With hubby away in Warsaw and my days filled to the brim as well as juggling kids and general things, it’s been a fun week! Put it this way, the wine bottle usually gets opened on Friday Eve; that’s Thursday evening to the people that don’t celebrate it! It was open this week on Tuesday.... I'm looking forward to the weekend
What do you suggest?
I asked on a post yesterday. If we could fill the few empty shops on Main Street with Retail shops, what would you choose? Lots of information came back about what people would like to see. A whole host of ideas of shops, some we have already had, but as nobody shopped in them, they disappeared. Like the suggested pet shop we once had but now people want one back!
Anyhoo… I feel in today’s world of everything, far too expensive to survive and something that’s not going to change no matter how much we cry about it..... and breathe and how much Landlords are charging and how much of a joke the government think it’s ok to charge what they charge in rates... and breathe, the best idea going forward is to create combination shops, and if more people came and used the dual shop then rents and rates wouldn't be such a big deal
A Vintage Shoe shop with a vintage tea room
A pet shop that hosts a vet
Children’s Clothes shop with a corner for weekly kid’s activities and learning
From the input from yesterday’s post, my suggestions are;
Our current DIY shop to have more of a selection of Decorating materials such as wallpaper, perhaps with demonstrations where local traders could come in and show how it’s done! Painting, plastering, they could even use this platform to do local advertising my showing their work!
HOW TO FIX idea, things rather than chuck away. This could be good for our older traders that are now retired and could give some help again! - could this work in one of our existing shops or library?
People have mentioned Boots or a Superdrug, Boots is an unlikely shop that would fit into the empty shops we have, but FYI – Lloyds Chemist on Main Street, may be small but they have a great selection of Makeup, Perfume, Essentials and innovative goods as well as prescriptions, medicines and remedies. I got a few gifts from their last year!. However, Ladycares did offer more!
Thanks to all those of you who have supported me so much over the last few months, well and always do. This week, I attended this year’s Inspirational Women of the Community Awards at Victoria Hall in Leeds Town Hall on International Women’s Day and what a day it was. I didn’t come away with a gold owl award; but myself and Pam Dolan (my lovely guest on the day) did have an idea that if she distracted the Awards minder, I could punch the security guy in the neck and we could run away with one… forever the Scouser!
However I kept professional and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Listening to some amazing and inspirational stories and how some women have gone from nothing to creating something absolutely wonderful in their community, despite lots of adversity and some serious personal issues.
I CAN’T COMPLAIN…..
This is the third nomination I have received in 2017, to be recognised and nominated is a really big thing for me, so thank you. I now have a lovely framed certificate. Fingers crossed for the Yorkshire Choice Awards on 1st April.
On International Women's Day, it's also amazing what you learn about the women population in your city.
#MIG(Mum in Garforth)
Love Trees, Save Parlington
Hubby and I took little T on a long walk in his new backpack the other day. The beginning of our journey took us through Parlington Woods on our way from Garforth to Aberford.
Although the weather was a little bleak, it was still nice to walk through the woods, listening to the wind through the trees and the birds up above.
If you live in the area you will no doubt have seen the signs, 'Save Parlington, say NO to 5000 new homes'; unfortunately, a section of the woods is earmarked for development. I'm no expert on urban planning, and I recognise the need for new homes in the area - but surely there are better sites for this, which would mean the destruction of a green belt area.
If you feel the same way, there is still a chance to voice your concerns. You can sign and submit an objection letter, available locally at Cielo, Sweet Shakes, Bella Rose Beauty, and Freshly Made. Also, this Saturday 11th March the Save Parlington Action Group will be with Councillors Mark Dobson and Sarah Jane Field from 9am until 1pm on Main St (by Co-op) - pop by for a chat and an objection letter.
Deadline for letters is 27th March!
Having grown up in Canada surrounded by trees and nature, it's important to me that my children will as well. I will be submitting an objection letter.
You can keep up to date with what's happening by joining the Save Parlington Facebook group or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @mumingarforth.
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Find out what impact development at Parlington will have on GARFORTH residents. Save Parlington Action Group will be with Councillors Mark Dobson and Sarah Jane Field from 9am until 1pm on Main St (by Co-op) This Saturday 11 March. Come along and see us for a chat and an objection letter.
#WOTS (Word on the Street)
Garforth in Bloom are back out digging again, thank you. It’s lovely to see all the daffodils coming up around Garforth and in some new plots too. You can help on any of the BIG DIGS they have planned. http://www.garforthinbloom.org.uk/ you can also find out what they have been up to over the winter months and what's happening now we're coming into spring.
Noticed that the area in front of the wall of East Garforth Train station has been cleared, doesn't it looks much nicer! Wouldn't it be nice to have a woodland theme painted on the wall ? Greenery every time of the year.
OK, it's an obvious big thing this week. Wetherspoons finally opens and nope, not been in yet, I will pop in when the madness dies down.
But Shock, Horror!
Who hasn’t been able to park? Even the Car Park on Barley Hill has been full!
Who’s seen some new faces around Garforth?
Who complained about the toilets being upstairs (really!)
Who had to share the information on social media that the Disabled loo (downstairs) was leaking! (come on)
A lot of buzz about the place, let's just hope are other food outlets can survive the #noveltyperiod Don't forget them people.
Now you have been for your pub fayre and a pint…. Go on, get shopping, although someone pointed out on social media. ‘I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have a mooch round some nice shops after we come out of Wetherspoon’s’ YES…. Open the blinkers and get on with it; I know it might mean you have to walk up and down main street, but it will help burn off lunch!
Wouldn't these be great on the new virgin boxes currently being installed around Garforth?
Open your eyes and see what I see #shoplocal
Until next week..............
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?