It appears that some of you like to read the blog! Don’t worry, I won’t take offence that a lot of you prefer reading than hearing my scouse dulcet tones and the fact it was perhaps longer to listen than read. It was something to try and I still like the idea of a podcast, but perhaps I may do this during the week with more people joining in, as a little addition to the blog! So here goes, you have it back as a written form, give me a high five!
Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat or I might!
As one of many women in the world, I handle a lot of everything! I work full time, run a house, a family and then some bloke added Christmas, I know it’s not all down to Jesus; well, it is, but Santa can take some of the blame too! Juggling work, school jumpers, 'just a £1' donation, Christmas plays, carols, gifts, themed events and disco’s, then I have to add the presents, decorations, food and then family arriving to deal with. I love Christmas, but equally find it quite stressful and I don’t see myself as a stress head. I only have one brain and there are many tabs open, and some of them are frozen! This year I am planning on being out of of the office a little earlier, which is also an advantage with the Thomboys breaking up later this year. I will officially be out of the office from 16th December, but don’t worry, we don’t go quiet until Christmas Eve!
I heard on the news this morning that people should stop buying Christmas jumpers because of the amount of plastic used to produce them. That’s very understandable but what I always want to know is, rather than moaning about a problem, can we have a solution first, and instead of jumpers, what could we wear as an alternative - what would you come up with as an alternative to a Christmas jumper?
Awful news, to hear about an attempted and then two full on hit, burglaries this week. Anytime this happens is awful. To have some opportunist; this is me being polite, come into your house and take your things, but Christmas is even harder as people start preparing for the big day there's more to take! Luckily the one opportunist that attempted to get into a house didn’t release the homeowner was in, so she caught a picture of him and it’s now given the police a better opportunity to look for a complete scum bag, idiot in red trainers, sorry, my politeness left...! At this time of year, it’s rife for little buggers, please make sure all your windows and doors are secure, I know it may feel I’m trying to teach a grandma to suck eggs, but a lot of people still don’t have the basics of security in their home, and it could potentially give burglars easy access.
If you feel you need better security or just some advice, call our local experts
David - Mr Smith Locksmith - https://www.mistersmithlocks.com/
Dean – Garforth Security – Alarms and CCTV https://garforthsecurity.com/
Always think, you may need to pay £150 excess on your home insurance should you broken in to, but you could spend less on added security on your windows and doors.
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Out Out, locally
The Podger is now back open. Last night I was invited to the soft opening, to see, taste and share with you, some details of their new refurbed pub. Jackie and Mark and the team have been working really hard getting it ready for todays opening, especially as they’re now offering a breakfast menu too. The photo’s will give you an idea of how they have made great changes, and made The Podger a place you want to be with your friends, family and your dog! Yes, part of the pub will be dog friendly. Another great venue to walk to, have a bite to eat and walk home – being local is getting..... good.
You can see the full menu online https://www.sizzlingpubs.co.uk/food
Our Repair CAFÉ – Great news
Finally, we have a new venue that will host, Garforth’s Repair Café and finally, I can get this up and running – the lovely team at Few Gifts have been our olive branch and we will be holding our first session at the end of March 2020, we wanted to get the bad weather out of the way and we can also have the much needed help from the fabulous volunteers, at Leeds Repair Café joining us. So please keep an eye on our Facebook page (LINK) and you can follow what’s happening in the lead up to our first one
I paid a visit to the library this week to meet the Garforth Knit and stitch group – each year, they come up with a theme for their Christmas display, and oh my goodness, you should go and see it, it’s fantastic. We have some very fabulous and talented local ladies – Here's a little glimpse of their Cinderella themed knits, go in and see the whole story and their knitted Christmas Decorated tree too! - Love a local
I’m hearing, ‘word on the street’, that one of our new establishments (soon to open) has had a bit of trouble, just about to get their license through and then there’s been an objection – it all sounds very naughty and a bit sneaky how it has been done too! I hope this gets sorted asap and we can see another new eating and drinking establishment open, the more offerings we have the more impact we will have on day time footfall, it’s a no brainer. Choice is what we want and need to get a good night time vibe on our main street and to keep people spending money locally!
Off on our Zumba Christmas do tomorrow – well it would be a bit sad if I had one of my own in this small office!
Until next week
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?