OK the main thing lots of people are shouting about this week is, The Garforth Music Festival, and rightly so, there has been some wonderful things going on over the last 2 weeks, including the great entertainment on Main Street last Saturday, the local artist in Cielo giving a demonstration as well as local singers, storytellers, choirs and bands playing all over the place in our local venues.
Local people certainly do have an opinion about the massive thing we do have in our town once a year, "Music, loudness, cost, time, fun, fabulous, wonderful, local family engagement, and school engagement". We're a small town of approximately 16,000 people and this well thought out, lots of hard work goes into it, event happens once a year. For a family of 4 it costs £45, which is only £11.25 each. If you went anywhere on an excursion with a family of 4 it would cost you
1 Game of Bowling for a family of 4 on a Saturday £22
A film at the Cinema for a family of 4 on a Saturday £37.60 (add food)
And add travel
Tickets still available at the Library, bring a picnic, have fun, lots of things for the family to do, lots going on, stalls and music – let’s dance in the sun and support what goes on locally
Garforth Hour was so very active on Tuesday and new businesses joined in too and found what great networking can do for them and the benefits you gain from being on twitter for one hour, the interaction with other businesses is really fun too.
Our next LIVE evening has been re-scheduled for Tuesday 28th July at Business Works UK, Accountants on Fusion Court – thank you ladies. If you are a small business, join in every Tuesday evening from 8pm and come to our live night – register here if you would like to attend.
Don't worry I haven't forgotten about our Jingle, it's still needing work to get it right, and thanks to the lovely musician Tim Manion, it's all in good hands.
Word on the Street
Sad to see that Sam from Adore will be closing her doors on 24th July, It’s one of the great and unique shops we have on Main Street and it does play a big part in getting you, the community to the top of Main Street, but watch this space, it’s not all doom and gloom.
There has been a fair few weeks with the Asbestos Services in Libby's Building (aka Wetherspoons)
There must have been a fair few things to shift. I also noticed they were swilling out floors too. I suppose it’s good that work has started, but It’s still showing Pending Consideration in planning.
Mumbai Kitchen – Opening Soon
Sounds interesting, will the food be by what the name suggests?
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/mar/01/10-best-street-food-mumbai-india It could be very nice. We’ll see what happens and I will try and find out more information and help promote if I can
And this little one went, wee wee wee all the way down the Road
So, the public Loos have gone to create 4 more parking spaces, personally I think we're going to get a lot more use out of 4 spaces than 2 toilets that were not able to be looked after and were very rarely used. It’s a shame that after this week’s post showing the demolition, a few people thought it was inconvenient to pull down the conveniences, and it would now have an impact on people shopping on Main Street. Sad to think that this would be another excuse not to use local shops! There are other conveniences about like our local library and coffee shops and pubs if you need to use them if the need arises – it means you can spend more than one penny and support a local business too!
I have two small children and never had the need to use the public loos on Barleyhill, It’s that old saying, use them or lose them! They clearly weren’t used.
Hunters have been taken over by Claire Errington who has bought the franchise Estate Agents, Looking forward to meeting up with her soon to discuss promoting them.
Tesco have plans in consideration to change use of 9 Parking spaces to a hand card wash and Valeting operation including installation of an office and erection of a canopy! As well as some None illumined signs; 19 of them!
Also Looks like Co-op have applied for some illumined signs #newsignage for our big shops!
Offer that was on last week at Hazelwood Castle has come down from £74 to £66 for two for a Spa Experience – worth a look
If you want to hold conversations with people or find out about things locally, join Street Life, it’s quite good. You can talk to local people and find out about things you may not know. It’s there to encourage people to make connections in their community.
This week I've had 26,763 hits to the website – on our way to 30,000 – I may have to another little dancing video! and now have a very active Facebook site with 830 followers, to get to 1,000 would be wonderful. You can help by telling friends and family to use The Main Deal first, for shopping. – keep it local and support your town.
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?