Concussion Awareness Day - Well this worries me for my weekend a..head!
Not great to hear on Windy Wednesday, a tree fell, and damaged a few cars in Barley Hill Road Car park. Let's hope they are able to claim for any damage that has been caused.
A busy week in meetings this week
It was good to have a chat with Mark from The Podger, one of our great long standing pubs with long serving Landlords, Mark and Jackie. Mark has mentioned about some great monthly event nights coming, which will take most people’s boxes, depending what type of tunes you like listening too – exciting local events.
A fun meeting with Martin from Martin Shaw Fitness one of our local Personal Training teams. Martin had attended a social marketing course but was still insure about a few things, so a trip down the road with a good cup of coffee and a chat on how best to use it and a bit more understanding.
I had a great meeting with our local south Leeds team and local Garforth Library team this week in relation to the Repair Café we are trying to get off the drawing board and make it happen this year. As mentioned a few blogs back WE NEED YOU. We are wanting skilled people who can help on the odd Saturday throughout the year as we pick one Saturday a month with different themed items to fix, such as clothes, small electrical items, computers.
If you can help, please contact me on Christine@themaindeal.co.uk the things that can come from a repair café have huge benefits. Using lost skills, community cohesion, battling loneliness, upcycling, teaching skills, using our great library for great things.
We welcome James our local joiner/cabinetmaker of J_Mac_Joinery
We welcome Susan Davis, another local Psychic Medium from Beyond Ability
We welcome back, Personal Touch by Rachel, just in time for Christmas
New member joining us next week is Martin Shaw Fitness
It’s always nice to know our current members are happy to carry on with The Main Deal membership after their initial 3 month agreement, as they have had new leads and business
Well that’s me signing off for the weekend as I make my way over to Ribchester on my annual, Mumcation. As we get older, appreciating that we are all still here, healthy and well, it’s this, we should be thankful for.
Until next week ....
Hug your boss day - would you hug yours?
What a lovely week, celebrating birthdays. The Hubby and I celebrate birthdays, 10th and 12th, so, as every year, we go out and celebrate together, so on Saturday, we went into town planning on purchasing some birthday presents; we came back with 4 coasters and a pair of ice bucket tongs! Not very successful on the purchasing front, but the drinks and food went down very well.
From something so frightening, good things can happen.
There has also been some sadness this week, as a little 5 year old boy who attends Ninelands School was given CPR, as far as I know, he is responding well to treatment but it will be a long recovery. I just wish him and his family much love and I hope the children and adults in school are OK too.
This incident has given a lot of thought to parents on how very little they know about basic first aid. A lot of you probably agree, how beneficial it would be if First Aid was taught in secondary school as children become young adults. On the basis that this seems to be a need, I contacted the lovely Tony Clough, our local First Aider who runs many courses here in Garforth. I asked him if we could do something together where he could run a basic first aid course for parents, for a nominal fee and we would help to get as many parents attending a session. Tony was so very moved by the story, he is offering to give a FREE paediatric resuscitation session in each Garforth Primary school. Yes, he’s wonderful.
I’m just in the process of organising and we will soon be in a position to let parents know. This is a great opportunity for local parents to have some knowledge and confidence to help, should an emergency arise. I have also found out today that Ninelands School put a just giving page together to purchase a defibrillator. Over this week, enough money has been raised to buy one! A defibrillator gives such an increased chance of keeping someone alive. After training with the wonderful Tony Clough., let's hope we could encourage that buying one in each school would be a really beneficial.
We welcome our new Member, Sue Carrol a Psychic Medium. Sue runs many events, local and further afield, as far as Spain! Sue is highly recommended. I met Sue this week and she is a very lovely lady, I was just hoping she couldn’t sense anyone behind me! I sat on the fence a little with regards to adding a business like Sue's, how would people react to something so different. But after much research and chatting, Sue is offering a service that you choose whether to go or not and Sue will only give personal readings to the same person every 6 months. She has been in this job for a long time and is fully insured as like any other business, Sue goes about her business ethically and safely. She holds regular events at The Gaping Goose and The New Travellers Rest in Crossgates as well as offering personal readings. Have a look at her website and you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram– all her links are under here https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/unique-businesses-on-our-doorstep.html
Next week is my annual Mumcation weekend. 9 school friends and I go away every year for a catch up, a dance, a walk and a rest, a drink or 3 and we laugh from the time we arrive until the time we leave. I implore you to do this with your friends, whether male or female, just pick a weekend a year in advance and pay one person (organiser) a small amount every month – I couldn’t live without this weekend away. It’s something to look forward to, it’s the best thing for mind, body and soul and you have to detox for the following week , What’s not to love?
Have a great weekend and enjoy local, whether it’s quick coffee, a bite to eat or a purchase of a new bed.
