Are you ready for the half term, I know I am! It’s been a long 8 weeks, and my boys are on their knees, I’m dragging them out of bed, like a sack of coal from a mine! I'm also ready for Halloween, I love it! It’s funny, and the community are really good at coming out in force, dressed up, eating sugar and scaring people! We’re allowed to do it one day out of the year, oh no, two.... there’s Easter too! We’re only on this earth once, so you have to have a laugh and be silly
Please note: As keen trick or treaters, we only go to the houses that have decorations or pumpkins - we gather that if there is nothing in the house, they don't wish to join in, so please, likewise, be respectful
A bit about our new App – with more information to follow
Tonight 6.00pm Good Luck to Dan and Claire at Jigger and Jar tonight, their open night – I’m not about, but look forward to choosing a few cocktails next week.
Saturday 26th October from 2-5pm – Mane Hair Design Open Day. Let Karen know if you would like to attend by clicking on her Facebook page
Saturday 26th – Spooky Scarecrow trail starts at Lotherton Hall
It’s back and beware we aim to scare! The ever popular Spooky Scarecrow Trial takes visitors through the haunted woods of Lotherton and promises to be frightening fun for everyone. Spot the scarecrows as you tiptoe around the estate, just make sure you don’t wake them up! Look out for spooky spiders, ghoulish ghosts and wicked witches, hidden all over the house and grounds of Lotherton. Visit ‘Skeletown’ to see the scary side of the Wild West and get involved with creepy craft activities every day of the holidays. Dressing up encouraged for all of the family. Don’t forget to say ‘boo’ to the animals at Wildlife World and see if you can spot them munching on a famous Halloween treat, pumpkin! The Stables Café will be open until 5pm and serving treats to keep your little ones fuelled throughout the day. Last entry to the estate is 5.30pm
Saturday 26th 7.30pm at The Welfare Hall - Garforth in Bloom, Brass Band Concert with Garforth Brass - Tickets available at SPT Uniform shop £5 – it’s really a good night out – enjoy local and help raise some great funds for our lovely volunteer group
Monday 28th October – 1st November 11am -12.30pm at Few Gifts Half Term Halloween Craft Club with Penny from Saint Roberts Arts. Come and join Penny for a fun and friendly creative session at FEW Gifts this half term where you'll be making a variety of Halloween themed crafts including these cute little ghost t-lights. While the young ones are playing in the Art Hub, the older generation can relax and have a cuppa in the Gift Shop if preferred. The sessions run from Monday to Friday, 11am-12.30pm all materials are included. *£10 per session* get your tickets online www.fewgifts.co.uk
Monday 28th October 1st November – at Few Gifts 1 hour play with clay with Penny from Saint Roberts
Follow oWednesday 30th October Invasalign Smile Day at Garforth Dental practice 9am-7.00pm
Book in for a 30-minute Invisalign assessment and get a free 3D iTero scan of your mouth to see how we can improve your smile! If you go ahead with treatment you will receive free boutique whitening and £500 off your treatment. www.garforthdental.com 0113 286 7369
Wednesday 30th – Have your say – Activity Day 1.00-4.00pm Firthfields Community Centre
Come along during the half term holidays to sample lots of different activities. You will then have an opportunity to have your say and design your own projects that you would like in your community. You can even meet your local councillors!
DJ skills with DJ school
Drama and Spoken Word with Brave Words and Fall into Place
Sports with Leeds Rhinos
Biscuit Decorating with Leeds Youth Service
Cooking skills with ACES Education
Be on the radio with Chapel FM
Cycling with LS-TEN
and lots more...
The event is FREE ENTRY no need to book. There will be refreshments and a photo booth all free of charge. Please bring your Breeze card, under 11s to be accompanied by an adult
Thursday 31st 10.00am -2.30pm Halloween Half Term Workshop SmartyPants Studio
Let your children get their spook on this Halloween on our fun filled, activity filled half term workshop. Let them get funky and gunky making Halloween slime, scare their friends with wooden 3D spider mobiles, decorate magic spell books with room to hide all their secrets in the hidden void inside and create wooden wand pencils.
