Happy Christmas Jumper Day
I hope you have been wearing yours?
News report trending today is about parents letting their children drink alcohol from the age of 14, it says in the report that it’s mostly down to families who come from a well-educated background; I would never let my #thomboys drink from 14; well, I’m not well educated !
I believe Tenerife is beautiful at this time of year; if only we had more sun in blighty, it’s been extremely cold this week, including ice to make everyone walk like they’ve had an accident in their pants! I laugh, but I had lots of body jolting moments yesterday and today on the school run. From a house window I expect it would have looked rather amusing.
WHAT A YEAR
What has gone on this year, besides it flying past like a red arrow aeroplane?
Quite a lot of new members this year including lots of existing ones still with us another year on, we must be doing something right?
Wow what a great event this was, I don’t know about you, but our little team had such fun creating a food lovers festival and we are now on the path to bringing it back, bigger and better on the 14th and 21st July 2018 – Let’s celebrate the good we have locally and enjoy the good things Garforth has to offer.
Don't win them all
I tried so very hard this year to try and work with Virgin Media to give something back to the community after leaving a bit of a mess on our roads and paths. I wanted to get them to support and create more of an art installation on the grey media boxes they have installed; making something not so pretty look a bit more interesting as we walk and drove past.
They were all for it, and we nearly got to a meeting with the head honcho, but at the last minute they pulled the plug on the idea as they had, had too many complaining local residents and thought that by getting involved in this little project idea, it would cause more complaints!!! I even asked for permission to just get on with it myself and we could get local businesses to sponsor them, but still waiting on that one….. We can but try
I introduced one of our local ladies who lives in Garforth but orginates from Poland to our local librarian who co-ordinates all the events, Kate Midwood to see if some activities could be done for our polish community – this has been really successful this year with lots of great community things going on, and it look sot continue in to 2018.
Part of my job is to try and connect people with each other, because more often than not, ideas people can have can work if you connect them to the right people, and a little coaxing on my behalf always helps - I sell a good idea well!
This year I have been really lucky to have been nominated for 3 different awards
Unfortunatyely I was not a winner, but to be nominated means so much, it makes it all feel worthwhile.... and look what's just come in this morning
Garforth Community Choir go from strength to strength with lots of gigs this year. As much as now sit in the background and just help promote these lovely talented people. It’s fabulous that pulling something together is still very successful 2 years on.
If you want to join in the New Year - click on this button and find out how easy it is to just come along and have a go
USEYOURLOAF - we hope you enjoyed our little campaign, I hope it gave you ideas about what you can buy and use with a very small budget? We spent a long time working out how, where and what we could buy, but to be honest it wasn’t that difficult – you can do it too. We only had £40 and with few store cupboard ingredients, we fed our families for a week and a little few luxury items - we hope to carry on the USEYOURLOAF campaign and do something else with a budget, so keep following in the new year to find out what else we can spend locally.
Dominies – we tried to stop this company coming along, whether you agree or not, If I don't think something works, I will do my best to poke my business in there and see if things can come to a compromise or change for the better. I always look into the long term effects of things coming to Garforth, and another takeaway franchise company, we didn't need. For a few short months there was a little ray of hope that they had decided to pull out, but unfortunately, it wasn't long before they got their knickers in a twist and came back with their Dough. Glad it’s here and making such an impact on footfall in the daytime…. Oh no, it’s not is it! You can’t win them all.
Planning permission got the green light for Lidl to get underway; it’s looking not too far away, due to open in Spring 2018. It’s a shame Home Bargains will be accompanying them along with another pub, creating a destination for people to get many things all in one place, let’s hope it doesn’t impact on our lovely main street too much. #eyestothesky moment
This year it's been road works city. But as much as it has been a pain in the rear end, the long term gain will be benefit us all, wider roads, better connections, efficient gas works – hold tight just a little longer, by spring we should see all the works complete – until they need to dig up again .
There have been a fair few little projects I have been involved in this year, but if I add them all on, you will probably fall asleep, let's just say, it's been an EVENTful year
We will see a few changes in the New Year so #watchthispace
Firstly, you can check out Caroline Atha’s Dance School, New Year offers
Due to high demand, they have managed to fit in a NEW GYM CLASS from January. This is at the Miners Welfare Hall Wednesdays 5.45 to 6.30pm, suitable for age 8+ or older beginners.
Also places in our Thursday class for age 5+.
Due to timetable changes from January 2018 places they have now become available in our tots classes Tuesdays at 4.00pm and Thursdays at 4.15pm.
Contact Caroline on 07748 015 175 to book a free trial class and more info
A good one to think for Christmas Gifts too!
