An 8 week term has been too long, the #thomboys can't welcome this break quick enough. However, a week is never enough. I wish they had 4 week at Summer and then 2 weeks in February and October. But it's Halloween and its all good, so whatever you do have a great time, if you're able to do so whilst juggling life. The last day of term, I have been with the youngest Thom Boy having a go at Badminton, I great Idea to try a new sport in school and your parents can't take part too; I didn't get too competitive; he is only 8! #fitnessdone
As mentioned briefly last week, Please come along on Monday 19th November at 5.45pm to Garforth Library to our initial discussion about how we can get our Repair Cafe off the ground. We've already had some great ideas come in too.
Loving the video by La Bella Vita released this week, A great reminder of the high quality food we have here in Garforth
Also, check out in and around the rest of Leeds for other things that are going on over the half term , just copy and paste the link.
Half Term Activities in Leeds - https://leeds-list.com/culture/days-out/half-term-activities-in-leeds/
Planning – some good news at last
I received a reply from Nick Borras of Highways
"Many thanks for your email regarding Church Lane, we are indeed looking once again at proposed parking restrictions to address the various ongoing issues.
Last year when we consulted the local residents on our proposals, we received widespread objections and took the decision to abandon the proposals at the time. However, with the issues continuing following discussions with the Ward Councillors we have agreed to revisit Church Lane with a view to hopefully getting a suitable compromise that residents are happy with and that addresses the problems. We are consulting at the present time, so no doubt we will have a better understanding of where we are in a couple of weeks." Fingers crossed it comes soon.
I also see local Councils are being asked to make sure any proposed plans for further Takeout’s on a high street are to be carefully considered, especially if they are close to schools, well I say close, 400 meters! This is what Garforth Plan and I mentioned when in a planning panel meeting for hours, some 18 months ago about yet another takeout gracing our paths, when Dominoes wanted a place. Takeout's are not healthy choices and as Leeds is already in the red zone of unhealthy options and choice of eateries, we certainly didn't need an 11th option of Pizza near our schools. Isn't it funny, people living in a community knowing a lot more than a load of councillors making a decision on a place they visited for an hour! #rantover I will be catching up with Sue McQuire and team from Garforth Plan after the Half Term break for a chat about this and other planning proposals/ideas.
Halloween – Have great fun on Wednesday celebrating what is one of my favourite and fun things to do, but, please remember there are still people out there who don’t always celebrate it. The rule in our house is, if there are no signs of any Halloween decorations. E.g a pumpkin or poster, we don’t knock. There are plenty of people that do and sweets are usually plentiful - Be kind and respectful out there.
I will be back after the half term holidays, in the meantime, Fred is taking over!
Until then, Happy Halloween
Monday started of nicely with a breakfast meeting at Garforth Academy discussing Year 13 pupils (that’s 6th former's to you and me) and their career paths, should they choose Employment, an Apprenticeship or University.
The idea was to talk to local businesses to discuss if we could help in anyway. There are many ways The Academy would like businesses to get involved, from Classroom speakers, Industry Days, Local Area Board Members, Mock Applications. CV Surgeries, Deliver Problem Solving challenges and plenty more that businesses could get involved in, and not having to give a massive amount of time up. I have chosen to look at possible mentoring once a week for an hour and to see if I can help with work experience, I bet I could certainly learn a lot too in the social media world from a younger person’s perspective. So I’ll let you know what happens and when. Giving something to our future generations, if only confidence, can only be a good thing
Tuesday I didn’t feel too well, which took my office to my bed and then to the sofa for a few days; I don’t do ill, I’m not very good at it. I think of all the things I could be doing or things I need to do, and when you’re self-employed you can’t exactly call in sick. By Thursday evening I was feeling a little bit better, and made my way to Garforth Garden Centre’s, Christmas Extravaganza. We have been, as a family for the past few years and it’s now become a bit of a tradition; I also had pain killers on my side. With a mince pie and a cup of mulled wine in my hand, we wondered on up and had a mooch at their Christmas shop,. It’s such a lovely atmosphere. My favourite bit was watching a little old lady dancing with her trolley to the hired singing man, who had a chintzy sparkle in his teeth as he sang Christmas tunes down the microphone. Love a bit of Cheesiness (not sure this is a word.)
