Happy Garforth Lights Switch on
A tradition that has spanned many years but each year, since the new committee formed, they’re hoping to make it bigger and better each year. (I'm not part of this one) This year they have a procession of all our local clubs and children's classes walking up to the stage at approximately 5.30pm. We will also have many stalls selling lovely Christmas items, gifts and Gin…. Yep The Gin Shack will be there selling fabulous gifts along with popular food vans making a return again this year, as well as some of our local foodies with their own stalls, Cielo and Pride and Produce, so it’s not just your frozen burger on a grill, oh no, we have much more on offer this year as well as our local eateries staying open later so you can pop in for hot drinks and something yummy to eat. A few of the other retail shops will also be open and Ronnie the Rhino will be present and the FIREWORKS are back....... woosh
So wrap up warm, come and enjoy this long standing Garforth tradition; Let’s help put the lights on.
Stalls will open about 3.00pm until 8.00pm; for all those of you who are able to get home a little earlier. Lights get switched on at 7.00pm
And don’t forget Saturday, the market will be back from 9.00am – 3.00pm
Please note Main Street closes from La Bella Vita up to the top of Main Street at 3.30pm back open at 8.30pm
Tag yourself in on social media using #garforthxmas
It’s Garforth Lights! So officially I am allowed to be Christmassy, at last. I’ve always loved the lights switch on (except for that teenage time I was cautioned for using silly string 😂- proper rebel). And for those of us who’ve been around a while, our heart longs for Welifant, or free pie and peas from the old butchers! It’s great tho isn’t it? It’s busy, it’s a reason to bundle up and down the Street together and take part. We get to huff a bit as we try and pass by TOFS to grab a glimpse of the stage. We have some really talented school groups, dance troupes, musicians and singers! My kids love spotting friends on the stage. If you’re performing, high 5!
Cielo will be open as usual with our Christmas drinks; and out in the cold (me!) to join in the community market with bags of coffee for Christmas.
Don’t forget the market is there on Saturday too, from 10am-3pm there’s a great range of local offerings and the perfect opportunity to get some gifts nailed.
Sunday afternoon, we have the Retro Gaming guys back in upstairs for throwback opportunities to your old favourite console games.
So if we can tempt you this weekend to a Salted Caramel Latte, Merry Mint Mocha, Black Forest hot chocolate, hot chocolate Orange or Gingerbread latte, we’d love to say, Hi!
Do also have a look at all the fabulous Christmas windows, and if you pass by Scream’s window, they’re collecting new toys and gifts towards Radio Aire’s ‘cash for kids’ and I’d encourage you to get involved if you can.
Have a great weekend and thanks for indulging me 3 sessions of thoughts and self-promotion!!!
Happy festive season all, Linda
Out and About
I've been out and about a few times this week, eating of course. My goal this year was to lose 2 stone; only 3 stone to go! When we have such fabulous food offerings in our town, it’s so hard look at the waist line and just say no… thank god for Zumba and Spinning.
Caroline Atha of CASoD and I have been to The Station House Café this morning, for a relaxing and Christmassy bite to eat; a herby sausage ciabatta called my name, see I'm rubbish! It’s not often Caroline and I get chance to sit and chat, as we’re both always so busy, but sometimes, it’s good to make time, catch up and have a good old chin wag especially in one of the best places we have on the doorstep. On leaving the Station House, we walked across the bridge towards the car which was parked in Tesco's, and I felt this thing, wafting at my side! As I had got up from the chair in the cafe, I had somehow managed to take the Christmas covering with me... the fact it took a while for me to notice, this big red cloth dragging behind me is a little worrying! I returned to Jo at Cafe and apologised, but Jo knowing me so well, just laughed... well I am a scouser, we do tend to take things without realising.
More houses proposed for the land of the former Garforth Clinic - 9 in total I think - We're becoming a lego town, add on here, add on there. There is no long term thought of LCC letting every Developer build and build and build. The problem Is, we’re a commuter town with great schools and in the words of Robert DeNiro in Taxi, ‘You wanna piece of me’ it seems everyone does. Come on LCC think long term, the impact on our town is getting hideous, people are already strangling each other on Garforth Gossip over traffic, parking, dentists and schools.... No Room at the Inn
Anyway, have a great weekend in our town, the place you chose to call home #uselocal #belocal
My Christmas starts this weekend.
