Welcome to November
I had fabulous half term with all the Thomboys in lovely Whitby; the last holiday of the year. It's a great place to be in the October half term with it being, Goth Weekend and some great Halloween activities including Whitby’s spectacular lit up Abbey along with an adaptation of the great classic story, Dracula. A fun and friendly version, giving us chills and laughs in the dark with the Abbey like this
Hey, I’m Linda and I’ve lived in Garforth since 1983 when I was a 5yr old with a southern accent. ‘Plimsoles’ and other words were no longer acceptable so friends soon sorted that bit out, and it’s felt like home since. I’m married to Nick and we have 4 children aged 10, 8, 4 and 10months.
As long as I can remember, Garforth has been great at community. From the big things like the gala parade that filled Main Street with floats and music bands, to individual and family needs for fundraising and care. In creating Cielo Coffee House as a social enterprise with Nick, we wanted to be a part of this story, not to re-invent the wheel, but hopefully add to the community experience for customers and beyond.
When we have profit, we give it to local groups such as football clubs, Garforth in Bloom, music and drama clubs and so on. We also like to give our space, such as recently having the Garforth Guides in for a latte art/coffee roasting experience evening. We had a great live music event last month, and have sold out again for this month. These are great opportunities to keep it local too, having Adam from Amber’s Kitchen in for food, Quirky Ales for beer, and local musicians.
The world is accessible these days, and products and services can come from just about anywhere. But ‘keeping it local’ isn’t just a romantic past time thing. I genuinely believe there is a real value to Main Street, and small business. Many of us drive all over for shopping and so on, some of it essential travel, but for me, I also really love those times you wander up and down the street and see people you know enough to say hello to. I’m one of those annoying types that says hello to people I don’t know too! (sorry). Its not just important for those who may not see anyone else that day, or the older generation, or less mobile, or those with learning disabilities. Community takes variety and we can all add value to other people’s lives. Our 10 month old daughter, Grace, has a little extra, she has Downs Syndrome, and I’m so grateful to our friends from Home Farm Trust who work with us and come in as customers. These guys are legends, and were our only real point of reference when we got the news at the hospital. Just knowing them and how brilliant they are, gave us reassurance that we’d be okay. They continue to add value to my life each week.
Often, when we feel low or swamped and stressed, the advice is ‘just get out and about’. The medicine found is not just the breath of fresh air, but the interaction with others, slowing down pace, and taking in what’s around you. Don’t just commute from here, get involved somewhere!
WOTS (word on the Street)
WOW what a fabulous evening we had on the Fairburn Estate on Tuesday, there were lots of wonderful houses who really went to town; we do have some fun people in Garforth… yippee
One thing that stuck out most was how well behaved and well-mannered ALL of the children were who came and visited our spooky house, and from quite a lot of what I read and heard, lots of Garforth had a spooktacular Halloween too. Kids were saying things like, ‘Have a Happy Halloween’ and ‘have a lovely Evening’ as they left our door with a bucket of sweets.
I did however, hear and read that not all was bright and cheery but more dark and dreary over parts of Garforth.
I did cackle at some of the extreme posts though!
Some of the comments......
‘There’s between 70-80 kids on Main Street’
There’s no police officers anywhere and they do nothing anyway’
'Where are the parents of all these terrible kids?'
'Someone robbed by sons outfit and took all his sweets, he’s only 5' - why the parent not out with him?
Generally in a group of kids – there’s always one or two idiots and then there’s bystanders. We’ve all been there, don’t post ‘ This never happened in our day’ YES IT DID, Fireworks being thrown, eggs being chucked at people and cars, people walking over parked cars and mischief being caused – I watched it as a kid, didn’t agree with it, but there were some right idiots and there always will be.
The reason we think it goes on more now is we have something called, Social Media which allows every take, comment, video and picture to be broadcast before police can even get a look in; then we have the idiots that are adults, some saying ‘brand them on social media, put their names, shame them’ where you that kid that was causing mayhem back in my day? Not the most sensible thing to suggest really!
Believe it or not Garforth Academy are extremely good at sorting out behaviour of kids who step out of line, and as we have read and seen they are already on it.
Like all media, things are escalated and exaggerated and made bigger than they are. I bet there were probably 10 kids out of 1000 that caused the mayhem on Tuesday – don’t brandish them ALL with same brush because they are in the same area.
If you can go online and shout about how bad it is and the slag off the police for not being there. How about being constructive and log onto, West Yorkshire Chat 101 https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101LiveChat
and report it properly, if the chat group starts to get several reports, something will be done. Believe in our local officers and help them.
And so we move on...
Lots more events have been added of the past 2 weeks, especially in the lead up to Christmas.
Please check our Facebook page and look in events, so you don’t miss out on all the fun that's coming up
Until next week..................
Use your loaf - shop local
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?