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Today’s blog is all about our Garforth Lights Switch on and supporting local traders, shops, stalls and bringing our community together
This year we have tried to make the street a little bit more festive with little festive trees in each window with the money we have, no town has more money than the other from their council, only the likes of Wetherby if they have been lucky enough to have had a private investor #imworkingonit
Garforth Lights should be a community event, where Garforth and surrounding villages come together and enjoy the Festivities that their town is putting on. Everyone involved this year has given their free time since January to help put this together and make something good, better.
Please support the good that people do, its hard work trying to get it right. We’ve taken fairly big steps this year after last year’s planting of seeds, ideas have now turned now into reality and if this format works, then each year can only get better
Let this afternoon get you into the spirit of Christmas #getyouinthemood
SUPPORT THE GOOD OF GARFORTH – IT'S WHERE YOU LIVE
I will be all over Main Street from about 1pm #madladyrunning
I will be watching our Garforth Community Choir from 3.30pm and again at 4.15pm - this has been a project I have worked on with Arts Live and it's absolutely brilliant, we now have 30 people in the choir, created a Community Interest Company, working with other local companies and also other local people who are part of this great project and the people who attend are loving it. I will be there handing out information if you want to join this great growing singing community group.
So what's open and what time?
CHRISTMAS STALLS WILL BE OPEN AT 3PM -
Crafts, Tombolas, Mulled Wine, Sweets, Pies and Peas, Hook a bag, Waffles, Games. Christmas goods, Entertainment, Children's Special Guests, Clowns, singing
After 5pm - Shops open will be Ladycares, Cielo, Sweetshakes, The New Market, The Card Factory, The Factory Shop and a few others, Sainsbury's, Bargain Booze etc
Stage will be on from 5.20pm with Radio Aire
Garforth Brass band at 5.30pm
St Benedicts school Choir
Some fabulous acts from 6.00 - 6.45pm
FIVERAFFLE PRIZE DRAW - SPECIAL GUEST PULLING OUT YOUR TICKET
6.50 SANTA and Light Switch on
Please note there will be 'no parking' in coned areas from noon,
Part of Lidgett Lane (police station to the library)
Bottom end of Church Lane (library to Pinfold Lane)
Barleyhill Road (Lyndon Avenue to Main Street)
THE ROAD CLOSES from 4pm - 8pm
WHERE CAN I PARK?
Barley Hill Road and Barley Hill recreation car park will also be open
see posters for further information
FIVERAFFLE - 1 DAY LEFT
From this afternoon you will only be able to buy your tickets from Dorothy Annes and Ladycares
£1,200 worth of prizes for one person to win - we have sold a fair few hundred, can you help get our numbers up, all funds go back into Main Street for street projects
Draw will be done on stage and hopefully pulled out by a special guest at 6.45pm
Be part of the good of Garforth
Today is Peanut Butter Fudge Day, here’s a recipe for peanut butter fudge
After last Friday’s atrocities in Paris, it seemed last week's, Day of the year; World Kindness day, was not that. #RIPParisians. I also hope for Paris and it's future, and their local economy isn't impacted for too long
Met office have issued a weather warning for this weekend with forecasts of snow – keep safe, stay warm.
IF their forecast is right and we do see some of this white stuff, go out and have some fun in it - either way, I think the temperature is going to drop so wrap up warm and drink gluhwein
A busy week in the office this week after a weekend away in London, accounts and paperwork as well as plugging all our great businesses
Some great shops windows making a real effort for the Christmas Window Competition this year. Most of the little trees from our Fiveraffle 2014 have now been given out or collected and it’s starting to look quite sweet up and down Main Street as light turns to dark. #keepaneyeout
Please support our Garforth Christmas Lights, on the 28th, Many Stalls this year and a fun to be had. We’re trying to make what was already good a little better
Our Christmas Committee Comprises of Garforth Lions, Garforth Councillors, LCC Events and Garforth Traders as well as myself - working together to achieve more.
Formal letter to nearby residents - please note Christmas Market will also run from Dorothy Annes to Cuttin Room as well as from William Hill to the Co-op.
Garforth Christmas lights switch-on event 2015
We have organised a Christmas lights switch-on event for the local community. The event will take place on Saturday 28 November 2015 from 5:30-7pm and it will involve a road closure on Main Street (Town End to Barleyhill Road), from 4pm – 8:30pm.
From 3-8pm there will also be a Christmas market with stallholders from local traders selling Christmas crafts. The market will be located between William Hill and the Co-op. There will be a funfair in the car park behind Barclays bank and the event, which will also include loud music, will culminate with the lights being switched on and a firework finale.
As you live in the vicinity of the road closure, we are writing to advise you that there will be signed diversions in order to hold this event in the safe environment of a traffic-free road. It is the same diversion plan as we have used for many years.
Access for residents living off Main Street:
We appreciate there may be a need to get to/from your property during the event. Security staff / marshals will be able to maintain limited access between 4-8pm but please note this may not be possible whilst the switch-on event is running (5:30-7pm) depending on audience numbers – crowd safety is paramount. Access will be maintained for emergencies.
We apologise in advance for any inconvenience the event may cause you and hope you’ll be able to come along to the switch-on.
#WOTS (word on the street)
Are you going tonight – Christmas Shopping Event at Ninelands School from 6.30pm – I might see you there
This Wednesday is the next meeting with NETTO, please see attached invite link
Nothing in Planning this week, just a few things still on consideration
Trade is down on Main Street,
where are you spending your money?
PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HOUSE IS
A thriving high street impacts on your house price
Be kind to people, smile and they will probably smile back, a bit like a yawn, see how far your smile reaches #smilelocal
Some more enquiries for membership this week, watch this space – from furniture to Physio
I’m lucky in my job that over the last 2 years I have met some amazing people, from local Artists like John Harrison; who I could adopt as my Dad to local business owners who are so passionate about their products and business, to some great young talented people who make up a lot of our local bands that I support on the webpage, dedication and talent in our young people gives you a buzz that not all teenagers should be portrayed in ways they sometimes are.
There's a young lady who is only 21 works up to 7 days a week with 2 jobs, one which is her own business, certainly a young person to be inspired by.
Local Councillors and PCSO’s and like minded people who all want the best for the place where we live.
I also meet and have lots to do with local town councillor support workers, some really do want what’s best for the place we live and the towns we shop. I am lucky to have a good relationship with all my Members and feel they are now friends. Don’t get me wrong, not everybody wants to sing from MY hymn sheet; well besides Garforth Community Choir But I have had to learn to be thick skinned; being a plastic scouser, you’re sort of born with fairly thick-ish skin...
Onto the Garforth Community Choir, they really are sounding fabulous, we now have 29 members singing – and you can hear them on Garforth Lights Switch on, from about 3pm outside Dorothy Annes – come and have a listen for yourself.
The FIVERAFFLE starts tomorrow – please buy your tickets 5 tickets for £5; but you can buy 1 if you wish. All monies raised goes back into our street. Look out for little festive trees in windows this year which is where last years Fiveraffle money went, to make our shops a little more Christmassy. We were looking at trees on brackets, but at £190 per shop, we needed to have a fair few raffles before that can happen.... maybe a large local business would fund it?! #ginetta
Support the town you live in, spend an extra £5 in your High Street, put your money where your house is, and support your local economy and WIN 1 massive prize - move over The Gadget Show.
#WOTS (word on the street)
In planning this week;
Independent Vet Care Group are hopefully moving to Fusion Court (The new business park near Toll Bar garage)
The application has been approved for Genix to expand – watch this space as the old Habits building gets a new facelift
The Development of 11 Apartments on Lidgett Lane opposite The Library is still pending consideration – a fair few objections I would think with this area being a high risk flood area.
It seemed to have gone quiet on the Netto Front at the top of Garforth. After rumours of Miami becoming a possible Lidl and other outlets; had they decided to pull out or push forward? I’d chased the main man from Sainsbury’s about the next meeting date, but it all went quiet, until last night when i received a letter about the next meeting
AT CIELO - 25th November - 6pm - NETTO PLANNING MEETING
Wetherspoons now in a little dispute over the size of its beer garden(s) – not sure we’ll see it this side of 2015 – but you never know
The website is now well over the 43,000 mark this week, will we get to 50,000 hits before our first year ends – 9th January 2016? Keep following and sharing and let other people see what’s local
BUY LOCAL OR BYE LOCAL #GARFORTH
On Sunday and on the 11th November at 11am - remember them
I hope you enjoyed the fireworks last night, whether you were out at a display or watching from the window. There’s one thing about living on a hill, you see them all - I hope you stayed safe.
Kids went back to school this week and now, dare I say it in November? We’re on countdown to Christmas - please look at blog from Friday 9th October as it gives you a huge list of great ideas and links to pages of places to shop for gifts this Christmas – unique and different.
New Members on this week - check them out
C A Hair Design, Caroline Gilbertson
Hunters Garforth, Claire Errington
JML Ironing Services, Jane Lucas
Enhance Dental coming soon when they launch their new website
Last Garforth Hour Live night for 2015 - Saffron 1st December – local business Pre Christmas networking night – if you are a local business please join in every Tuesday on Twitter from 8pm-9pm it’s amazing what can be achieve in that short hour and who sees you. All you have to do is put #Garforthhour in every post and Re-tweet , interact and network with other local businesses – the last two weeks I have seen other local businesses doing their own Christmas shopping with other local businesses - what more could you ask for #shoplocalshoplocal
#WOTS (word on the street)
Christmas Bazaar in the Welfare Hall tomorrow from 10.00-noon
Tombola, cakes, Christmas Stalls, decorated glassware, books, bric a brac, tea and coffee – small admission fee
GREAT FOR GARFORTH
Lots of talk in and around Garforth about what’s coming, how big, who it’s going to effect, who’s saying what, who’s backing it, who wants or needs it - I will always share any information I come across and then it’s up to you to have your say and you never know, your input might actually help shape what is coming.
I continually shout about our local businesses, not just shops but the local businesses on our doorstep or next-door to you, please look at them first, they are online too.
I find when talking to community, people have or are just about to give up on the local businesses, and this is down to;
The Main Deal is here to help you find and see it
Now I don’t have a John Lewis Christmas advert up my sleeve, to make a tear fall down your cheek and feel all sentimental (or was that just me?) all I ask is that you think about local first; and not just at Christmas
The reasons above of why not to shop are not justifiable excuses to watch a business go under – Kippax lost the support of its community. THEY WILL BE GONE and it’s not just about losing shops it’s about losing part of our community if they do
Review page went up this week and so far I have had some really lovely feedback. So, please, if you have time, please leave a positive review of what you think of The Main Deal, what benefits do you get out of using it... you can help make it grow
A great follow on Facebook and Twitter this week - have a look at the links if you want to also follow
Look after the businesses if you want a good community
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?