Until next week.............
So it seems - Go take a hike, from where I come from, this has nothing to do with walking in the wilderness!
Did you know, Garforth Academy is nearly 50 years old. I have sent an email to them to see if I can help promote information to our community. Where you a student when it first opened? More information to come
We welcome, Emsleys Solicitors and look forward to them becoming members next week.
It has been another busy week in TMD HQ, as well as work and sorting things out for our up and coming #useyourloaf promotion, it has also been a big birthday for the eldest #thomboy now aged 12. At 12 you can watch better films, take adult medicines (not sure this is something to celebrate) but sadly, at 12, you can no longer go to most soft play centres, all say boo. So last week, I took both #thomboys to test out the newly refurbished, Monkey Maze.
This was our thoughts;
Thomboy 1 - aged 7 - ' It's good for younger kids, but it's not as big as before, I liked it better before'
Thomboy 2 - aged 11 - 'there was more to do in the old one, it looks really big but it's mainly mirrors at the back' great for 5 year olds'
ThomMum - The cafe area is much better, from supervising your children and the choices of food and drinks are also better and it's much cleaner and brighter too
Tomorrow at the Welfare Hall, from 9.30am
Linda from Cielo is back this week,
In trying to research ‘how to write a good blog’, it highlights how fortunate we are to have access to such a great local community. Yes, hi! I’m back again. After a week of family busy-ness and drama, I’ve found some space to pull some thoughts together.
CHRISTMAS!!! Oh wow, I do actually really love it. Don’t get me wrong, I know it can be the hardest time of the year, and oh how it can highlight of loss and grief. But I think that is an important journey and those memories are often so valuable. The funny anecdotes we recall can bring healing tears.
The saddest thing for me is when Christmas highlights a lack, a lack of a family Christmas, of fun and care and time around the table putting the world right. When company is missing and the manic marketing only goes to rub salt in the wounds of what we think everyone else is experiencing. Whether that’s childhood past, or current experiences, I feel it’s such a robbery.
I love Christmas because yes, I am a Christian so it has a profound special place as a celebration. (And yes, I know the roots of the date are pagan, bear with me here! It’s not a Jesus rant. It’s about getting back to what it should be.)
If you’re having a birthday party, you don’t want any of your guests to feel like they may as well not have turned up. Or like they don’t really fit in. Even worse, that they shouldn’t have some food or cake because they weren’t on the invite list but just a plus one. You’d want everyone to go home saying they’d had a great time! Maybe even a party bag full of lovely stuff, a real treat of an event. Best. Day. Ever.
This will be our 8th Christmas morning opening. We didn’t the first year, I mean it’s a bit odd to go to work on Christmas Day if you don’t have to eh? But that first year, we came back to work in the New Year and were so saddened by some people’s Christmas time. How could we have dear regulars, who didn’t see anyone on Christmas or Boxing Day??! Wow.
So this year will be the same again, a disorganised hour or so of coffee and friends. We will also be around at the Christmas lights switch on market, and will be doing our Cielo Sings Carols on the 23rd December.
I’m so glad we look out for our neighbours and check in on people we know who may need a hello. Well done Garforth, I think we’re really good at this! Seth Godin says "How was your day?" is a question that matters a lot more than it seems.
Have a great Christmas, and maybe we’ll see you sometime over the season.
Oo and P.S. Christmas drinks launch today
If you haven’t caught up on social media, Mark Dobson and Jackie Simpson from Garforth Flood Group went to shout very loud at planning panel yesterday, unfortunately heir last attempt to get their points across about what problems are going to occur when these houses come, even though their points are completely valid and realistic, they were not listened to, LCC have just let the developers get what they want; which is lots of money.
No-one has ever disagreed that something else other than Stocks Blocks would be better suited to this land, however I feel like a lot of you do, 241 houses are not it – I’m sure we will all look forward to the road works, the disruption, the flooding, the lack of school provision and overpriced houses that very few can afford.
Leeds City Council Planning Panel…. Proving time and time again that the people in towns , do not have a voice
20th November - Road Works widening at the existing traffic signal junction between Main Street, Aberford Road, Wakefield Road and Barrowby lane.
