Happy Christmas Jumper Day, I hope you have had yours on and wore it with pride, like Enhance Dental did today #staffjumpers .
The end of 2018
So this is my last blog of the year! Where has this year gone? 2018 has been the fastest year ever; I’m sure I say this ever year. It’s certainly been the hottest and the coldest and as we’re forecast snow for tomorrow, will it be setting the president for another really annoying and cold winter? I don’t mind hibernation for a little bit, but many of you will know. I’m not very good at keeping still for too long. Let’s hope it’s a one off; it's allowed can snow on Christmas Day.
I have been involved in so much again this year, The Main Deal is always a great platform to make things happen, getting businesses and people connected, has never been so important. As we ‘May’ see a difficult future with businesses next year, we need, now more than ever to put all our efforts into making the businesses we love and know, supported, we really need to keep up the footfall and not just on, Main Street as we are seeing more new businesses starting up at home, and on the corners of the street we live. I personally think we will see a revival in new industries, perhaps big businesses starting up in the UK and supporting each other more; this can’t be a bad thing. So if you make any new year’s resolutions for 2019, try to make sure you look at supporting local, first!
GREAT NEWS - It's been a great week for The Main Deal
It’s happened again, I’m so very grateful and overwhelmed, the third year running, to be nominated for Business Woman of the Year and Independent Business of the Year 2019. WOW And it’s not just me, You can also vote for our two fabulous local inspirational individuals and Fundraisers of the year. Andy Daw and Helen Smith, as you are only allowed one vote per category, you can certainly give them a vote each
Vote your Garforth Winners https://www.yorkshirechoiceawards.co.uk/votehere
Great to see a huge article in Wednesday nights Yorkshire Evening Post – well done Pam and James writing this fabulous article about how our choir got off the ground. Thanks for adding Me and The Main Deal in there : )
What’s on – over the holidays?
So a post was put up on our local Councillors page about the proposal to have Barley hill Car Park (behind La Bella Vita) into a paid car park. There are no details of charges or when/if. But it will certainly need your objection should you not wish for this go ahead. So please send an email to Mark or Sarah with your thoughts and it will help them build a case for it to be kicked out of planning.
Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
This is what I emailed them;
As an independent business of nearly 5 years helping to market, promote and protect our local independents here on Main Street and Garforth, A chargeable car park is without a doubt, one of the worst proposals for our town, for it to even to be suggested, no matter how much it would cost, has little to no thought about the impact.
As we now have an out of town complex with Lidl, Home Bargain and The Fly Line and another space to be filled, we now need, more than ever, to keep footfall and interest on our Main Street. I completely object the idea of this going ahead. I know more than most that our local businesses can not afford for less, footfall. Before Lidl came, Tesco took 27% out of 1,000 shoppers to their store and our high street 11%, a giant store such as Tesco's are not affected too much by a cut in footfall if people chose alternatives. However should our High Street loose just even 1% this would have a major impact. I have worked hard with our community and businesses making it better connected, and this has helped with keeping little to no premises empty for long. To give our town a future, we need more parking not charges.
LCC should work with companies like The Main Deal, we who have helped local business survive and thrive, and without money from the local council. We work hard to help save our high streets and without us, high streets would have died a long time ago as well as the local economy.
So make sure you really do have your say
As it’s officially the week leading up to Christmas, my head is well and truly buried in a box of chocolates, when you have finished with these plastic tubs, here’s a few hints and tips as to what you can do with them afterwards. http://myzerowaste.com/2014/10/reuse-ideas-quality-street-tub/?fbclid=IwAR0JFnsdk9zB-G_rqMPdSqFzohb814uQcBdsN3f9D82tBl5yavZ9KcUTRUA
At Christmas, not everyone is lucky enough to be off over the holidays, so in the words of Russell Howard, let’s give our fabulous NHS workers, a silent night. Turn it up and hear what he has to say #manaftermyownheart
Until next Year…… #uselocalfirst
News just in this morning that Tour De Yorkshire will be making it's way through Kippax, Garforth and Barwick in Elmet again - Friday 3rd May 2019.
I’ve had worse weeks!
With Rebecca from the Gin Shack helping taste her new Christmas Cracker Gin which will be at Quirky from Tonight. - It's hard life helping give feedback!
I also bought some of Rebecca’s House pour for Christmas presents; they are such lucky people - Check all the details on her website https://www.ginshack.co.uk/ #buylocal
New member Nichols Fisher Dental practise on Wakefield Road. One of our lovely independent dentists coming to join us https://www.nicholsandfisher.com/ - You will see on their website how long staff have been working together, some 25 years, I think this says a lot about a company.
Wednesday 12th December - Buy a copy of the Yorkshire Evening Post on Wednesday as inside the Community section page, you will be able to read a great article about how the Garforth Community Choir started. The lovely Pam Dolan are community enthusiast and organiser withing the choir has written a fabulous piece, there's also a little Main Deal plug in there too!
Coming to Garforth is a Pilates and Barre studio opening up on Main Street with Claire Wray and a new Beauticians will be taking over the old Te-Amo premises on Fairburn Drive, hoping third time lucky for this beauticians, they will have to be really good in a very strong hair and beauty market we have here in Garforth
All the links for the new Garforth bus service, starting on Sunday:
I’m looking forward to our Zumba Christmas night out tomorrow evening, locally of course, at 450 degrees - You’ll hear us I’m sure. laughing is good for a healthy heart and a healthy mind!
Today my voice has decided to get lost; much to the happiness of family and friends
Until next week #shoplocal this Christmas. Even Visa and American Express are behind them !
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?