Oh no, Burt Reynolds has died! Cannon Ball Run will forever been one of my childhood memories – RIP dude, and what a dude he was. #sadface
On a happier note! Welcome back Garforth, where did the time go? I think that has been the quickest summer break, ever! Kids are back at school and we'll soon start hearing their repetitive tones of Harvest festival songs, it is fun to see the obligatory September pictures of parents showing off their cute, and funny pictures of their loved one’s in their new school uniform; maybe it’s just me that laughs #badparent
So what have you all been up to? If you were lucky enough to go on holiday, I hope you had the best of times, I hope you were able to switch off and spend much needed time with friends and family, or if it was just a break doing things together at home, it's about who you're with and not necessarily where you go.
We had fun glamping in a Yurt for 3 nights in, The Cotswolds followed by a lodge in Somerset for 7 nights, the UK is quite lovely when you find good places. It was our first time glamping trip and I would highly recommend it, I’m getting a bit too old to lie on a blow up bed and have a cold face in the morning, so it’s glamping from now on in; it has to be said though, I didn’t really miss the sawdust loo when we left, but I did missed the night skies. Being in the middle of a forest, with clear skies and no city interference, night skies are magnificent. The #Thomboys were in their element breaking wood for the fire to cook our beef and bean chilli; Blazing Saddles style!
We equally loved Somerset, but mainly the cheese and the the Gorge.... fabulous place
As well as a local Author, Darren Walker, who has just had has his book published today, we may also be looking at a pilot to be released on the BBC based in Garforth, by a Garforth actor now living in London. If I hear anymore I will let you know, and he may be using local actress' too!
We certainly do have some very talented people in Garforth, amongst them, are a fair few local artists, some I have worked with and some I have bought Art from. I am currently having a picture commissioned by Bren Nevison which will go up in my front room. Bren is very good and his Artwork has a twist of humour which I really like, check out his page and I will post his completed piece, once I have it up in my living room. https://www.facebook.com/brennevisonart/
Talking of Artwork, I am currently having some large banners created, to go up and around Garforth, just for those who don’t know who we are and, for a reminder for those who may have forgotten to keep following – Look out for them and smile.
It's all go
We have seen a fair few changes over the summer breal, The Fly Line advertised for jobs, and they now have their team in training, I hope a lot of people are local people. They have also announced their opening for the 1st October. I see in planning an application for an Orthodontist to move into Stephen Pressleys premises is in, initially people seemed excited as it's seems to be a need for many, however I'm hearing on the grapevine it may NOT be NHS, so as I see it, a waste of time on Main Street, put it somewhere else please. But as I know landlords can be fairly money driven over better placed businesses such as much needed retail or options I have passed on for other independent companies to go in (which there are and people waiting) they feel a fourth dentist practise would be better! #notahappybunny
The Car Park at the top of Main Street is still going ahead, there are some things slowing the process, but it is all happening, and when it does, we'll hopefully see an ease in congestion on Main Street. I also see the tiny houses on Ninelands Lane are shooting up, I’m glad to see solar panels being embedded into the tiled roofs, I hope they will all be the same throughout.
Onwards and Upwards
I had a great catchup with Matt from www.ls25webdesign.co.uk yesterday, we have worked together for as long as The Main Deal was an idea. We have some plans coming up,. One which see will see a page dedicated to local recruitment. I want to help get local people get into local jobs. There are so many benefits of doing so, I’ve had a few success this year with sharing all I have seen through large recruitment agencies, so we are going to look at making this more of working page to help and let you see what’s about. The Main Deal is such a great platform for many things and I want to be able to connect better by offering more of what can help. So keep your eye out over the next couple of months.
You may remember the information I put up a few blogs back about getting involved in a repair cafe? I have a meeting with a lady who knows more about we can implement this and get it off the ground, however, I still need volunteers of people who would like or help and get involved in helping this become a reality, so please do contact me on email firstname.lastname@example.org or pass onto someone you think will benefit from coming along and giving their skills and knowledge to others.
I hope you have enjoyed the blog being back and your Friday read and a cuppa are reunited.
Smile at others, it's starts a trend
Until next week....................
All of our local primary schools have closed for summer break. Are we at this time already? 'says no teacher ever' All Teachers work extremely hard, I know, I have several friends who always look broken at the end of every term, especially this term. If you think school holidays are just for kids, think again, these are for our teachers, otherwise they would burn out.
The Academy breaks up on Wednesday, and then we can officially chill, or juggle!