The works will be carried out from 20th November for approximately 6 weeks from 9.30am – 3.30pm, helping to avoid peak time traffic.
There will be a 4 way traffic light system in place and the works will be restricted from Monday-Friday only.
This weekend, i's the start of the major Christmas Shopping for many - Give it a try, a local shop buy
The likes of Pease, Dorothy Annes, Pride and Produce, The Station House Cafe, The Gin Shack, Personal Touch by Rachel and our local beauticians plus man more, we have some great choices
Until next week.......
Thank you to our wonderful Garforth & District Lions that make Garforth that extra bit special. What a great fireworks display we had last Friday, super and spectacular, and of course, as always great organisation and all for free - I hope you dug deep in your pockets and gave what pennies you had .
A lot of our Garforth and District Lions have been volunteering for many, many years and they could always do with some, 'new blood' so if you can spare a little time, please get in touch with them through their Facebook page. As I suspect when the older generation of Lions have come to a time when they need to step down, we'll be minus a fair few.
After we had 'Ooo'd and Ahhh'd at the fireworks, I invited friends and kids back to our house for a, Bonfire Supper of slow cooked Chilli with slow braised beef from Willow Park Farm with Jacket Potatoes from The Green grocers and then lots of gin and sweets.... I think we should celebrate all the fun things in life and this is one of them. It's one of my Hygge (hu-gah) moments. Getting ready for winter, dark nights and cosying up.....drinking Gin has just hopped on Board.
Talking of Gin, I hope Rebecca from The Gin Shack enjoyed her first year Anniversary at Quirky's last Friday too - it's always so good to hear and celebrate a first year in business and Rebecca has worked extremely hard to get this business where it is. Congratulations you lovely supplier of Artisan Gin you.
Today is a random ‘Day of the Year', its Area Code day!
In the beginning of the world with telephones, things were easy. You didn’t even call a number, you just called your operator and asked them to hook you up with someone in your town. Need the Doctor, you could not only ask the operator to connect you with one but ask which one she’d suggest. Eventually, the phone system expanded beyond just local networks and started connecting towns, counties, states, and nations. The first step was putting in a number system so that each person could dial another directly, but then there weren’t enough numbers. Area Code Day celebrates the solution that has become a part of our everyday existence ever since.
Our love Guest Blogger, Linda will be back next week – Linda has had a few balls to juggle this week. But she's looking forward to being back next week
Next week is Anti Bullying week – Be kind to the people you know and smile at the people you don’t. Don’t make judgement on what you don’t know or understand about someone.
I have had bulling in this job and as much as I can brush some of it off, I’m still a human being. As an adult you have to rise above it before it eats you up, I’m also a great believer in what goes around comes around; and to be honest someone not being very nice about you, just makes me be even kinder to every individual I meet as I would never want anyone to feel unnecessarily sad.
Bully/* use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone) The behaviour is often repeated and habitual.
Polska Fest this Saturday at Garforth Library
On Sunday, St Mary's Church will hold a remembrance service, starting at 3pm should you wish to attend
And on Sunday at 12 noon Garforth in Bloom will dedicate 2 mins silence for the world and peace along with WPF candles for everyone at the Garforth in Bloom's Diamond Jubilee Garden, World Peace Flame. We would be delighted if you could join us, thank you, bless you.
May all beings be at peace.
Well done Garforth in Bloom for the beautiful knitted poppies, sometimes things don’t need too many words
Looking forward to seeing the proposed changes to Enhance Dental's Exterior work – there plan is to make it look more aesthetically pleasing.
BE KIND, it's easier than being mean
Until next week........
Welcome to November
I had fabulous half term with all the Thomboys in lovely Whitby; the last holiday of the year. It's a great place to be in the October half term with it being, Goth Weekend and some great Halloween activities including Whitby’s spectacular lit up Abbey along with an adaptation of the great classic story, Dracula. A fun and friendly version, giving us chills and laughs in the dark with the Abbey like this
Hey, I’m Linda and I’ve lived in Garforth since 1983 when I was a 5yr old with a southern accent. ‘Plimsoles’ and other words were no longer acceptable so friends soon sorted that bit out, and it’s felt like home since. I’m married to Nick and we have 4 children aged 10, 8, 4 and 10months.
