We come to the end of another year, Christmas is upon us and the kids have finally broken up from school. it’s been a long couple of terms since September and everyone is either really tired or full of cold. Make sure you enjoy this break whether you celebrate Christmas for the religious or the fun reason, or not at all. We all deserve a small break somewhere over the next couple of weeks, because before you know it, we’re all, full, fat, fed up and skint - I know, I’m such a kill joy! But, I truly hope you all have the best time with your friends and family, and if you know someone who is going to be on their own this Christmas, please invite them in, even if it’s just for a drink. The most important thing over Christmas is to show a bit of kindness and it doesn’t always have to come in the shape of a gift.
This year, I have made a real effort to make it a plastic free Christmas. A lot of my presents are bought from local makers, or i've made a few myself, split things and made a couple of gifts. I have then wrapped them in paper and twine or festive material which I bought from Leeds Market, and I'm hoping that next year, it will be reused and returned. My crackers and table settings are plastic free or reusable and all the chocolate tubs I have been given, which there are many and they've already been eaten; isn't this what the lead up to Christmas is all about though? Some ideas for you on how to use re-use yours so they don't become single use plastic.
It's truly been another great year at TMD HQ, I've had more members than ever before, and we've created a new App. and it’s brilliant to be working with even more new ‘independent’ businesses that have come into Garforth, than ever before! 2020 is going to be a great place for Garforth to grow, eat, drink, shop and be with family and friends. Let the local fun begin.
In March 2020, our first repair café will finally get off the ground. I can also look to start other projects too; my mind is never quiet. I have always wanted to bring an element of usable Art to our town, and as we have so many talented local artists in Garforth, I hoping to tap into their world to see if there is anything we can collaborate on together. January is also the start to the work for Garforth Feastival 2020, our 4th year. Lots to discuss and do, and as we decide and finalise, information will be shared, so keep a look out.
I'm hoping to get the Podcast more off the ground too, with our original idea of podcasting with local people we know, including the lovely lasses at Cielo - so keep watching for updates and podcasts.
I am always open to suggestions for The Main Deal, so if there is anything you feel I could do, add, change, make happen, just email me firstname.lastname@example.org I'm all ears and here to do the good stuff, because we can.
Please look to our App or Facebook page for all the up and coming events over the next week – and don’t miss out on Cielo Sings carols with Garforth Jubilee Brass Band and Ian’s mobile Christmas Farm and Carols on Saturday from 1-4pm
Nice to hear two of our Chip Shops are being taken on by new owners this week, Hilltons and Central Fisheries, we wish them both good luck and I hope at least one of then take on the North West opening times - 11pm please, sometimes you just want a portion of chips for supper!
When January is here, please don't forget about our local businesses. January through to February can be difficult months for our shops, as we all eat what’s left over for as long as we can and we count the pennies until January pay day. So when you do need to go out for the odd item or 2, remember local, first. You can always think ahead to our local fitness and health professionals – If you want to make it your ‘New Year’ goal to look after yourself better, check out our ‘Keep me fit and Healthy' Category for all your wellbeing needs.
Like me, are you the organiser of Christmas, Santa and the chef? I feel all I do is stand up, all day, as we have 6 for Christmas Day and 8 for Boxing Day! However, I would much rather cook than wash up afterwards, so I do my best to use every pan in the house! Cook well, enjoy local and drink a few!
The blog will be back on Friday 10th January in the roaring 20's – enjoy, be kind, love lots
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?