It's here, our 2nd annul Feastival and here's what's going on tomorrow, what and where
And if this wasn’t enough we also have Angels & Butterflies Craft Studio providing some foodie fun crafts outside Tudor Sales & Lettings ! There may even be some stocks and sponges to throw at the team
You can also pop by Lee's at The Greengrocer, he will be having some fruit and cream on special offer
EVENING EVENTS - 18+
Check out the list of all stalls www.garforthfeastival.co.uk there's plenty for everyone
#familyfriendly local event
#garfeast2018 Come and enjoy the fun this Saturday, Garforth will be dancing
Our line up for music is rather fabulous and it's mainly local talent
Steel Crazy Band
Garforth Community Choir
Green Lane Primary Academy Choir
Arts Live Rock Bands
Enjoy local, we have lots to offer
Grab a coffee, or a Pimms and then something fabulous to eat from one of our stalls and join in the fun tomorrow -
We'll see you there. Look out for us in Teal T Shirts running up and down Main Street.
These are the events that are on in the library
Use #garfeast tomorrow and we'll share your posts
Until next week, when in Garforth, it will be, GFEST time, have a great weekend and don't forget you can buy your tickets from St Gemma's on Main Street or book them online to pick up on the day.
Have a great weekend and #uselocal first
Who are you going to kiss today?
Firstly, can I please ask you all, If you are walking out and about in Garforth, please take a large bottle of water, or watering can if you are able to, and help water the flowers and plants that Garforth in Bloom have so lovingly worked hard on to make our town look so beautiful. All the flowers are just about surviving, but they all desperately need a water in this dry weather and the GIB volunteers are struggling to cover all sites, all of the time, so your effort is needed, if and when you can #watertogether ... Thank you and a kiss goes to you.
News has been released this week about Thorpe Park's proposed new Railway Station and it’s lead to be believe that the new station WILL NOT have any impact or closure of our current stations such as, Micklefield, East Garforth and Garforth – which is good news; we just need more carriages and better timetables!
If you want to find out more or have your say, click on the link for more details
It's been a fun week with visits, reviews and events, like this one, with some of our great local baby groups.
Katherine from Sling Swing and Beanie Boppers organised a, ' All things Baby' event whilst also celebrating her first year in business.
It was a great event and a good turnout with, baby stalls and other baby companies running workshops - I would like to see this happen again in Garforth, as I remember when I had my #thomboys we had to travel over to north Leeds to attend any baby classes, so it's great to see what's now available locally.
Here at The Main Deal I like to be a person that teaches our local community what a great impact you have on using our local businesses, first and how our local businesses really do appreciate you as a customer.
Non of our local businesses are rich, fact. Running your own business is one of the hardest challenges you can do, but equally business owners have to also love it otherwise we wouldn't have anything independent.
It’s also about local businesses coming together to support each other as a collective, and if businesses talk to community then you get more of what you need and therefore you shop more, first.
Support where we live, use, buy, go, spend locally, first as you're making a real difference.
Some of you, including myself have had a few concerns about the Redrow Development on Ninelands Road about the dust in the air - this was shared by Mark Dobson yesterday
Update on dust from Redrow site.
I pick up planning & enforcement for G & S I’s so any issues please send to email@example.com
Good Morning Mark,
Many thanks for your recent emails. Protecting the comfort of the community during development is very important to Redrow, and I detail below the measures that we are taking regarding dust. I would be very grateful if you could forward this response to your contacts.
We currently have 3 bowsers on site which are dampening down dusty areas as much as possible. It is not always easy for residents to see the bowsers in use from outside the site, however, please be assured they are being used as much as possible whenever workers are on site. Additionally, road sweepers with water jets are in use on a daily basis. Our site team have to get the balance right between dampening down areas to reduce dust, and creating a skid risk by over-watering and creating mud.
Given the prolonged spell of dry weather, we have reviewed our dust strategy and will be installing dust screening which will be located to protect the vulnerable areas in the vicinity of our site. We will continue to review our dust strategy, and we are confident that these measures will improve the situation for the community.
As mentioned in an earlier email, we are very grateful for your cooperation regarding this matter, and I’d appreciate if you could continue to contact me direct with any issues.
