So, where was it? #stormdoris, or as I called it Doris Day; any excuse for me to use this wonderful ladies name, she’s always been a complete idol of mine, so I was just in the office typing away, sharing, talking, and singing DORIS DAY, ALL DAY; there's a video to prove it!
However, I think we had a lucky escape. Friends and family from the North West seemed to have had it much worse, with tiles coming off the roof and glass being broken, I also hear Leeds had a few issues, I saw we nearly had new swimming pool down the lines, but overall not too bad in Garforth, and today, I think, thanks to Doris, we've had beautiful sunny day #bringmesunshine
What happens when you take a week off!
I had a lovely week off, a visit to The Lakes and some much needed time playing about and doing boy stuff with my sons. I think I'll let them do the climbing though!
Public Health came to Garforth with a serious incident of someone being hospitalised. No, it's not great as I hear there were many who were ill, and I believe the place in question had the necessary inspectors in to sort the problem out; and they never closed! It was a pain that at the time, the information that was passed around came with little description. Not sure what it achieved by only giving little clues, only to give some people in Garforth the need for speculation and giving Inspector Clouseau a run for his money, and then came the finger pointing! In my book, this makes things worse. I had to put out a disclaimer to shout for the local independents as the incident had nothing to do with them. Say it all or nothing at all!
There appears to have been a fair few burglaries in the area too, social media does have it's values here as it can inform me people to take care and be more vigilant. I know the local constabulary have arrested one male, but there still must be a few sods out there, as it's still happening. Don't ever be complacent, lock doors and windows even when you're inside the house.
Last week, we also saw our 2 local Counsellors leave the Labour party and they have now set up a new Independent party. Should you wish for more information, you can follow them on their new social media pages.
Remember, love them our loathe them, they’re still people with feelings!
and so we move on........
Enquiries this week from,
The new Fruit and Veg shop, which I’m still yet to learn more about. One minute it was coming, next there was rumour it wasn’t and now it’s clear they’re setting up home in the old LadyCares shop. I love choice and independents, I just hope they're bringing something a little different that we don’t already have so it can sit nicely with existing traders; I’m all for harmony
We’ve also had enquiries from the ladies at Gymophobics which opens on the 20th March, they were originally going to open on the 6th March, but to get it just right and how they want it, they've moved the date. The ladies are fairly local and want this to be a great success. There does appear to be a lot of of interest too - here is their page to follow for all their up to date information https://www.facebook.com/GymophobicsGarforth/?fref=ts
Well I must say, the new Weatherspoon’s, The Briggate is looking rather swanky, someone said it seemed a bit upper class for Garforth! Really, I know the décor is nice, but come on, I’m not going to ever agree that Weatherspoon’s is up there with, the upper class!
The beer gardens will be great in the summer months, giving Main Street a really great vibe, I'm hoping the big positives will be the extra footfall for the high street. But please remember, we still do have other fabulous local independents in and on our high street, so as much as everyone and his dog will be in there for a nosy and an offer, don’t forget to keep supporting all our other local pubs, cafés and restaurants., we would never want to see a new place open and 3 close! Let’s hope it doesn’t bring any trouble either - local PCSO’s will be on it
It’s also great we will have more choice, and I;m all for choice as I have a feeling The Briggate will also bring a market for other new business ventures to come on in. Here’s hoping for more independents on our high street,... Oh and for all the people who didn’t want it, see you at the bar?
Great to hear this afternoon that the WASPI (Women Against Pension State Inequality) event at Cielo was a real success. A lady from the group came to me some weeks ago as they wanted to hold an event to help other local women before their big demo in London on the 8th March, and also Made in Leeds where interested in filming. So I put them in touch with Cielo and today along with some fabulous help from Vicki and Matt, Elaine from WASPI said;
'It's been an amazing success with lots of interest and new recruits and an invitation to WI of Garforth to go speak there. Matt and staff at Cielo were fantastic too so a big thanks to all concerned. We will be on TV on 8th March to coincide with our London Demo. So proud to be a Garforth lady Christine and thanks again. I have emailed Vicki as well to thank her and conveyed our thanks to Matt and his team too who were brilliant '
I love it when local people can work together to achieve great things
#MIG (mum in garforth)
Hitting the trail...