All materials provided
Children to bring their own packed lunch.
£35 Booking essential
Email Kirsty : email@example.com
Thursday 31st October – at The Gaping Goose 2.00-4.00pm, Children’s Halloween Party
Children's Halloween Party
Thursday 31st Oct.
14:00 - 16:00
Prizes to be won,
Hot Dogs for the Children,
And each child will leave with a little goodie bag.
Only £5.00 per child.
Please call the pub of contact us via out Facebook page to book your tickets. 0113 286 2127
Click on events on our Facebook page to access these up and coming events
Nothing new in planning this week, but hearing on the grapevine the new proposed business taking over the old Reed Rains premises will just be a bar and not a coffee shop!
Also – Looks like there are 2 potential new owners for Neil’s Greengrocers and the old Shed premises have been painted, I suspect we will have to watch this space – are we going to see a great new eatery?
We need between 6-7 places to eat and drink, locally, this then gives us choice to remain in our hometown, it’s cheaper than the city and you can walk home – let Garforth be a place you want to be and the night time vibe, will bring day time footfall
We’re changing...... and it's all good
Until 8th November, shop local, go on, spook yourself out
I love it when Facebook makes changes; says no-one ever! They've done their usual thing, where they change one thing and then another thing goes wrong, or just simply disappears! For some reason being able to schedule posts has gone missing as, has the ability to schedule multiple dates for events! Let's hope they do something to bring these features back. grrrrrr
Well, what a busy week it's been, both business and social, only 1 week to go and it's half term. It's been a very long 8 week term... i'm as tired as the Thomboys. I always wonder why I’m not a size 8, I do so much running around; business, pleasure, family and life....!
I’ve heard some great news from one of our local artists this week, a fabulous commission that we will, all be able to see. He can’t say anything else until it’s done, dusted and signed off – I will be very excited to see it, and tell you all about it!
So nice to see the signs for Jigger & Jar, the cocktail bar now up. They have been busy installing lots of great things inside and looking to open soon – as soon as I hear when, I will let you know. Give them a follow on Insta and Facebook
We welcome The Flower House Garforth this week as one of our new members, check out all they do https://www.flowerhousegarforth.co.uk/default.aspx
We also welcome back, David Woodhead from DMC Tiling & Plastering, David went to work on a contract doing wet rooms, but is now back working fully for himself, so it was really nice he asked to come back as a member,
he comes highly recommended for his work, check out his picture gallery
There has been lots of new enquiries coming in this week, I suspect businesses are excited about the new App that's coming!
I met with the lovely new owners of Predator Games this week, you may have just seen them just pop up at the top of Main Street! They’ve just been with us for just over a week, previously resided over in the shopping centre in Crossgates but decided they really liked Garforth and wanted to be part of our town. They have been running a games shop for just under a year, it is a family run business and managed by Roy – so go in and say, hello. They sell the latest games and consoles and retro games starting from 50p, they have a mini Retro arcade machine, they sell and buy Pre-owned hardware and do trade in’s for cash or store credit. As you can see, they sell merchandise too and you can Pre order for Christmas, they would love your feedback and are open to suggestions; they even have a drinks fridge, do call in, have a look round and have a good chat. It's nice to have something different on Main Street. Give them a follow
Pease, not all plastic
I had a great conversation with Matthew From Pease this week and how they have plans to concentrate on being even more plastic friendly, by giving people choices and options. This week, they have added to the mix, an option of cement, this bag is made of paper. They still do all other options, but would like to give tradesman better choices. Do you know they sell a lot of their small parts lose…? Not their own small parts, obviously…! Other DIY stores sell everything in little plastic bags, but Pease do many smaller items you can just pick up. Pease also send all their polythene and plastics to be recycled in Sherburn to a company called Leopard Recycling – so they’re trying to do their bit, They have plans to introduce other products in the future that have no single use plastic, such as their very own, Pease Tote bags – It’s nice to see local companies making small changes, which is a big start. Matthew says “If your wanting a premium cement and also want to do your bit for the environment, we now stock the all new hybrid multicem cement in a paper bag. Unlike the old paper bag this is wax coated so is slightly showerproof and 50% tougher than the old paper bag. Did I also mention its CHEAPER”
Tonight, at St Gemma’s Shop Main Street
Fashion Show from 7-9pm – Winter fashion, Designer Labels, Christmas jumpers, party wear and more…. A good night and a good cause – Tickets £2.00
BabyccinosMonday 21st October 9.30-10.30am Cielo Express at Garforth Library - Pre-school craft, stories and songs session. Enjoy a coffee whilst you're little one gets creative. All welcome.