Shouting GIN FRIDAY, well it is Friday and there is Gin at Quirky tonight with The Gin Shack from 6.30pm – The weather helps
Saturday 7th July – Micklefield Summer Gala from 12pm in Churchville Road, right in the centre - support the local good as lots of volunteers help to put these good things together.
Saturday 7th July - Do I need to mention the Football? I’m not a massive footy fan, even though I’m a plastic scouser! I know, it's hard to believe, people often think when I came out of the womb, I must have been wearing red or blue; I didn’t. However, if you are a fan and you want to watch the game tomorrow from 3.00pm, here are the options fro our members;
Garforth Golf Range
They are all showing the match with drinks, food and snacks available to buy, and they’ll all try not run out of beer!
Or, if you’re wanting to make a day of it at home with a pre-match BBQ, Shop Local FIRST in the morning for all your Meat and Veggie offerings as well as the local Off License . Willow Park Farm, heading down to Garforth Golf Course have some fabulous meat packs and BBQ offers, for less than £25. Worth a trip, before we trip and make it our last game….. I’m only kidding I’m sure we’ll get through to another round. I hope so, as it's great for local businesses.
Sunday 8th July – The Gaping Goose, Family Fun Day from 12.00pm – 5.00pm in support Of Globe not for Profit
Sunday 8th July - Can you help Take a pride in Garforth with this community Litter Pick up?
10.00am Start from 25 Lidgett Lane (use back entry of Lowther Road) - All ages welcome children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Contact Jacqueline Simpson for further details Jacquelinesimpson@btinternet.com
Friday 13th July Green Lane Primary Academy Summer Fair and the Circus is coming to town
Tickets required for the circus only and they can be bought by enquiring with firstname.lastname@example.org everything else you can just come along and enjoy
I’m out in the sun this evening for a friends 40th celebrations; these young folk! #gardenparty I’m looking forward to Ginning (new word) dancing and laughing – it’s all good
There’s lots going on over the weekend, so enjoy, and start the countdown with us for Feastival, next week.
1 week to go www.garforthfeastival.co.uk
I can’t believe on Sunday we will be in July! As much as the weather is shouting summer, this year is going far too quickly, and now we’re on countdown to the Feastival
Check out the Facebook page (@Garfeast) and keep up to date with all that’s going on and coming along on the day, we just have to pray we can hold onto this sunshine as it would make for a fantastic day
Who is just loving the sun? After what was a rubbish winter, it is so nice to wake up knowing the sun is going to be up, smiling and making me smile for the rest of the day. This is definitely one benefit from working from home
It's Prom night in Garforth tonight, I'm looking forward to seeing our local young adults, being shared on social Media by friends and family with their posh frocks (scouse term) and the lads all looking smart with their big hair! Have fun guys you deserve it after all your hard work; I know our Beauty Salons have been busy all day
New Member – we welcome Mark Millar from Marquis Insurance Brokers this week, Garforth born and bred and works a lot out of Cielo Coffee shop, well you may as well work, and get great coffee which is also handy if you need to pop by and see him – find him here on our page.
I share lots of local jobs each week, from Cleaners, to Engineers to Software Developers. I follow a fair few agencies and when they share, so do I. The latest ones released this week are from The Fly Line, which will be the 10th pub in Garforth!! Keep following throughout the week so you don't miss out on all the local jobs, as we share from all sources, including the Garforth Jobs page
I popped into the Redrow home Marketing office this week, more for a nosy as to see where the land lies and where exits onto Ninelands Road will be – It’s worth going in to grab a big map. There are 2 Public Open Space areas, and it will be interesting to see what they will put there, park, playground or just a grassed area? It’s also interesting to see on the map, the Attenuation Facility - which is the process of water retention on site and slowly releasing it in a controlled discharge to a surface water or combined drain or watercourse. The amount of discharge will vary depending whether it is a brown or greenfield site. For brownfield sites the developer must determine the likely run off and agree an acceptable discharge with the environment agency or water authority. For greenfield sites the environment agency normally limits discharge to 5 l/s per hectare (10,000m2) which only represents about 2-3% of run off. - I hope this means it will allivate any more flooding when we get Bad weather and is plunges onto Ninelands Lane?
Nice to read in planning that Moorfield House Surgery on Wakefield Road have been granted permission to alter the roof height to a form dormer windows to front and rear, maybe more room in the surgery perhaps?
