Lots going on this week, busy, busy, busy. Talking to a potential venue who are keen an interested in letting us use them for setting up the Garforth Community Choir, will be able to finalise this part on Monday evening. In the meantime, I have people on the case searching for a choir master/help
I have also been organising and picking up advertising leaflets and gifts for the Garforth Gala tombola; it’s always great to see The Main Deal members and they have been extremely generous with their prizes. I have also been marketing with something fun this week, only managed a few, but if you see one, please take a picture and put it on the Facebook page. ‘Take what?’ I hear you say; you’ll know when you see one.
I have also had some great review meetings, Dorothy Anne’s, great shop, great people and wonderful brands and staying on as a member; encouraging footfall is only a good thing
The great vintage wedding dress that even Hong Kong have heard about, auction has finished today, after a fair few people retracted their bids, the dress still sold for an amazing £2,910.00 .... Fantastic money to a wonderful cause donated by a lovely man.
Well done Sam at Adore Antiques for hosting a wonderful charitable Vintage Tea Party last Saturday and raising a fair amount of money for a charity close to her own heart, The tea and sandwiches in a beautiful setting went down very well – something we need more of me thinks!
Word on the street
Some information floating about this week about the proposed new supermarket! - Worth while attending if you’re interested in the next possible stage, please read the following;
Some unnecessary people in the world
I was disgusted to hear this week after the great efforts of Garforth in Bloom planting new flowers at the Garforth stone near the Cedar Ridge Estate, that some unnecessary people had been and taken them.... really, and the need is?!
I attended the Outer East Leeds Community Environmental discussion at Temple Newsam this week #nicesarnies with some of the great people that help make Garforth what it is, people from Garforth in Bloom, Flood Group, Councillors, Council Workers, and Garforth Lions. You can see I’m in full swing here; as if my talking isn’t enough, my hands always have to join in!
It was a really interesting meeting about how as traders and community can come together to help make our the place we live and it’s environment a better place by doing simple things and not always leaving it up to the people we think have the money and power to do it. The Council have had massive cuts as we all know, but are still working out ways we could PUL together PICK UP LITTER and save the current £250k a year being spent in Leeds to remove litter, dog poop etc. We had a great discussion on our ward table and come up with a few pilot scheme ideas that could work alongside the good work our councillors have put in place with the dog poop Volunteers campaign, and lots of ideas could work well and possible save money #education #visuals #responsibility
Safe Streets for children to play
Myself and another resident on my own Road have been out this week visiting our local neighbours seeing if they will back the Safe Play day on our street. One Sunday, every month for 3 hours. Only the children of our street, being able to play out in a safe supervised environment – We met some lovely neighbours and it was nice to meet the ones we didn’t know, some have them have been on our road for 50+ years when Wimpey first came to build, they’re part of the road – We still have more to visit, but so far, we’ve had a majority in favour and only a few objections #fairenough – we’ll see how we get on with the application.
Several streets in Garforth have already been successful, you can be too http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Play-Streets.aspx
POM POM PUBFEST – Wednesday 24th June ay 8pm
I have organised the little room with the lovely accommodating Jackie from The Podger to let us have this space, keeping the wool away from the other punters. This has been arranged in order to help the huge Pom Pom Bomb for Garforth Arts Festival and the Traders in Main Street taking part, this is so we can help the wonderful ladies who have grabbed this by the horns Debbie Kirby and Debbie Todd. If you can make it, please do come along, I will be there with my wool, pom pom maker and maybe even a cheeky glass of Vino!
If you want to hold conversations with people or find out about things locally, join Street Life, it’s quite good. You can talk to local people and find out about things you may not know. It’s there to encourage people to make connections in their community.
I will be at the Gala this month on Sunday 28th June – you really must come and find my stall and say hello.
This week we've had 23,671 hits to the website, it’s growing each week. You can help by telling friends and family to use The Main Deal first, for shopping. – keep it local and support your town.
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?