Martin Shaw is finally on our books as our new member this week – With 20+ years’ experience in the fitness world, Martin can offer so much, check out all his details and links under our Local Businesses, Keep Me Fit and Healthy and his website http://www.martinshawfitness.com/
In The News
UK Tree of the Year – Could it be Europe Tree of the Year?
So, our local area has been in the regional and national news as well as national newspapers this week, and it’s all about the wonderful story, and tree planted on the way to Aberford, ‘Nellie’s Tree’ also known as the Love Tree to locals. Please read this wonderful, romantic story About Vic and Nellie.
It’s had the most votes any tree has ever had with over 2,000 – so can you help it win, Europe Tree of the year? Please vote before the 24th October so it can, it takes 1 minute to register and vote
⭐️An opportunity to see more info and ask questions about some amazing products and services.
⭐️There will also be some special offers and alternative products from friends of Savings and Scents.
⭐️Maybe a competition or 2!
⭐️Invite your friends and family who you think might like to grab a bargain
I see our local counsellors have been out posting letters to local residents this week about the construction plans of 51 swellings on the vacant land off Kennet Lane..
Read what they have to say (you can expand the text on your device) Or, you could always contact them if you want a hard copy
Mark.Dobson@leeds.gov.uk or Sarah.Field@leeds.gov.uk
SAVE THE DATE - More about this next week
Until next week...... Be kind, no one is better than anyone else - we're all in it together #showracismtheredcard
Congratulations to Princess Eugenie on her nuptial’s to Jack Brooksbank today - I love a good Royal Wedding. It brings smiles, nice outfits and a real sense of pride; maybe that’s just me. I like things that make me smile.
Mental Health Awareness Week
This week it's been about making others aware of Mental Health – It’s good to talk, it’s better to listen. Smile at strangers, hug your friends, you can truly have a great impact on people’s lives when they feel people care. If you also let them know that you are always there when they find things tough, it would be a real support knowing you could help, whether it's a friend, a work colleague or a partner. I find if you don't necessarily worry about things like others do, you find it hard to understand. I worry about very little, I don't get stressed very often and I try to always look at the positives in life, even when there's negativity standing right in front of me; there 1 or 2! So I see myself as lucky and try to give my time to others which in turn makes me understand better.
The Springs open
Listening to Leeds-Live on Facebook Live this week, they interviewed Simon Marshall, Joint chief Executive of Scarborough International Properties, developers of The Springs.
As an independent business supporter, of course I am concerned about the novelty period that usually happens when something new opens and how this short period of interest will affect our town. We don't have a lot of independent retailers in Garforth, we always strive for more, but sadly, without success, as landlords prefer to fill empty premises with chain or franchise companies or duplication's! As The Springs are more about retail, I can’t see it impacted on us too much, it’s mainly our food and drink offerings that may see more of an impact; especially as there seems to be lots of people getting over excited about Nandos, a posh KFC…In my opinion! Let’s hope it doesn’t detract from our wonderful town too much..
In the interview with Simon, he announced a few things. In 2023 we will see the opening of the East Leeds Train Station, which will take 6 minutes to get into Leeds. He has also said, there will soon be an announcement of other retailers coming to fill those empty premises., “Many more to come, in keeping with the quality of what’s already here, and people will be really pleased with what’s coming next; some high quality stores.” “Gino’s opens on the 26th October, rumours Gino will be there to the opening.” The Link Road will open up in December accessing the M1
The Odean Cinema is the biggest one outside of Leicester Square, a 10 screen cinema with reclining seats. Thorpe Park as a whole employees just over four and half thousand people – which is one of the good things it brings as it also brings apprenticeships; let’s hope that most of these are locally sourced.
I am certainly pleased about the Cinema opening, especially for the #Thomboys growing up. I like growth if it works. I suppose it does mean our carbon footprint will bet better as we can get all we need from Garforth and now here at, The Springs..
