsam and it was nice to see Garforth Arts Club exhibiting their work. My son bought a lovely pencil drawing of a parrot; he’s the Garforth bird whisperer! And it was lovely to be able to buy our 5th piece of local art too. Do you know that Garforth Art Club have been going since the 1970’s. They are such a lovely group with a real mix of ages and abilities. Find out more here, as they are keen to get new painters on board. They meet once a week at Halliday Court, just off Main Street.
Talking of Art, I attended a wonderful evening on Wednesday at Few Gifts, Garforth Art Hub with Kirsty from Smarty Pants Art along with my Zumba crew. We painted and drank, yes drank wine, whilst painting a picture by Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter - it was so much fun and I released how much I missed being creative. I hadn’t picked up a paint brush since my GCSE art days, and now it’s given me the bug. We’re already looking into organising another session with Kirsty. – Have a look and book on, the next session with Kirsty will be at Freshly Made, next Wednesday, 20th September. It’s only £20 , all materials are provided and you just need to BYO. https://www.facebook.com/events/662415470928548/
This week I received my DNA results from Ancestry. I have always been keen to know my Fathers Blood line down his father’s side as he was never mentioned on his birth certificate and my father and his twin sister were separated and adopted at 3 months old. They found each other many years ago, and ironically, we also found out his mother (my grandmother) was from Penistone, had the twins in Liverpool, came back and married again, and had two more children, one who now lives in Swillington! Now isn’t that a strange thing. So not only have I received my DNA results, to which is tells me I’m 74% British, most of my DNA is in Yorkshire and Surrey! So now there’s so much more digging to do – what family secrets will I reveal?
Whilst everyone arrives and settles hot drinks and cake are available. We welcome everyone with our 'Hello song' and then immerse ourselves in interactive story telling using scenery, messy play, textures, music, and scents to captivate your child's imagination. and inspire communication. We then take time for parent and child to connect through shared activities using themes from our story that are designed to develop the building blocks of talking. Information and handouts are provided to support this. Finally, we finish with songs about the story.
Booking in advance online. Introductory offer of £35 per child and buy 1 get 1 free for twins (please email for the twin offer).
Tickets (copy and paste)
I have been asked by our ward counsellors, through Leeds City Council to take down the LCC council logo’s from my website, they were ‘adamant’ I do not use them. Even though permission was asked and granted several years ago, so we could put them, with the many others under ‘Working with’, as I share all the local information from our council pages and information sites and library for FREE, which in turn brings numbers and people to events and activities! I was a bit taken aback as to why they are adamant I take them down! Anyone’s guess as to why, but it doesn’t look like I’m going to get an explanation, how rude! Maybe they will return we when we look at making The Main Deal a social enterprise!
Nothing new in Planning this week.
Treat people with kindness, because being rude, makes ‘you’ miserable!
Until Next week...
Welcome back to the Blog, it’s been a while, but the time has flown! I hope you all managed to get away over the summer, even if it was just for a few days to change the scenery, and switch off.
Grab yourself a drink, we have a lot to get through - happy reading
The first week of the summer holidays, we managed a few days away in Whitby; and then this happened!
Meet Winston, he is a very funny, bitey little fluff ball. We picked up our new recruit on 9th August and have so have been stuck in for most of the holidays until it was safe to go out. Winston is a Cavapoochon; a what, I hear you say? A Cavapoo with a Bichon Friche basically, a posh mongrel! My family have wanted a dog for so long, and it was a long time before I was pressured , forced and won round! So here he is. So far, he’s been a great addition to our family and is great company in The Main Deal office. You will see us round and about Garforth, when his legs can walk more than 15 minutes!
Anyway, a lot has happened in Garforth since the summer break, a new business opening, with Refill and Go, and what a great shop it is, not only does it have some wonderful things, but all the artwork was created by one of our fabulous local artists and creators, Penny Rowe; you know how much I like keeping it local and cross marketing businesses. If you haven’t yet paid it a visit, please do drop in. We are very lucky to have this great independent business in Garforth.