News will soon be released from Garforth Dental Surgery, which is above Reed Rains, looking forward to hearing about it very soon -
Stay safe in the sun and remember, you can get some great deals on Sun creams from our local pharmacy’s
Until Next week
Did you take your dog to work today? This is Ian, this as close to us owning a dog in the Thom household as it's going to get. Ian is lovely, cuddly and doesn't need much attention. He's very easy, if a little cheeky!
So how as your week been, are you looking forward to the weather ahead? Just look at this forecast
This week, has been one for running, running everywhere doing lots of things which has inlcuded meeting potential new members, Mark Miller from Marquis Insurance Brokers, and soon we will also have J Mac Joinery on board when he has all his social media up and running with his new company name.
I've had a great interview meeting with James from Rowland Burkitt our local Chartered Surveyors on Main Street as James is putting together is dissertation as part of his Degree and is writing about national multiple retailer, affected retail rental values using the case study of Main Street, Garforth. So I was there on hand answering all his questions with a few points of my own which will be in his dissertation, he told me I should write a book. Now there's an idea, The Garforth Guru !
I have been to the library today for their, Big Get Together event, which was really great... there was cake and lots of it! I had an emoji poo cake... there were many others, but it sort of stuck out, and I had to have the first one! The event was a mix of library staff and community and people from other local groups as well as mums and babes. I hope they do another one, it was great to chat to other local people. I have a meeting with Sascha from the Library next week, we're going to talk about my next project, a fix and repair cafe! I'll fill you in next week.
In between work and eating cake, I have been trying to get fitter, So I have managed, Spinning, Box Fit, Zumba, Pilates and tomorrow I will be trying clubbercise. Fingers crossed, I will be running up and down Garforth soon!
Whilst you enjoy the week's sun, remember the sun cream and the shade from time to time, and don't forget to #shoplocal for all your BBQ needs including the BBQ itself which you can get from Pease as well as the gas bottles.
As well as my new logo, I've also designed a little Emoji, I must say my skin complexion, luscious hair and lack of wrinkles is great - you'll be seeing a lot more of my emoji through the weeks and new posters will be coming soon, throughout Garforth as there are still lots of people to hear about what The Main Deal is all about
Have a great weekend,
Until next week......
Smile Power Day is the perfect excuse to shine your pearly whites and show off those dimples. And no, a smiley face or an emoticon won’t do! Not today, at least. The smile is a symbol of happiness and vitality, a beacon of hope and an expression of emotion. So just for today, drop the ‘:)’ texts and flash them a real smile. Nobody knows who came up with the idea of dedicating a whole 24 hours to the involuntary contraction of the zygomatic major muscle, but one thing is certain: we’re the only creatures on the planet that can do it. Whether fate smiled upon you or not, you can always find a good reason to smile. So grin from ear to ear, look on the bright side and smile your troubles away, just like the great Dr. Seuss suggested: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
A Friend of a Friend
What a great morning at Friend of Friend Networking meeting at Cielo. I met some really nice people, a mixture of local people and local businesses. You can see my little talk, which will give you some hints and tips of how best t use social media as a small business. A bit of understanding sometimes helps
Turn the sounds up a little so you can hear my dulcet tones
Yesterday - Alzheimer’s coffee and cake - What a fabulous day yesterday (minus the wind) that caused me some havoc – greenhouse blew over and soil pipe broke away – but besides that we had a wonderful lunchtime, eating cake which was kindly donated by Dumouchel and we drank lovely Tea and Coffee whilst creating some #garforthrocks – we had a laugh, we chatted, we created, we listened to music – all the good things to keep our minds active. We raised £61 + £15.25 in gift aid from just 2 hours of coffee and cake and it’s all going to the Alzheimer’s society -
Look what fun we had!
Celebrating local businesses
Some of you will have seen that Pease are celebrating 100 years on the 14th July - ONE HUNDRED YEARS, that's amazing for any business to achieve this longevity in a business, but more importantly an independent business that has a fabulous track record of family owners taking on the business, decade after decade. May the Pease family continue to be forever, in Garforth.
As well as giving £100 every month to customers, they will be celebrating BIG, on Saturday 14th July
'We are asking local businesses to donate raffle prizes to raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice and Alzheimer’s Society.