Ironically this follows - Love our high Street, even in the City
I picked up the Evening Post yesterday; not something I normally do, but yesterday’s article caught my eye - ‘Support your Shops to help our City thrive’
The Stats of businesses is quite shocking, but no surprise that a lot of independents would seriously think of leaving, due to not being able to pay rates and rent that landlords/government don't seem to want to change. Right in the heart of our city it matters too, as many of you will know, we have lots of great independents setting up and it would be great to keep them. As I have little faith in rates changing, I always strive to encourage you to use independents more so that the rates are not so much of a problem for our local businesses. The more we use local the more we can assist in our great local businesses staying. Shop with them all. Having a good balance creates a great high street and choice, just don't forget about the little guys.
Nice to finally hear that Westwood Veterinary practice will move into their new premises this weekend and will open on Monday 15th October – If you don’t know, they are moving into the new building behind The Fly Line - Good luck everyone.
I read there’s an application for two proposed flats to go in the white building in Chapel Close; because we don’t have enough residential buildings in Garforth! It was a shame that the proposed idea of the sophisticated bar idea was knocked back!
I hear there were a few potential buyers also investigating the building of the old hair salon, Te Amo on Fairburn Drive this week, but nothing in planning so far, only local people gossiping about a takeout!
Until next week - Give a friend a hug.................
The best smile is the one you pass on #worldsmileday
What a night last night, seeing the beautiful Kylie Minogue, pop princess at The First Direct arena, She’s so dinky and lovely, almost perfect. The list of songs she sang spanned over her 30 year career and they were brilliant, I don’t think she has ever done a bad song. There was so much sparkle, glitter and big heels, from men and women; it was maervellous. #camptastic
So The Fly Line opened this week for a hearty pub meal; if you like most things with chips!
A few people have popped in to the lovely welcome, nice decoration and comfort of our 10th pub in town. 10 now on the list, but I suspect this one might not reach the Garforth Gallon as it seems more of a place to pop in for tea or a Sunday lunch.
New member - We will be welcoming the lovely, Marie of Behold Me Aesthetics – Maria is a qualified nurse who still works one day a week in the ITU unit in hospital as well as now setting herself up in Garforth, above Tegan Hair Salon at the top of Town end, Wakefield Road. Her studios are lovely and I am looking forward to showing you them next week when she's all set up on the website. Maria offers non-surgical enhancements and skincare. Have a look at her website www.beholdme.co.uk for more details.
FREE FIRST AID with Tony Clough
Great to hear the free sessions Tony is doing for Paediatric Resuscitation in our local primary's are now under way with this week’s first fully booked session, at Green Lane Primary – We are still waiting for one more school to get back to us and then we can get all schools covered. This training has prompted our local schools to get their AED plans back up and running and pushing for their Defibrillators to be outside school gates, which will mean, you the community will be able to use them too, should the need ever arise.
Going back last year I contacted Nick Borras of LCC Highways about the carnage that is, Church Lane, last year, this is what he had to say,
“We have previously been looking at introducing a mixture of resident permit parking and double yellow lines as part of a Garforth wide traffic regulation order, to regulate the parking along Church Lane, however after fully consulting the residents and formally advertising the draft parking proposals, we received numerous objections. After receiving and considering the various objections, a decision was taken to abandon the proposals for Church Lane, and proceed with implementing the remainder of the area wide scheme.”
On seeing even more traffic issues and over spill from the Doctors and tradesman parking in awkward spots, it’s now causing even more near missus, sharpness of breath and near scrapes and shouts and frustrated drivers. Plenty of people who report the chaos it’s causing have wonderful ideas, as to how we could go about the changes needed on Church Lane, but as above, it needs to be right for all, and I suspect the council have even less money than last year. I have emailed Nick again this week to see if any more ideas have been put forward and just mentioned the 241 houses, many families, more kids and lots more cars on the way; I’ll let you know if I get a reply
Leeds Road - Road Closure - Sunday 7th October
The road will be closed from 9am – 5pm, local access will be maintained at all times. The road will be closed to enable installation of the road crossing. Diversions will be in place for this time.
I will be glad when this week is over, It’s been a very long week, I’ve been out every night except Tuesday evening, some nights of fun, some not so. I’ve come to release I cannot burn the candle at both ends, no matter how much I try. Right I’m now off to Baildon to take band members of Sticks and Stones for yet, another gig. I may fall asleep in a corner, even with their loud tunes.
Until next week.......
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?