No more packed lunches, ironed uniforms, polished shoes, water bottles, PE kits, after school clubs, lessons where things are required from, flour to cereal boxes. It will be peaceful on a morning as there will be 6 weeks less of, Bad Mum shouting 'time to brush your teeth, get your shoes on, grab your bag, look at the state of your hair, where's your book, have you done your homework, grab your scooter, WE'RE GOING TO BE LATE' moments. #bringiton
July in Garforth is now known as Super Saturdays
The Feastival couldn't have gone any better, the weather was mighty fine, people were out in there droves from very early on and the atmosphere was perfect, the cafes were buzzing, the library had a great day and people were smiling - thanks to all of you who came out and enjoyed what is, the good of Garforth
We took some pictures from the day and some professional ones, as you will spot, were taken by the very
Lovely Kelly from :
Tiny Branch: Creative Visual Design and Artistry https://www.facebook.com/TinyBranchCreativeVisualDesign/
and we look forward to Kelly's short video which will be on our the feastival website, very soon.
Here's just a snippet of the many photographs that will go on our website.
Roll on Garfeast2019
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Pease also had their 100 years celebration event and I heard it was a great success. They also raised, £3695.00 for 2 special charities. St Gemmas Hospice and the Alzheimer's Society - well done all involved
The Gasgoine also held a local Charity event on behalf or Reggie Yates which many of you will know, and they too had a wonderful day raising funds.
Cielo had a jam packed evening event, celebrating 10 years of independent business in Garforth, with a crowd of 90 fiends, family and customers.
Station House also provided full entertainment throughout the whole of feastival and evening with wonderful music.
Quirky's night time Feastival event was also very well attended, and folk were entertained by our local talent, which is, Luke Flear - I think Garforth have adopted him.
So to carry on the Super Saturdays - tomorrow we have GFest a fabulous, family friendly festival with music, stalls and entertainment which looks to be fabulous and what a great big thing to do, not only a great fundraiser for a wonderful charity, which is so close to many peoples hearts, but to bring our community together, again. Well done Andy Daw, his family and friends who are putting on this amazing event, I truly hope this is a wonderful success.
I'm looking forward to hearing my #thomboy on the community stage after 5.30pm with his band Sticks and Stones #proudmummoment
This is a leisurely and social session where you can drop in anytime between 9.30 and 11 am to make your carta. All materials to complete your carta along with any guidance / support will be provided. Hot drinks can be ordered from the cafe. It will take around half an hour to complete your carta so please allow enough time. Why not bring a friend and craft as you chat?
The cost of this session is £5, if ordering your drink before you make your carta please let the staff know you are here for the carta and drink session; I will collect any monies and settle up with the Cafe once the session is over.
Over the summer holidays I will be researching an idea for a 'repair cafe' which we have had the go ahead to do, from the library, who will also be getting involved. A repair cafe brings peoples skills to the table whilst also helping people fix things that are broken. We are such a throw away society and these repair cafe's could really help us recycle the things we once used. I am hoping to get some skilled workers who have perhaps, hung up their tools, who could come and help us, fix and mend. We are looking for someone who is a good DIYer to someone who can fix small electrical items to someone who could sew, knit, make clothing. We intend to run several workshops with different themes of things that could be mended or made into something super again. We are hoping it will bring people together, and bring our retired folk to help with what skills, experience and knowledge they have If this sounds like something you would want to get involved in, please do email me: Christine@themaindeal.co.uk
Update on the works to be undertaken at Charlie Sweeps Corner:
Dear Cllr Dobson,
I am pleased to say that following continued pressure, payment for the highway works at Charlie Sweep's Corner was received from Persimmon last Friday.
On receipt of this payment, a works order has been issued to Colas to construct these works. Colas will now need to mobilise their resources before provisionally starting on site in August, hopefully making good use of the reduced traffic over the school holiday period.
Officers within my team, responsible for the design and supervision of the works, will undertake a further consultation/information exercise when a definite start date is confirmed.
I see Stephen Pressley Hair Salon will be moving, which is good news as he is staying in Garforth but wanting to build on what the salon can offer. It's always great news when we hear of a business able to expand. I hear he is moving to the building at the back of Martin House and Sainsbury's - Good luck Stephen
Which also means there is potential space available - I'm already on it!
As a lot of you will know, Garforth Academy this week put in a new policy to have all children access the front of the school, only, so they could make checks on uniform, makeup and planners. Fair enough if children are not adhering to school policies, but unfortunately it has caused quite some upset amongst parents who where asked for their children to walk along a very busy, Selby Road instead of the field at the back of the school from The Lines. But today, we have received an email from the powers that be, to inform us that the back field will now have a gate open so children can walk safely through school to the front entrance - It took many, many emails from parents and the local Councillors to get involved for the school to decide his was a better idea! #eyestothesky
We now say goodbye until September, and hope you all enjoy your school/summer holidays, wherever you may be going, from Camping to somewhere, I’d say warm, but I think we’ve had our fill here right in the UK! I’m hoping it continues into the holidays and the usual, school holidays tap of rain doesn’t get switched on
Until September 7th - Smile at people because that's how they're passed on.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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..........
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?