Hopefully the sun will be out and Pease of Garforth with the community’s help can raise a lot for these 2 charities.
Lots going on on the day , please like and share to keep up to date with things happening at Pease’s.
It’s also the community festival on Main Street so let’s make a great day and raise lots of money!!!!!'
As The Main Deal, I have donated 3 months membership, what could you offer as a raffle prize?
We will also see Cielo celebrating 10 years on Main Street on the 14th July (it's all happening in Garforth) Again 10 years for an independent business, especially Cielo with such a good ethos behind their business, the more we drink, buy coffee and tuck into their new lunch time menu, the more they can just keep giving. A social enterprise company at it's best - watch out for their event on the evening of the 14th July when their Acoustic Night goes large. Tickets on sale at the counter.
14th July is going to be great on Main Street, With Garforth Feastival market Stalls and celebrations and music; we just have to pray for good weather #everythingcrossed Garforth
Tonight Gin Friday at Quirky Ales from 6pm
Tonight - Ninelands Summer Fair from 6pm
Sunday 17th June - Fathers Day
Sadly, I didn't love my Dad, but the #thomboys adore there's and I look forward to celebrating all my husband's hard work, time, energy and love he has for our family with a lovely day out on Sunday. Everyone deserves a bit of me time, and my husband deserves this more than anyone, as he allows us as a family to be able to do lots of things
Buy local for your Dad this Fathers Day, eat local, drink local and the sun is set to shine. - Start with buying him Breakfast to take away from Freshly Made on Aberford Road, open from 9am - get your orders in 0113 287 3896
Until next week
Who's your best Friend? Are they crazy and fun just like you? What makes them your best friend? Besides the #thomboys this includes Mr Thom, my best friend is a the person I grew up with, the person that will, besides my family members, know me the longest and the best. My best friend was there when I made a fool our of myself in my teenage years, but luckily, growing up in the 90's there was not much online proof of silly behaviour to be documented; but she has the best memory !
Embrace your friends, they know too much about you to fall out with them
Welcome back, I hope everyone had a really nice half term break for those of you with Children or Grandchildren. The weather was much better, compared to this week,… just when we were getting used to it.
As always the first week back after school hols is always busy and, admin work demands attention, I'm needing to finalise my accounts for Business Works, my accountant. I like to get them in as soon as I can as it's another year done.
500 people have heard of it, have you? #Garforthrocks – Garforth Rocks has been created by the lovely, Sam Whitley, a local lady who you will have seen working in most of our local cafe's and, The Gin Shack; she’s the funny one who you can hear laughing for miles.
“Welcome to Garforth Rocks. Following on from successful groups around the country I thought it would be nice to bring some of the fun to Garforth.
If you have found a rock post a picture of either you and the rock or just the rock on this page with a description of where it was found. This will help the person who decorated it see how far the rock has travelled. Then either keep the rock or re hide it elsewhere.
If you want to take part then the idea is to decorate rocks, and hide them in various locations to brighten someone's day. Make sure to seal your masterpiece with sealer and write on the back of your creation..." Facebook #Garforth Rocks. Keep or Re-hide". Then hide your rock.
This is meant to be fun for every one of all ages and abilities. Get creative and get outside =)
Remember to be respectful of private property and businesses.”
Here's how to get involved
Next Thursday, 14th June, it’s Coffee and cupcake day in aid of, Alzheimer’s Society – I’m hosting a cake and coffee day in my home with some friends and family. My Granddad had early onset Dementia and I saw him change so much, it was such a sad few years for all of our family, and like any charity, if we can raise funds to help find a prevention and do so by eating cake, being with friends, laughing and enjoying life; which is always good for the mind, then we should get involved. I’m also adding the theme of #Garforthrocks. My dining room table will be full of rocks (bought from Pease) with Sharpies so people can create, colour and do something positive with their mind. I will let you know how much we raise and how many cakes we have eaten, next week. If we raise just £50 if would pay for a communication tool that uses symbols rather than words to help people with advanced dementia communicate.