The old premises at Shake it up, also has a new tenant! This is not food related, and it something that we’ve never had in Garforth before. To give you a little heads-up, a lot of her customers will be so glad to HEAR she is here, so wait and LISTEN and see what comes along.
Everyone keeps asking me about the Cocktail Bar/Lounge. I have recently spoken with Dan, one of the owners, they are just finalising some paperwork and then we should hear more details, in the not too distant future. There are rumours they were unable to get a license, I can happily confirm, this is not true.
As mentioned in one of our previous blogs, planning was approved for the bar and bistro in the Hydroponics building, things have been quiet here and I haven't yet been able to connect with the new owner! Another planning application has also gone in for this on 29th August; I think it’s for some changes to the building itself, doors, windows, access etc, it’s looking good though, a bar downstairs and a bistro upstairs!
Reed Rains old premises have been under offer for a while, yet, still no sign of movement.
Lilypops Boutique will soon be on our doorstep. Vanessa the owner is a lovely lady and really knows her stuff, which is really great when opening a new shop. The shop will be situated upstairs next to Gymophobics where you will also find lots of other great businesses, this area is really full of businesses now, so go and have a look. You can access the upstairs by the front door next to Lee The Greengrocers/Co-op. In the meantime, follow Vanessa’s shop on Facebook until she’s opens on Main Street, as you are able to purchase items now, and she delivers in Garforth for free. - https://www.facebook.com/lilypopsboutiquex/
GFest was just brilliant? Such a good day and so glad to hear they have raised £37,775 ‘in a day’. Well done to all our local community for supporting this brilliant event and to the fabulous team who work so hard. I feel it’s now nicely taken over Garforth Arts, and the fact it’s all for a brilliant cause, is even better. A big thank you to all who voted for Sticks and Stones, winners of battle of the bands! Not biased at all!
The Repair Café
I have learnt over the holidays that our application for insurance cover to enable us to hold the repair café in the library, has been declined. I would love to say it was down to, too many other applications, being put forward, but unfortunately, as I am quite well connected, it is apparent there was more to it, and it was declined for other reasons – some people truly have no understanding of The Main Deal or why I would want to do great things, voluntarily - But all is not lost, we will now be applying for private funding which will not need to be seen by anyone who isn’t involved! Onwards and Upwards
Friday 6th September, 6pm-8.30pm
Saturday 7th September, 9am-10.45am.
Open to the public, Saturday 7th September, from 2pm.
Official presentation of prizes at 2.45pm, and auction at 3.15pm.
See you then.
An event for all the family! Lots of classes for you to enter - just have a go!
Fruit & Vegetable
Official opening of the show and prize giving at 2pm by Revd Jane Brown, Rector of Garforth (St Mary's church)
Auction of produce after prize giving at approx. 3:15pm
Cakes and drinks available
For more info contact -
Look us up on Facebook - Garforth Show
SCHEDULES will be available in the library, Welfare Hall, Allotment Hut, St Mary's Church and local garden centres
This is our toddler and pre-schooler movement to music class.
The sessions are action packed and full of fun!
Classes are suitable for both boys and girls aged from 2 to 4 years old
Every 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).
Each half term has a different theme and all sessions include parachute fun, bubbles and stickers. There is also the option to stay for 10 minutes for stories and songs which allows children to refocus and calm their body and mind.
I see the shop on Church Lane has planning to:
Change of use of ground floor retail shop (A1) and first floor flat to form a single dwelling (C3) and internal and external alterations. I think this makes sense as I’m never sure if the shop is actually open or not!
Planning applications(s) in for the land on Lidgett Lane/Beech Grove Avenue for dwellings. I think this has been in planning thoughts for some years to change the garage to flats/shops – not yet sure what their full plans are as yet though – will keep an eye on it.
I would love to see another planning application for a place to be, eat, drink on Main Street. I think then, with what’s coming, we will have a great night time vibe; it’s about if I can influence it happening – fingers crossed
How great would it be if we had more of a reason to walk to main street and enjoy being local. More options can make this happen, we already have some great restaurants, let's make it a place people really want to choose to be.
My motto for The Main Deal has always been, "don’t sit back and let things happen, go out and happen to things”.
I can, I try and I will
Until next week.
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?