Well what a week, another one gone in a blink of an eye. How does it go from Monday to Friday in a flash? Do you think it’s to do with the nights being dark so early, that the day seems over so quickly? It needs to slow down, we don’t want Christmas over in a flash too.
This week, I have had the unfortunate, ‘it’s-going-round-everywhere-schools-are-closed’ bug, yes, the lovely Norovirus, what a lot of fun that’s been! I didn’t think vomiting could be so violent. Luckily, all is well on that front, now I just have a cold to deal with! I’m just hoping it’s all out of the way before Christmas, I have a lot to do in 12 days. Now, wash your hands people.
Well, we can’t leave the elephant in the room any longer. BoJo is in, some may clap, some may weep, some may drink…lots; but if Kelvin Fletcher doesn’t win tomorrow night’s Strictly, I’m considering a move to the Netherlands! Now can we just get on with Christmas
It was so great to hear Luke Flear's, new single, 'Alive' released last Friday, a real catchy tune (if that doesn't make me sound like a parent) Stream from one of your favourite devices, but take note with Alexa, you have to say FLEAR very clearly!! Sticks and Stones have also been in the studio again and their new songs, to add to their own collection should be released soon - so watch out for this. What great local talent we have.
A little Christmas helper - some gift ideas you might not have thought of - be surprised
Dumouchel do evening classes such as chocolate and bread making, check out their website and ask what’s coming up www.dumouchel.co.uk
The Gin Shack – Lots of great gins and glasses, great hamper gift sets, www.ginshack.co.uk
Quirky Ales – Brew school - https://quirkyales.com/brewschool/- not only is it local, but there’s lots included on your brew school day for the man or woman in your life who likes good ale – Quirky have also just released some, ‘Merch’, have a look on their Facebook to see all.
Baby classes and Local activities – book online for your son, daughter or friend who have a baby? There’s baby massage, baby yoga, baby signing, baby swimming and activate Storytime and sensory classes for all – check with Flutterbabies, Bumps and Babes, Find Your Voice – lots of great local classes as well as booking classes with Katherine at Funky jives for mums, dads and toddlers to do classes together https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/local-activities.html
Garforth Community Choir – You can book a taster session or a full term - all details and prices https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/garforth-community-choir.html
Pre Book a holiday with Natalie Varley our local Travel Counsellor and her team - all you're needing is a deposit at this stage - imagine your partner opening that surprise on Christmas Day! https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/natalie.varley
Restaurant Vouchers – why buy one for the big chains when we have so many great places to eat in Garforth, you can buy vouchers for all of them, including a breakfast voucher or a coffee voucher – think outside the big chain cards!
Hair and Beauty – now these may be an obvious, but do you know you can buy vouchers from them ALL – we have so much choice, from nails to aesthetics, from tanning to piercing https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/make-me-beautiful.html
The Flowerhouse Garforth - not just great flowers, wreaths, table settings and beautiful flowery gifts as well as cactus and succulents and lots more for you too https://www.facebook.com/theflowerhousegarforth/
Few Gifts and RAW Family Design – you can buy something really unique at their gift shop near Tesco’s, including local business crafters and makers and local artists too. Or book onto one of their up and coming workshops www.fewgifts.co.uk You can have something printed on an item of clothing or 'merch' by RAW. https://www.rawfamilydesign.co.uk/
Smartypants Art with Kirsty - you may have seen lots of Kirsty's facebook posts were people have been out on a night and day time events (one coming up in January) for a painting and proscecco - I can highly recommend
Ladies Clothes shops – don’t forget we now have 3 choice of ladies-wear with our two new ships, Lilypops Boutique and Room 94 Boutique as well as the lovely Dorothy Anne’s. Items of clothes to buy, shoes, boots, bags, jewellery, nightwear, underwear, accessories and gifts – which means, as its local, if you don’t get it right, it’s easy for the gift receiver s to take it back and change it!
Refill & Go – is not just about filling up on produce, they also do fabulous gift options too, such as Chilly bottles, bath bombs, take to work items, things to eat as well as things for the Christmas Table and selection boxes– all plastic free of course
Sue Carroll Psychic Medium – Sue has been our local Medium for a long time and has a great reputation, she does one on one personal readings and group bookings too – has your family or friend every mentioned about always wanting to have a reading done?
Personal Training Sessions or a book of 10 classes – all of our local fitness classes, personal trainers and gym, such as Gymophobics all do vouchers including our Slimming World classes, check out our link https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/keep-me-fit--healthy.html
Dental treatments – our local dentists offer teeth whitening and some, aesthetics. Has your partner or loved one been going on about wanting straighter teeth? You can organise a free consultation and perhaps money towards their new year, new teeth, listen to my, ‘short midweek podcast’ travel, thoughts, new biz and this gift idea.
You can search for all of the above here on our website. Hopefully I have given you a few ideas to go on with, should you be scratching your head this year for something different!
As mentioned last week – all our events are now on our easy to downloadable App
Just save it to your home screen and it will sit nicely with all your other Apps.
I see the planning application is now in for the new Bar Café, The Assembly, which I mentioned in our podcast the other week – details here, https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=Q1M8TLJBKHO00 Always great for a nosey of the layout – fingers crossed for another place to be
We walk, we talk, we stop, we eat – locally
Our last blog of 2019 next week, until then, have a great week
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?