This week I closed the doors on Garforth Hour. After 3 and half years of tweeting hours, it was losing it’s momentum and it didn’t feel productive anymore. Earlier in the year, I changed it to GarforthLife and to once a month to try and engage people more, but unfortunately I think it has just come to it’s natural end. The initial idea was to engage businesses and get them using and understanding twitter, which it did.. In that time we’ve been lucky enough to see great success, so many businesses working together, cross marketing. We had several businesses who took up sponsorship with Garforth In Bloom and I’m proud to say the initial idea for Garforth Feastival came from Garforth Hour, so it certainly had it's day, and a successful time it was.
However, all is not totally lost, I am supporting the networking event, A friend of friend which is run my Michelle Roberts who owns Savings and Scents, and she and a friend, run a monthly meet up at Cielo from 9.30am in the morning, the next one is Friday 15th June, and I have been invited to come along and to do a talk about social media and The Main Deal, I promise, if I' m talking for too long, just show me some cake! Everyone is welcome to attend, community and businesses.
Find out more here
Tonight, Gin Friday as usual at Quirky’s tonight with Rebecca at The Gin Shack
Tonight - Arts Live Take over At Chapel FM – Garforth Community Choir will be singing their hearts out at this Live event tonight, I will be attending as my Son is also in one of the Arts Lives Rock Band. It will be recorded and live streamed so I will also be sharing it live on FB this evening. Local people, great talent #thomboyrocks
Saturday 9th June – Garforth In Bloom Summer Fair please go along tomorrow morning and show your support for these wonderful volunteers
Saturday, 9th June At The Podger - South Africa vs England - match starts at 4.05pm watch live with their Multi screen sports wall and have a mouthwatering, fresh stone baked pizza too
Saturday, 9th June – Luke Flear will be playing at The New Inn in Barwick from 9pm – local pubs showing great local talent – well he is from Barwick but Garforth adopted him a long time ago
Wednesday 13th June from 6,30pm – Kirsty from KW Personal Training will be holding a PT session – Contact her to see if there any space available or when the next session will be http://www.kwpersonaltraining.com/Contact-Us.html
Affordable group personal training session
1 hour duration
3 people maximum
£10 per person
Come and get fit with friends 💪
Wednesday 13th June – Garforth Garden Centre have a Rose Talk and Afternoon Tea from 5-7pm -
The session is £15 a head – tickets available from the garden centre tills
Friday 15th June – A friend of a Friend Networking at Cielo from 9.30am
Come along to a friendly group where friends of friends are introduced for a cuppa and a chat. Let’s see if we can help each other in any way
Don’t forget its Father’s Day next Sunday, 16th June – Chocolates, Ales, Gin or Dinner? Buy it locally you know where they are.
I'm saddened to read that the proposed bar that applied for planning on Chapel Close has been refused. A small independent bar, that would be sophisticated, bring in new clientele to Garforth and would, most certainly, be the catalyst of new businesses wanting to be part of our night time vibe. I find it frustrating that massive corporate companies which create more traffic, noise and pollution seem to glide in... Does money talk?
We need to get the balance right and thus far, we are tipping over on large corporate companies. Why be like every other town?
Onward and upwards, I'll see how we can get these guys into Garforth, mission no. 465
Until next week..........
OK, who ordered the rain? We’ve had such wonderful weather over the last few weeks, but I hear it’s only going to be a blip and we’ll be back to warmer climates over the Bank Holiday weekend, MAY it continue!
This week has been quite busy. Meeting new potential shop owners (fingers crossed in planning) Feastival Meeting, sharing and updating systems with my new branding (website will be updated soon) and the letter writing for the new compliance with GDPR, now everyone has had one of these from someone! As well as talking to potential new members, oh, and having my roots covered and my nails done; well I do have to look after myself from time to time! Whilst also preparing for the half term with the #thomboys next week - #jugglejuggle
Not a great topic…..
Please be aware - when the nice weather comes along, so do potential Burglars. Shed and garage doors are open more and sometimes we forget to lock them up. We have had a few sheds in the area over the last few weeks that have been broken into. Be more secure and vigilant and if you see anything suspicious, you can go online and reports it to the West Yorkshire Police 101 Live Chat line – https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101LiveChat
By reporting it, you’re helping, as they can then collect a list of information that has come in if something, somewhere goes wrong and the information you give may be valuable.