Getting outdoors is one of my favourite things to do. I used to like hiking in Canada - there were lots of beautiful mountain trails where I come from (Vancouver). Although the terrain is quite different in Yorkshire, we live in a beautiful part of the world here too.
We're excited to explore our back garden on the many walking trails around us, and to make sure we can do this with baby T we invested in a good baby backpack.
After doing our research online, we decided on an Ospery Poco Premium pack, ordered from Little Trekkers in Sheffield. It has a sunshade, raincover, detachable daypack and additional storage, and is quite comfortable (no problems on a practice walk around Roundhay Park). Baby T looked really comfortable as well.
We also purchased a few Ordnance Survey maps from Winfields on Selby Road (next to Garforth Garden Centre) and are planning a few outings now that the worst of the winter weather is (hopefully) behind us.
Where are your favourite walks in West Yorkshire? Please share your favourites, I'd love to hear them! Find me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @mumingarforth.
As I mentioned a few blogs back, there was a rumour that, The Bird in Hand was to be taken over by a Greek restaurant, but according to my sources, the people that own the Greek restaurant in Cross Gates have only been to look around, so we’re still yet to see if anything happens, nothing is in planning as of yet.
Sad to hear that Mia’s Nails and Beauty salon will be leaving Chapel Lane at the end of this month. Mia and Tuan are really lovely people and like most independent businesses, have tried to give it a go here in Garforth, their industry, falling under beauty is in a very heavy industry we all know it, the umbrella of hair, beauty and barbers falls under 28 in the whole of Garforth, so they always had the added weight of being seen in the market. Social media is key to being seen no matter what industry you’re in. If you’re not consistent with it nobody hears or sees you. I wish them both luck in their next adventure, whatever that may be.
This Saturday we see a fair few events
Pop into Augustus Court tomorrow from 10.00 – 4.00pm it’s their First Birthday celebrations; yes they have been here a year already and I believe nearly full!
There is also the fashion and fizz evening
To purchase a ticket please email firstname.lastname@example.org ONLY 15 TICKETS LEFT
Saturday 25th February 2017, 7 -11pm
The Miners Welfare Hall, Main Street, Garforth.
* TICKET ONLY *
On the night. clothes will be presented with up to 75% discount, ex Oasis, River Island, Next, Topshop,
M & S, New Look to name a few, in sizes 8 - 20. This is an opportunity to catch up with old friends, makes new ones and grab a bargain at the same time!
There will be a licensed bar and also a raffle on the night to win vouchers to spend on clothes that night.
This event is open to over 18’s only please, with your family & friends being very welcome to join us.
All this is on offer for just £6 per person, to include a glass of fizz on arrival.
All profits raised will benefit the children of Green Lane Primary Academy, Garforth #FOGL
And a RACE NIGHT at St Benedict's Church Hall, starting at 7pm, you can purchase a ticket on the night
This event is being run as part of the charity ride going ahead this year by two great local people in aid of St Gemmas' Hospice and Cancer Research UK. In August Stuart and Rob are riding from London to Amsterdam. They are already in training and raising funds. You can follow Stuart and Rob on their journey leading up to the big event in August.
@Charityride2017 - Twitter & Instagram
Stuart Wynne and Rob Hartshorne - Facebook
Their link for 'Justgiving' is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rob-Hartshorne-and-Stuart-Wynn-2017
Nothing to report in planning this week, but don't worry, my nose is always in them and should anything of interest come up, I'll shout it out. Thanks to all the 100+ people who have objected thus far for the RedRow homes.... objections/comments can still be added, as it;s been extended until the first week in March
Until next week…… behave on social media people, nobody likes a mouth like Katy Hopkins!
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?