So, it's a repeat day?
Great it gives me an excuse to say this
SHOP LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL !
I hope you have enjoyed the half term holidays for those who have children or those who have found getting to work easier with less traffic?
I have been away this week, to the sunny North West, I even got a tan! –sorry, I know, the weather in Garforth hasn’t been brilliant, but I did try and bring some sun back; which lasted all of Thursday evening.
Whilst I was away, I visited 2 other towns with a great high street and other local businesses; a bit like Garforth. I take note of little things that others may not and I had some wonderful conversations with the local traders too. They too, like Garforth business owners, have concerns and worries about their future and how long it will last, especially as one town’s Borough council has decided to hike up the charges on their public parking spaces, £2 for under 4 hours and £7 over 4 hours, obviously, people in the area won’t pay, so they are not using the high street. This is where the residents and the traders need to come together and appeal against the ridiculous!
We are very lucky in Garforth to have free parking and the only issue at times is perhaps waiting for a space or waiting on Main Street to get through when times are busy, I’d rather have this than paying every time I came in; imagine it, I’d be skint!
There are no plans for Garforth parking areas to ever be a chargeable, however to alleviate a few of the issues, I have sent a request to traders today asking, where possible if deliveries can be made NOT on Main Street, as this is causing a lot of the passing issues.
I digress – Basically if the community stops coming into towns, there will be no towns
You can spend as little as 20 minutes a week visiting a shop(s) or making an appointment, or drinking a coffee, please do it – doing little things helps it, BIG TIME - you'll also feel happier because you've shopped local #honest
I'm looking forward to my meetings with the new ladies of Chocolate Spa beauty and Calmer by Christine next week – 2 new companies in Garforth - I’m learning a lot about beauty, holistic remedies and myself!
Cielo is off to Bramley Fair tomorrow, a first for them,. Going solo, selling their fab coffee. Have you entered their competition yet? https://www.facebook.com/Cielouk/?fref=ts
Cielo also joined Medela, The Big Breastfeeding Cafe, they held one on the 20th May and will hold more in the future - great for mummies
Pride & Produce will be opening Sundays from 12th June – when the public shouted, they listened – another great Sunday opening from another great independent
17th June will see Augustus Court, Meridian Care, Care Home Open Day in conjunction with Marie Curie, West Yorkshire – a great Tea Party, if you haven’t been in yet, go and take a look - it’s fabulous, but you have to see it for yourself, it really does have the WOW factor.
Keep your eye out on TMD website and social media sites for exciting news from Mr B and Mrs B – Mr B’s Beard Care and Boutique Beauty, great things coming up next month, and unique to Garforth
Today I went to Lotherton Hall’s Fairy Tale trail and had lots of fun in the sun; yes, it came out. You still have the weekend to go and enjoy the fun and don’t forget to pay the fairies a visit by the rock garden #socute
Vogue Bar opened day Last weekend - I have been away, so haven’t yet paid a visit – Any comments or feedback, did you go in and try one of their beers on offer? I’m getting mixed reviews, but mostly good – give them time, it’s very normal for the first few weeks to have teething problems – Leave me a comment if you had a good time – share it - Good Luck to Robert, James and Ben
Great to see Martin House Open yesterday – looks like a nice charity shop
With regards to charity shops I have been encouraging St Gemma’s to have a Vintage section in their branch as I think this will give a fun and unique product element to their shop and hopefully, it will also give you more of a reason to pay a visit
After last night’s Christmas Committee Meeting – Christmas is looking pretty marvellous for lights switch on! I know, I know it’s only June, but we’ve been planning since January! Follow to see what’s going on, on the Facebook or Twitter Page
SLP looking to expand a little with a detached classroom block - planning in consideration
Lidl - still in planning consideration. I have seen a marked area on where their proposed road changes will be! Have a look on the paved area, next time you come out of Tesco’s and head up to Toll Bar Garage!
New BLUE fencing gone up on the Green Lane site for houses – let’s hope it stays blue and not full of graffiti again! - Planning still in consideration
A bit of a shorter blog this week, I’ve been out of Garforth most of the week; so that’s why it’s been dull! ; )
I hit a big number this month – on the website that is, 14,500 hits in May – Fabulous news, it means you’re using it and hopefully, finding it helpful ?
Looking forward to another Guest blog next week – lots of great comments from our first one
It takes you to start the trend #shoplocal and then brag about it
Until next week....
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My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?