Tinies Halloween Session
Monday 21st October 9.30 – 10.00am Garforth Methodist Church with Katherine from Funky Jives - All our usual movement to music using props but with a Halloween theme. Fancy dress is encouraged but please bear in mind the children will be moving around the room near others and going down onto the floor. Siblings younger than 12 months are free. Older siblings can join in for half price or watch for free. Tickets online
Followed byUnder 5’s Halloween session 10.10 – 10.50am All our usual movement to music using props but with a Halloween theme. Fancy dress is encouraged but please bear in mind the children will be moving around the room near others and going down onto the floor. For the Under 5’s session there will be a short story and song session at the end which you’re welcome to stay for. Siblings younger than 12 months
Tuesday 22nd - Cielo Express at Garforth Library 12-00-3.00pm Drop in to do some of our jigsaw and enjoy a coffee and a chat whilst you are here.
Wednesday 23rd at Kidzone 9.30-10.30am Under 5’s Halloween session
– All our usual movement to music using props but with a Halloween theme. Fancy dress is encouraged but please bear in mind the children will be moving around the room near others and going down onto the floor. For the Under 5’s session there will be a short story and song session at the end which you’re welcome to stay for. Siblings younger than 12 months are free.
Purchase tickets for all three Funky Jives classes here https://funky-jives.class4kids.co.uk/info/178?fbclid=IwAR0Ch5ZGk5_arLkaVtyaEGbBOEWOwidSk7jbOLGHo1GA6OMgxLi81F-SERs
Wednesday 23rd - 7-9pm – Paint and Prosecco Evening with Kirsty at SmartPantsArt
'Join me for my another opportunity to paint ‘The lady with the red umbrella’ Have fun exploring how to paint using cardboard strips, sponges and a tooth pick! You’ll be guided through the whole process in a fun, relaxed environment.
Suitable for all abilities including complete beginners.
This time the evening will be held at Few Gifts Art Hub, Lotherton Way, Garforth.
Wednesday 23rd October 7-9pm
£20 pp contact Kirsty at firstname.lastname@example.org
A fair bit of movement going on in the building behind, Tudor Properties, but nothing in planning! I had heard rumours it was going to be used for storage, but there does seem to be a lot of stuff coming out!
A large Dental and Orthodontist practice, Portman Healthcare Ltd have put in quite a substantial planning application to take over a large chunk of the building, where The Original Factory Shop currently resides! This will be interesting to see what happens here, does this mean the end for TOFS? Check out the plans https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PYH7DVJBGR700&activeTab=summary
If we had an empty high street, closed down and boarded shops, not much going on, you would be able to drive straight up to the top of Main Street with ease, no waiting or pulling in to let cars pass or having to be patient – which would you prefer?
Until next week ...
Apologise for last week - it appears half of our blog went missing, it has now been re-added!
Yesterday was World Mental Health Day
It is only as we all acknowledge more about our health and minds, does it give us time to think more about ourselves, and how much we all need to focus on us and not always everyone else. I’m a Mother and Wife first, then a business owner second, which doesn’t always leave time for me, and as many mothers will agree, when we do give ourselves time, we feel guilty! I think we need to revaluate ourselves and take more care, in order we can do the other things we need to do first, better!
