What a great night Garforth Lights was, lots of things going on, the Christmas Market was really great, even the weather was on side for once. All the stage performers were also fabulous, especially the people dressed in costumes. I thought the parade to the stage was very sweet with many of our local clubs and causes.
Most of the young adults were very well behaved, just one group that stood out, the ones standing outside Bargain Booze passing round a bottle of white wine and smoking; maybe they should have stood on the stage, as being so blatantly under age and drinking actually outside the off license wasn’t risque enough! Come on, I’m 44 but not old enough to forget I was a teenager and drank under age, I can’t even say my parents were sophisticated enough and had me drinking a good class of Port at the dinner table; but I was 16 and drank away from people. Don’t forget, Garforth is so very, very, very town! I think the passing policeman soon got wind of their cheeky behaviour and put a stop to it; I mean, where else are you going to hide a massive bottle of white wine, Echo too…. not a bottle of Lambrini in site!
20th July 2019
GFest announces next year’s Festival along with the headline Act, Bulsara and his Queenies – We really do need Sticks and Stones and Luke Flear on that stage too – well they are beginning to get the most well-known bands, locally? Luke played on the stage on Friday and then had another gig in Selby – he’s so popular. Sticks and Stones played a fabulous gig outside Wetherspoons and were really well received by many, especially the landlord. – So maybe a little message to GFest to get these two local bands on the main stage at G fest would be good?! Go on, tap, tap…
.Early bird tickets will be on sale from the St Gemma's shop on Main Street Garforth this Saturday 1st December at the same price as last year.
Family £25 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
This week we saw Garforth and District Lions bracing the rubbish weather as Santa started his rounds wishing all the community children a merry Christmas
In case you haven’t seen it, here is the schedule right up to the 23rd December (my road )
Please dig deep and donate what you can, it all makes it happen again next year – Volunteers out in Force
Commitment to spending locally - I'll just leave this here for you to read
It's officially the Start of Christmas tomorrow - 1st December is upon us. Therefore we will see many trees being bought
You can buy yours locally at;
Willow Park Farm (next to Garforth Golf Range)
The Greengrocers - They're not getting a lot in, so please order with them directly
Neils The Greengrocers
Garforth Garden Centre
Berts Barrow - Hillam
Until next week - Happy hanging your baubles
I hope the weather stays warm and dry for this year's Christmas Light Switch on which starts of with the Christmas market stalls opening from 5pm, Procession at 6pm. Lights switch on at 7pm with lots of great things going on in between - be there and support local as few of our fab businesses will be staying open later to welcome you.
This week started with a meeting at the library to get ideas from people within the community about how we can start my idea of a Repair Café. We had 3 volunteers who came along and gave some fabulous ideas and offered their skills. We are now in touch with Leeds Repair Café and they will be coming along to another meeting I will be planning in January to get some more interest and to move things forward. We will also be contacted the local Garforth and Kippax Group U3A to see if we could get them also involved. – If you know of anybody who would like to share their skills, please let me know. It's all about passing on knowledge too.
I have been to see Nichols Fisher Dentists this week, a possible new client coming on board next week – It’s important we show you, the community what is on offer locally and what choices and options you have. With all our Dentists, you will be amazed what treatments are now on offer, as some treatments don’t even involve teeth!
Today I have been with Tony Clough our local First Aid Trainer for a day of First Aid and a little bit of videoing and taking photographs so people can get an idea of what he does in his sessions – film to follow
Congratulations to all the Christmas Window Winners
First Prize - Pride and Produce
Second Prize - The Urban Pet Store
Third Prize - CA Hair Design
If you normally follow the blog you will know I was never in favour of this coming to Garforth as it creates a destination for people to go, and may detract from the High Street, especially good old, 100 year old businesses like Pease. However, there is one good thing it has brought, 40 new jobs, I only hope most of these are given to local people
Have you ever wondered how The Main Deal works? https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/contact-me.html we are here to help give businesses a platform with very little cost but lots of help and enthusiasm for them to be seen in one place where everyone looks
Enjoy this evening, and it's thanks to the Christmas Committee that it will be another great Lights Switch on, with a band and whoop; yes fireworks are back. Look out for Sticks and Stones playing outside Wetherspoons between
Until next week....
Funny how today is international day for tolerance - can we, with all that's going on with Brekit! Can we just scrap this bit and we'll pretend it never happened - re-write history?
It's been a very long week. Hubby has been away in The States all week (with work), Thomboys Big Birthday; how do I have a teenager? I also went to probably the saddest funeral I’ve ever attended. : (
Running a house of boys with work, and fitting in my weekly exercise classes, the TV also decided to stop speaking to the Sky Box!! Google is my best friend. Saved my week.
They say it’s going to get colder next week, wrap up and pop in somewhere local for a warm, good coffee and a bite to eat.
After the Thomboys birthday we're now on countdown for the Thom family Christmas. Let the stress begin! Thankfully, Shopping local does take the strain a little, with putting my meat order into the Butchers and Veg and Fruit order into The Greengrocers and being able to pick these up on Christmas Eve, it;s something less I have to worry about. I already have my Gin for gifts order in with The Gin Shack. Need to get my winter PJ's for family from Dorothy Annes, they have half price Kids Chrostmas Jumpers in at the moment for all that important Christmas Jumper Day on the 14th December as well as on the lead up to Christmas too. I have already booked the Zumba Crew into 450 Pizza for our Christmas Night out too. I've made a start.
