Happy Friday everyone. I think I have just about recovered from my Mumcation, and what a fabulous weekend it was. The sun came out on Saturday, the sun cream was applied and then Sunday, the rain followed and we hid in jumpers, but it didn't stop the chat, the laughs, the wine and the eating. I would highly recommend doing this with your friends once a year. Start by putting a small amount of money aside each month and name a date, all you need is a house and a hot tub!
What a sad week for Thomas Cook, all their crew and all their passengers. When a long standing company fails, it has a huge long term impact on people,. However if we look at the bigger picture, it is people's habits that ultimately have an impact on people. When we do everything online, big old fashion British institutions like Thomas Cook, BHS, Woolworths etc collapse. It's down to us. If these bigger companies are closing, then its worrying for our smaller businesses.
It was sad to read on social media today that as of 5.00pm tomorrow, Neils Fruit and Veg shop will close. Unfortunately they have tried many things to make a go of it on Main Street, but have been unsuccessful. I know we have had a fair few Greengrocers take on this space but also, they have not been successful. Perhaps a change of use is needed, a bit more variety perhaps! We wish Neils staff, luck in whatever they do next.
It also brings me onto this, if we don't use it, we lose it
Friday 11th October 10am-4.00pm with Smarty Pants Art - Join me in the studio making these super cute needle felted toadstools in a terracotta pot. Learn a new skill, meet new friends and have fun in a relaxed, friendly environment. All materials, tea/ coffee and biscuits provided. Bring your own lunch. £15pp Booking essential Contact Kirsty; firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her on Facebook
Saturday 12th October - Paint a Munch! At Few Gifts 11.30-1.30pm Learn to Paint - Edvard Munch a master of expressionism! In this session you will explore painting with flowing lines to create dramatic imagery. Juxtapose a dramatic piece with a happy piece.
£20 includes all materials plus tea, coffee and cake!
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I see in planning this week that Reeds Rains old premises have finally put in an application. Unfortunately, it's an application for ',Change of use of estate agent (A2) to coffee shop/drinking establishment (A4)' these are my comments on the planing application.
Rumour has it - As Precious Bridals at the top of Main Street has left! Predator Games in Crossgates will be taking over the premises. I can not see anything in planning as yet, but with it being retail, it may not not need, 'change of use' so we'll just have to see what happens here
An application for EXPERT ORTHODONTICS LIMITED has been put forward to take over one of the units on Fusion Court, Aberford Road, which is just after the Toll Bar Garage on the left. Not sure yet if this will be NHS or Private Orthodontists
As above, we will now see more empty premises where Thomas Cook used to be, as well as Shed (barbers) and Neils Fruit and Veg, there are a few premises up for rent, who will take them on?
Until next week - look after the local
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?