If people were kinder
if people smiled at others
if people took more time to talk
if people looked after people
if we sat down and gave more time to one another
if we're just kinder
We would have a happier society, teach our children it's not ok to be horrible to others, it starts from the bottom and works it's way up to be a healthier adult
be kind, help each other we're all in it together
Good luck to two local Garforth sisters on Saturday, who are contestants on Danny Dyers new game show. They’re also known as, Sisters of No Mercy and they have their own podcast on iTunes – read more about Saturdays show, The Wall. https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/whats-on/leeds-sisters-have-bucket-list-moment-first-contestants-new-danny-dyer-bbc-game-show-wall-679805?amp
Talking of Podcasts – watch out for our very own, coming soon, with locals you will love and know - we’re thinking ‘Folk of Garforth!’ - We would love to have your questions serious, and fun – so please send an email to email@example.com for all your local questions to be answered and we will do our best to add them in - keep your ears peeled
Which leads us nicely onto
The new Audiology practice is underway, taking over the old Shake-it-up shop, we hear the owner is lovely, kind, and customer service is second to none – Welcome Victoria to Main Street – we’ll keep you updated on our social media pages as we share the lead up to her opening the shop – great for lots of people in our community and something very different. Even more reasons to shop local. https://www.facebook.com/theaudiologypractice/
Adding to the plenty of more new businesses underway on Main Street with Lilypops Boutique, The Cocktail Bar, a new bistro and bar and Predator Games UK, we just need another car park now. Wink, wink, nod, nod! – it’s all happening
When our new updated website is up and running on WordPress, (my fingers are tired from inputting data) we will also have an App! Yes, an App that will allow you to search for local companies and events very quickly. More to be revealed very soon, but I’m very excited to be working with Matt again from LS25 WebDesign who is great at understanding what The Main Deal concept is all about, as he’s been with me right from the beginning. I will be happy to shout from the roof tops when we are all updated. Always here to make your life easier, locally
Talking of Apps – did you know?
BorrowBox which is part of the library, is an App you can download books and audio books for, for free which are great for kids and listening in the car on a long journey – handy for October half term!
Leeds Bins is also a great App for adding your weekly bin collections. Put in your address and then it adds all the dates, when your bins are to be collected on your road each week, giving you a reminder to put the right one out; it’s better than waiting to see which one your neighbour puts out first
Did you know we have a page for local jobs? we currently have 3 vacancies in our area, Head Teacher, Dental Practice Nurse and a Tropic Ambassadors position - have a look: https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/local-jobs.html
I was so pleased to see this week that one of our very own lovely girls from Garforth, Lily Rowe was out in force in London this week as part of the Climate Change protest, she was on the national news wearing her homemade dress of plastic rubbish that she found on her street. What an impact she had and how fabulous to ask the very poignant question, ‘How long can we keep going for?’ Well done Lily
Tinies Halloween Session at Garforth Methodist Church
Monday 21st October 9.30 – 10am With Katherine at Funky Jives All our usual movement to music using props but with a Halloween theme. Fancy dress is encouraged but please bear in mind the children will be moving around the room near others and going down onto the floor. Siblings younger than 12 months are free. Older siblings can join in for half price or watch for free.
Road Closure on Ninelands
Ninelands Lane will be closed on Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th October so access Thank - Access to residents and Leisure centre will be available
I’ve been using this new page called One Network which allows you to see all the roads, the planned roadworks, dig ups It’s free to join and you can see weeks in advance – might be worth a follow
Great to hear, The Podger are soon to have a facelift and will be bringing more on offer too - Sizzle – watch this space as it transforms into something even better!
If you are out tonight at Leeds Light Night, enjoy, this year there are 60 light installations, you can download the App for just £1.99 or buy the booklet on your travels through town – I might see you down there
Until next week – be kind to people
Well that was 2 days and September was gone! The cold mornings are setting in and we’re feeling it. Whilst out on the school run, I walk past houses with curtains still shut and look on with envy as I imagine people are still tucked up in their warm, cosy beds, and as I make my way back home, people are starting to move, wake up, look out of their window to see what the weather is doing, and show people, unknowingly, bits we don’t want to see…. close your curtains.
I feel the lead up to Christmas gets earlier every year, even Dumouchel have their Christmas menu's out for food ordering; I’ve picked one up.... obviously!
I do love Christmas, the lead up it sometimes better than the day itself as I run around like an idiot making sure everyone is ok, this year I intend to drink a glass of something when I know they are, ok…the turkey will taste amazing!