On the subject of sun, please also be aware of children playing outside their homes. It has been lovely to see and hear kids playing in their streets in these warm evenings when they're back from school. It’s nice to see kids playing in the sun, in the fresh air and away from technology, let them play safely by driving careful in our neighbourhood
Tonight at Quirky’s every Friday is a Gin Friday
Saturday 26th May at The Gaping Goose from 12.00pm You can buy tickets on the door - Gaping Goose Music Festival Saturday 26th May £3 in advance £4 on gate in aid of raising money for cash 4 kids. Live Music includes, Luke Flear, KGB, Aviators, Dirty Vinyl and more. 4 different beers available outside from Leeds Brewery along with 6 other favourites available inside, also we have a prosecco bar, lager bar and a catering van. If you have ever been to our Beer festivals you will like the event too..
Thursday 31st May At Cielo at 10.30am – 1.00pm– Arts & Crafts
Grab a Coffee & let the Kids Create some fabulous Crafts upstairs at Cielo
We will have the sand art table and other crafts prices from £1
badges, sand art & more
pop along & do one craft or all of them entirely up to you, grab a coffee & pop upstairs & enjoy whilst we occupy the kids or your more than welcome to join in 😊
Sunday 3rd June at Cielo from 12.30pm – Retro Gaming upstairs with Tim East and the team
I see the foundations and bricks for the first few houses are already been cemented on Ninelands Lane, it doesn’t take long does it? I see they have moved the Redrow marketing cabin on Green Lane too. It looks like a shop, I wonder if they will sell ice creams!
Bad planning by National Rail
Quite a few people annoyed this morning that the new timetable didn't quite work out too well for East Garforth Passengers as the train that was meant to stop, didn't!
It's bad enough for a fair few people that they have taken a train off the timetable, Between 8-00 - 9.00 am and now the new timetable looks like this:
East Garforth to Leeds
8.16 and 8.47
Garforth Station to Leeds
8.12, 8.18, 8.28, 8.39, 8.43, 8.49
Very annoying for East Garforth Passengers, When there would be no possibility for local people to drive to Garforth to catch one of the many trains offered as there are no parking spaces for Local people.
I think National Rail need to understand that many local people use East Garforth Train station just as much as Garforth and most walk to catch the train.
I know these changes have been made nationally, but I wonder locally, anything that can be done about this? Especially when we get 241 news houses built with more people travelling from East Garforth as it will be the nearest station!
The Train strike certainly didn’t help yesterday either, 1 train every hour and then you can just have 2 carriages #sardinestocity
Our local councillors have been referring all complaints to our MP, please do send yours it ‘may’ help bring change!
May you have a fabulous bank holiday weekend and if the forecast is right, it should be a beer in hand, sunhat on and kids in the paddling pool kind of weather
We’ll be back on Friday 8th June
Until then………… Be kind, it's easier
#MEGARRY - Looking forward to watching Prince Harry (Henry) and Megan get married this weekend, I love a royal. Let’s enjoy our little wild Royal, settle down and get married. I Love our new royal family, they are already changing long term traditions and moving with the times, which the Royal family aren’t always known for wanting to change, so well done our new breed of prince and princess’ Using their platform to make changes and do good things.
Prince Harry says he doesn’t want the traditional fruit cake at his wedding. Prince Phillip says he doesn't care, he's still going! #boomboom
I’m so looking forward to releasing my new Logo online next week, but for all you lovely followers of the blog, here they are.