As long as I can remember, Garforth has been great at community. From the big things like the gala parade that filled Main Street with floats and music bands, to individual and family needs for fundraising and care. In creating Cielo Coffee House as a social enterprise with Nick, we wanted to be a part of this story, not to re-invent the wheel, but hopefully add to the community experience for customers and beyond.
When we have profit, we give it to local groups such as football clubs, Garforth in Bloom, music and drama clubs and so on. We also like to give our space, such as recently having the Garforth Guides in for a latte art/coffee roasting experience evening. We had a great live music event last month, and have sold out again for this month. These are great opportunities to keep it local too, having Adam from Amber’s Kitchen in for food, Quirky Ales for beer, and local musicians.
The world is accessible these days, and products and services can come from just about anywhere. But ‘keeping it local’ isn’t just a romantic past time thing. I genuinely believe there is a real value to Main Street, and small business. Many of us drive all over for shopping and so on, some of it essential travel, but for me, I also really love those times you wander up and down the street and see people you know enough to say hello to. I’m one of those annoying types that says hello to people I don’t know too! (sorry). Its not just important for those who may not see anyone else that day, or the older generation, or less mobile, or those with learning disabilities. Community takes variety and we can all add value to other people’s lives. Our 10 month old daughter, Grace, has a little extra, she has Downs Syndrome, and I’m so grateful to our friends from Home Farm Trust who work with us and come in as customers. These guys are legends, and were our only real point of reference when we got the news at the hospital. Just knowing them and how brilliant they are, gave us reassurance that we’d be okay. They continue to add value to my life each week.
Often, when we feel low or swamped and stressed, the advice is ‘just get out and about’. The medicine found is not just the breath of fresh air, but the interaction with others, slowing down pace, and taking in what’s around you. Don’t just commute from here, get involved somewhere!
WOTS (word on the Street)
WOW what a fabulous evening we had on the Fairburn Estate on Tuesday, there were lots of wonderful houses who really went to town; we do have some fun people in Garforth… yippee
One thing that stuck out most was how well behaved and well-mannered ALL of the children were who came and visited our spooky house, and from quite a lot of what I read and heard, lots of Garforth had a spooktacular Halloween too. Kids were saying things like, ‘Have a Happy Halloween’ and ‘have a lovely Evening’ as they left our door with a bucket of sweets.
I did however, hear and read that not all was bright and cheery but more dark and dreary over parts of Garforth.
I did cackle at some of the extreme posts though!
Some of the comments......
‘There’s between 70-80 kids on Main Street’
There’s no police officers anywhere and they do nothing anyway’
'Where are the parents of all these terrible kids?'
'Someone robbed by sons outfit and took all his sweets, he’s only 5' - why the parent not out with him?
Generally in a group of kids – there’s always one or two idiots and then there’s bystanders. We’ve all been there, don’t post ‘ This never happened in our day’ YES IT DID, Fireworks being thrown, eggs being chucked at people and cars, people walking over parked cars and mischief being caused – I watched it as a kid, didn’t agree with it, but there were some right idiots and there always will be.
The reason we think it goes on more now is we have something called, Social Media which allows every take, comment, video and picture to be broadcast before police can even get a look in; then we have the idiots that are adults, some saying ‘brand them on social media, put their names, shame them’ where you that kid that was causing mayhem back in my day? Not the most sensible thing to suggest really!
Believe it or not Garforth Academy are extremely good at sorting out behaviour of kids who step out of line, and as we have read and seen they are already on it.
Like all media, things are escalated and exaggerated and made bigger than they are. I bet there were probably 10 kids out of 1000 that caused the mayhem on Tuesday – don’t brandish them ALL with same brush because they are in the same area.
If you can go online and shout about how bad it is and the slag off the police for not being there. How about being constructive and log onto, West Yorkshire Chat 101 https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101LiveChat
and report it properly, if the chat group starts to get several reports, something will be done. Believe in our local officers and help them.
And so we move on...
Lots more events have been added of the past 2 weeks, especially in the lead up to Christmas.
Please check our Facebook page and look in events, so you don’t miss out on all the fun that's coming up
Until next week..................
Use your loaf - shop local
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?