Of late, I have been Vlogging on my personal social media pages; well it is called FACEbook! Being 45 and touching with a stick, the ugly MENopause, I feel it is my duty to share what I have been going through in the lead up to this ‘thing’ every woman fears; well I say fear, they just know it’s coming, don’t know when it’s going to hit and don’t know how hard it’s going to hurt! What they don’t tell you is that you may have years of symptoms beforehand; Peri-MENopausal. See how the word MENopause it’s got MEN in it, can’t they have it, it’s clear to me! Anyway, if you see me talking to myself or rolling my eyes in and around Garforth, I’m having a moment of unreasonable behaviour where everything just gets on my nerves; it’s not me, it’s the hormones!
I had a great night out on Wednesday with my Zumba masseef at The Station House Cafe. I had Pollo Alla Crema with Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables , Oh my goodness it was so tasty, I nearly licked the plate; you can take the scouser out of Liverpool..! Did you know they are open from Tuesday evenings now too - Eat in or order a pizza to take away #happydays 0113 286 6322 and enjoy Tuesdays with their 'Cheeky Cicchetti ' nights
I had a lovely email from a young lady this week, who went to Garforth Academy, she now resides in London and studying a masters in journalism - she is doing a piece on Garforth, I think it will make her feely homely writing about her home town.
She is writing a positive article about businesses in Garforth and asked me a few questions, these were my answers;
2. What do you think are the reasons for some local businesses closing down in Garforth? Over the past few years, we have been lucky enough not to lose too many, however we have lost a few important ones. It has always been my mission to get our local businesses using social media well, getting them online, helping them understand how it works and teaching them they best way to use it, consistently as this is how people now search - I feel if you don't connect with the people, they can't see you, they don't look for you, and businesses are still in this day and age, waiting for that passer-by. We also need a balance, and variety, sometimes influencers have let things happen without long term thinking, and shifted the balance by letting bigger chain stores move in, also creating an out of town location, which doesn't give people a reason to come to the high street.
3. Do you think it’s a particular type of business that has more longevity (and if so why/why not)? creating a night time vibe, brings day time footfall and I have lots of plans to make this happen. If we create a place people want to be with friends and family, then they come back for other things. I also feel Planning should be very careful what they let through, not too much duplication and with long term thoughts about other long-standing businesses.
Friday 5.30-9.30pm - Pie & Peas Pop Up at Quirky Ales with The Gin Shack The Gin Shack pop up Gin bar at Quirky Ales, Ash Lane, Garforth. A great way to try a nice selection of local and artisan gins every week. Join us from 5.30pm. See you there! No tickets required but if you have a special occasion and would like to reserve a table in gin corner, please message and we can organise it for you! PIE & PEAS FROM 6pm-8pm. Message to reserve yours! https://www.facebook.com/QuirkyAles/
Saturday 5th October 12pm - 3.00pm - Discover Vintage Open day at the showroom - Join us at our latest Showroom Open Day to showcase our latest Vintage and Mid-century furniture, lighting, ceramics and artwork for sale. Discover Vintage Interiors, Unit 13 New Hold Industrial Estate, Garforth. Leeds, LS25 2LD
(opposite the Aagrah, turn left into the industrial estate and then left again and DV is on your right)
Friday 11th October – The Gaping Goose 5-9pm
So this will be the last Pizza Box Co. night for this year.
Please all come and have one last Friday Pizza at Gaping Goose.
Please all spread the word.
Children Christmas Party for Children's Heart Surgery - This is being run by lots of local Heart families in and around Garforth and everyone is welcome to this great event
Saturday December 14th 2019 from 12.00pm until 4.00pm at Garforth WMC - this promises to be a great event and raising much needed funds for a fabulous charity
Nice to see some movement in the new Cocktail bar/lounge has begun this week
As mentioned in my previous blog, there is a planning application gone in for another cafe - if you feel you want a say in what comes to our high street, please do add your comments - look under Public access and place in Current and Garforth and you will find the details for 35a Main Street - https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/
P.S. Look our for the Audiology Practice !
Until next week...
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?