I have been working with Chloe and Abigail of www.buttercrumble.com our local designers and illustrators, who have designed this fun new logo, I think they have really captured me and The Main Deal very well. I'm looking forward to stamping The Main Deal over town more this year; look out for the face
Saturday 19th May from 10.30 -12pm - St Benedict's Church Hall will hold a baby and children's market selling pre-loved baby items
Saturday 19th May - Plant Sale from 10.00 at The Welfare Hall in Support of RNLI
Sunday 20th May– Plant Sale at FirthFields Community Centre
Sunday 20th May it’s national Pick Strawberries Day – sadly Brecks Farm no longer offer Strawberry picking anymore,. However, please check with Bert’s Barrow in Hillam, they will be our closest for fruit picking, they have said the second week of June is generally picking time, they will post on their facebook page when all is ready. - in the meantime, go and pick yours from one of our local greengrocers https://www.facebook.com/BertsBarrow/
Monday 21st May - Garforth Social at Garforth Library
1.30pm -2.30pm - go along and hear about the fascinating true story of one of the worst maritime disasters in UK waters in the 20th century
Monday 21st May At The Station House Café
In the morning at 9.30 with Nic Baker Independent Stampin up Demonstrator
In the evening from 7.00pm The Station House have their regular Open Mic Night
Please note The Station House will be closed next Bank Holiday weekend, therefore they are taking evening bookings for the bistro next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The Main Deal in Garforth has helped grow and support local businesses since 2014, and it encouraged the community to look local first. Garforth needs to add and improve it's night time offering, and by having an upmarket bar with food will only add to this much needed night time vibe. Keeping people local and using local helps give Garforth a sustainable future and the times it is open and the clientele it will bring will have NO impact on any other activities going on around it. We also like to encourage more independent businesses into the town. Having a balance is important and by adding this new venture, we start to set the balance back again. in my research I see, the applicant already runs a very successful business in another town which is proven to help bring local people together and eat locally which is very important for any town, as it encourages people to also use the other businesses, as it gives them another reasons to come in. We need a sustainable future for our families and younger generation. If planning allowed a huge Weatherspoons to be built that is next to a residential area with no parking facilities then this small bar requirement should be considered whole heartily.
If you agree with what I have added above, it would be nice to see more support of this new proposed independent business. Here’s the link - Today is the last day for comments
Until next week.............. Enjoy the sun
Sharing the information - Many people spend time stressing over their diet, and what they should or shouldn’t eat, mainly because today’s world is filled with magazine covers sporting perfectly toned, perfectly tanned models that constantly make us feel inadequate. The various health food fads that seem to come and go every few weeks definitely don’t help, either—as it turns out, a gluten-free diet is not particularly good for anyone who isn’t actually allergic to gluten, juice cleanses deprive us of the protein and fat our bodies need to function properly, and taking too many vitamin supplements just makes our urine expensive when our bodies flush the excess. If you, like many people these days, are beginning to feel disillusioned with all of these things.
I did promise myself this year, I would give more time to myself, by looking after myself more ( I always look after everyone else) So I went down the line of, Eat less, move more. I’m definitely moving more!
Just need to concentrate on the eating less.
How Fabulous was Tour De Yorkshire? I’ve never seen Main Street look so busy; ever! From the top to the bottom. People were so engaged, with the cycling, the media vans, chanting, cheering, waving and singing along to the bands that were performing from, Arts Live. Well done all, what a fabulous turn out, and thank you to Mr Sunshine who also made an appearance… he brings out the best in people.
Very important to also hear that our local businesses did really well – now we just need the same effort, sunshine and people for the 14th July please – Garforth Feastival. Find out who’s coming by clicking on the button
Tickets for LaterLive Evening event at Quirky Ales are £9.50 and available to purchase from Quirky Ales, Cielo, Pride and Produce and Garforth Library.
We welcome the lovely Michelle Roberts of Savings and Scents this week – a lovely local lady running this business from home and helping you save money – click to find out more
TONIGHT It’s GIN NIGHT. As from this week, every Friday is Gin Friday at Quirky Ales with The Gin Shack
Saturday 12th May at Winfield Camping shop
OPEN DAY TOMORROW ONLY at @WinfieldsOutdrs #Garforth, LS25 2AQ, where a member of our staff is available to provide useful information, demonstrations and #SHOW #DEALS on the #Cruiz 6.0EX, #Airedale6 and #Airedale7 premium #sixberth family - Air Tents - Here’s more about what the new range is http://www.outdoor-revolution.com/air-framed-family-tents.html
Saturday 12th May – Psychic & Mediumship demonstration at The Gaping Goose from 1pm-3pm Give them a call to see if there are any tickets left 0113 286 2127
Saturday 12th May – Luke Flear Live at The New Inn in Barwick in Elmet
Saturday 12th May Emma’s Dyspraxia Fundraiser over in Kippax Legion from 5.00pm
Friday 18th May – A friend of a Friend Networking will be held in Cielo from 9.30am - All welcome to pop for a cuppa and make new and existing connections with A Friend of a Friend. See if we can all help each other? Be it just for a chat with a friendly listening ear or getting to know what is on offer in our local community that might benefit you. You never know how A Friend of a Friend can help you. Looking forward to seeing you there.