I have booked Tickets for the first Christmas festive event which is on the 1st December at Garforth Academy (see below)
A few for the diary
Carols at Cielo will be held on Saturday 22nd December at 4.00pm
The Garforth And District Lions have released their schedule of Santa Visits in Garforth
GFest have announced next year’s Festival for Saturday 20th July, it’s going to be bigger. I hope they bring a chip van this time! As a community can we raise much more money for a fantastic cause? We need to beat £37,500
Well done for a fabulous turnout at Garforth War Memorial last Sunday, nice to hear so many people went along to pay their respects.
What’s coming up?
News in the community about a possible development of a retirement care village for the elderly On the grounds of Garforth Cricket Club Read more here from our local councillors - A newsletter has been sent to approximately 2,000 residents and stakeholders, inviting them to an exhibition of the initial proposals on WEDNESDAY 21st NOVEMBER between 3pm and 7pm at Garforth Cricket Club, Church Lane, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1HB.
From Sunday 18th November until the 9th December, Leeds Road/Selby Road ( Charlie Sweeps Corner ) on these 4 consecutive Sunday the Road will be closed from 8.30am - midnight in order they can complete the works that involves large machinery.
If you ever want to look at anything local that is in planning, you can find out by clicking on this link https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/ - it's all public access.
Don’t take your Children for granted, you just never know what could happen – RIP Dan Jackson
Until next week
What a great Half term, it's just never long enough. However schools did get it right as we were able to enjoy Halloween and The Garforth and District Lions Firework night during this time. There was so many good people out on Halloween on the Fairburn Estate, so many people decorated their houses and welcomed trick or treaters and all children who came to our spooky house were so polite. All their little cute, scary costumes, especially the young lad dressed in normal clothes wearing just a ducks head; it made me laugh!
Well done to The Lions for putting on yet another spectacular display and well done to the volunteer who kindly moved the 'div' on, from letting off fireworks in the skate park, as they were soon moved on, we and many other families could enjoy the fantastic display. I was laughing when the 'not seen those yellow fireworks before' were let off and seemed to have had a mind of their own almost 3D, a fair few people people were moving, about as they seemed unsure where the fireworks would end up! Sad to hear though, the Lions didn't break even on the amount of donations. I am truly surprised as there were so many people there this year! Dig deep as Santa comes round folks, we need to support these great things that happen.
I had a lovely catch up meeting at Cielo with Sue and Brian from Garforth Plan yesterday. I bet there are a lot of people out there who don’t even know we have a wonderful team of volunteers who look into all the plans in Garforth and try to steer things in the right direction, in order we give Garforth a better outcome and future.
They’re making plans for the next 10 years with changes and impacts we're expecting this will be helpful. They always notify people in what they do, about new plans coming along, they are forever talking to people and carrying out research and creating reports and include people in consultations where needs be. I will be helping you stay informed as they pass details to me about things they are doing and if they need input from business or community. And yes, like many of us, Parking is on the top of their agenda.
A few months ago the team had a post graduate student who had been studying in London and Canada, he was here helping them out and getting some experience of small towns and planning, and he said he thought Garforth had a wonderful high street! It’s always nice to hear the opinion of others who do not know anything about Garforth as I find a lot of times, people who live here only see the negatives.
I see we have a Sue Ryder Charity shop coming along near Lidl, great I say, I’m embracing this one as I do love a good charity shop, I hope it brings some elements of vintage ware too.
What a lovely article about an heroic Garforth Solider (click on link)
If you haven’t yet noticed, please stop for a minute and take a look at the lovely poppy work on St Mary’s Church, it's just beautiful.
This Sunday (Shared from our Local Councillors page)
This Sunday, the 11th of November 2018 at 11am it will be 100 years since the guns of the Great War fell silent.
To mark this event Garforth will be remembering and honouring those lost in conflict as always.
Of course, this year Garforth saw the new outdoor War Memorial being delivered in the municipal part of Garforth Cemetery. It seemed timely therefore to incorporate this into the usual service that takes place in church.
Below outlines the timings for this special service of remembrance.
At 9.30 there will be the Holy Communion service.
At 10.30 a procession will take place from church to the new memorial. People are very welcome to join us from this part of the day.
10.45 The act of remembrance will take place.
Please note this replaces the usual 3pm Remembrance service this year. Future years to be decided.
For those unable to make the walk to the memorial the original roll of honour will be read out in church from 10.45 as well where the act of remembrance will also be observed.
Churches Together deserve our huge thanks for being so accommodating as does our tremendous new vicar at St Mary’s, the Reverend Jane Brown.
Our uniformed organisations, Garforth & District Lions and everyone else will be very, very welcome.
Please use the top car park if you can’t attend by foot as there will be no car access to the municipal cemetery during the service.
Today is World Freedom Day - Be kind to each other, embrace differences, we’re all in it together.
Until next week
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?