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND
Luke Flear will be playing outside RK Harris in aid of Martin House tomorrow, he’s one of our very talented local lads who is giving his time and talent to Main Street from 11.00am – 2.00pm. Have a listen, a little dance to some of his tunes and share the love this Christmas by giving a few pennies or three
Garforth Flood Support Group Christmas Concert is on at the Welfare Hall Tomorrow - Contact Jacky on the number below for tickets, i'm sure you will be able to collect them on arrival. I have been to this in the past as Garforth Community Choir and if this doesn't get you in the mood for Christmas, nothing will
Christmas Cracker event at the library from 10.30am
A "Quirky " style Christmas market with a few local stalls full of gifts from 12pm-4pm, food from the fire pit, mulled wine, Garforth community choir during the afternoon and Connor V from 4pm into the evening
Have the best Christmas & New Year that time with your loved ones bring; it will soon be over in the blink of an eye.
Put the fire on (don't wear it) crank up the heating, pour yourself your favourite tipple, put the Christmas tunes on loud, it’s Chrisssssstmas
See you in the New Year, where you will see lots, more, great things happening, locally.
Eat your way to Christmas, today is Chocolate Brownie day and tomorrow is decorate ginger biscuits day...... Please stop making me do these naughty things! I suppose I best get on with it as I don't want to be on Santa's good list!
Eat nice things, we can recover in January
If you're still to purchase a fresh Christmas tree, you can buy them from
Willow Park Farm
The Garden Centre
Who’s counting down this next week? Most of our local schools finish next Friday and we can start to enjoy the week leading up to Christmas Day; my absolute favourite time of the year. Sometimes the lead up seems just as, if not more exciting than the day itself. There are lots fun things going on locally, so make sure you check out our events on the Facebook page and also check out what's going on in and around our wonderful city
NEW MEMBERS this week, we welcome.....
RK Harris Fruiterers
Luke Flear, a fabulous local musician
And Floors and Snores will be coming on shortly
I hope you have enjoyed our videos and pictures this week from myself and Rebecca from The Gin Shack? We have made a fair few recipes out of the £40.00 we had.
Chicken, Leek and Blue cheese pie
Home Made Pizza
Jacket Potatoes with Cheese and/or Beans and salad
Fruit puddings and desserts
Lunch Box meals
Lots to eat including lots to freeze for other meals on another day
We also bought some luxury items and these will be shown this next week, so keep following... we really are stretching this £40.00, hopefully proving how buying local produce on a budget
Tomorrow, go and support Garforth in Blooms' Christmas Fair at The Miners Welfare Hall from 10am – 12pm
Sunday at Firthfields - Christmas Concert
TdY2018 (Tour de Yorkshire is coming through Garforth)
How fabulous to hear this week, That TdY is coming through Kippax and Garforth and then heading through to Scholes.... Wow, this will be brilliant for Garforth and I hope the traders on Main Street really get behind it; I;m sure I will be influsing some ideas here....#maythe4th be with us
Don't panic, the road isn't closed all day either
You may have heard rumours over on other Social Media sites, if not, we are to get a new Pizza Restaurant where the Vape Lounge used to be, and in planning, they have asked to extended their opening hours in order it can be open for lunch as well as a bit later in the evenings. I'm looking forward to having more options to add to our night time vibe here in Garforth - bring it on I say; and the owner is independent #happydays
Next week will be my last Blog of the year… where has 2017 gone an what have we achieved, done, changed as a town? Read all about it next week
It's official, we can now celebrate Christmas; even though I have been celebrating with a box of roses for quite sometime now.
What a shame for the the Christmas Lights Switch on last Friday, what rubbish weather, making it damp, cold and miserable and then hindering the electrics on the stage. Well done to Garforth Community Choir who were singing their hearts out, using all their lung capacity to reach out to us and to our local dancers who also had to dance in a very small space so they wouldn't slip. Good old British weather hey. I didn't deter too many of you, 6.20pm there was plenty of people about having a mooch at the stalls and waiting patiently for our Christmas lights and fireworks - well done you.
The market was also very busy on Saturday morning when the weather seemed kinder. Well done to the Christmas Committee
I also hope you saw our great posters for next year Garfeast2018 - did you spot the date? We try to be organised
Rebecca from the Gin Shack have been talking for a while about how we can tell you, the lovely people in our community that buying local produce doesn’t have to cost the earth and how to #useyourloaf so this week Rebecca and I have been out on a quest to see how we can make £40 stretch
Fruit and Veg, Meat, Coffee, Bread and a luxury item; no we’re not on Celebrity Get Me Outta here. But we will be telling you how for our £40 stretched in a a fair posts and videos next week.... click on this button and listen to what it's all about
Tonight at Quirky's, The Gin Shack will be there for Gin Friday from 7pm, so go on down and enjoy a gin or 3.
Click on out Local Events button to find out what's coming up this month
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. Please support our local businesses as without your support, we would have nowhere to shop, local
Until next week...........
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?