I will be attending and will see you there – pop in and find out what it’s al about, and how as local people, we can help each other
I hear, 450Degrees Pizza Restaurant will be opening soon – keep following them for details of their launch https://www.facebook.com/450degrees/ In case you didn’t know anything about them, and I’m surprised you haven’t noticed. Danny, has made an amazing transformation of the old, Vape Lounge opposite Garforth Medical Centre, many of you will remember it as the old Indian restaurant, many moons ago. It looks so good and I’m dying to taste one of their rustic pizzas cooked in Betty!! Follow them to keep updated
I see The Gasgoine has shut its doors for refurbishing? It’s not a pub I have been in many times, maybe twice in 20 years! I hope its refurb will encourage more families to dine, especially with the new, FlyLine opening up within the next couple of months. It appears the play park will be gone, but who’s to say it won’t be better? I’m personally not keen on children in a pub if they’re not having something to eat, I think it’s because I spent some of my childhood waiting in a car for my Dad, who was in the pub! Not the best of memories! #80schild
Everything seems on schedule for autumn opening at Thorpe Park, Retail Park - It will be nice to have some brands closer as well as the cinema. I do like Brands, but I LOVE local more so not much will detract me away too much and I hope it won't detract you too much either.
Planning application still not been signed off yet for the new wine bar proposed on Chapel Close, I have everything crossed this goes ahead… more choice, options and fun for our night time vibe here in Garforth.
Enjoy the Euro vision song contest this Saturday, I love the campness, the fun and the madness! Can we make it with this years UK's song?
Until next week .............................
OMG – I don’t use this text speak very often. But OMG, Garforth is well and truly shouting and being well and truly put on the map of Leeds today for 2 reasons and it’s a Bank Holiday Weekend!
This Morning we woke up to the results of Garforth & Swillington Independent party bringing the results home; in a pretty big win, whatever you supported, the numbers of the independents should certainly shout out to all parties that they need to pull their fingers out in towns! and of course, we see TDY come through our streets.
This morning’s ladies race came through and Main Street was buzzing. What a lovely, lovely picture, to see everyone out cheering and whooping the ladies on. Spend money locally people this is a perfect opportunity to do so. Our local cafes are all geared up to feed you and there are some fabulous offers to have in all of them. Don’t forget the Station House Café and Freshly Made are also catering for your TDY needs.
We have a podcast up today and here are some bits of information about what’s going on as the itinerary for today’s events was only released last night; after my podcast recording.
Road closed this afternoon at 4.00pm until approximately 6.30pm
I am currently having my logo redesigned, freshened up by the lovely ladies that are, Buttercrumble and I look forward to showing you very soon. I love their quirky and happy illustrations and I hope they can capture me and The Main Deal premise in their design
Unfortunately our Guest Blogger still hasn’t been able to get to Garforth this week, as soon as does, I will be sharing his blog. It wasn't nice to hear that he Adam had his phone stolen in town this week, right under his nose as people chatted to him. Let's hope he has a much pleasa
TONIGHT At Quirky's, Gin Friday will be there with, The Gin Shack along with Food and entertainment, helping celebrate Tour De Yorkshire.
10th May at Kippax Band Social Club
💚👶🏼💛This 2 hour informal class is specifically designed for parents, grandparents and anyone who looks after babies or children. We will cover how to deal with choking, bleeding, head injuries, CPR and more. Pre-crawling babies are welcome💛👶🏼💚
18th May from 1.00pm to 3.00pm at The Gaping Goose
they will be holding their second Psychic & Mediumship Demonstration. Due to the popularity of the last event and people missing out due to it been sold out within a week we are bringing you another demonstration.
Tickets on sale at The Gaping Goose. You can pay and reserve online via bank transfer or paypal. – Contact The Gaping Goose direct to see if tickets are still available 0113 286 2127
A short but sweet blog this week as I too will be out with many other Garfonians celebrating, waving, singing, dancing and eating locally to wave in the Gents race this afternoon #TDYGarforth get tagging and we can share it all
#havefunlocally this bank holiday weekend
May the sun shine
Until next week........
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?