Happy New Year. Put your hands up if you have written 2018 and scribbled it out; It takes a few week to get used to a new year : )
I hope you all had a great break,, if for some, it may have only been Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Time spent with family and friends is precious; unless you have your mother in law with you for a week! Only kidding, she’s lovely in every way.
I was hosting all over the holidays, it's not too bad when you have great ingredients to cook with. We had very a succulent Turkey from Firths that lasted several meals, and a gammon I cooked for our New Year ’s Eve party, with added spices and herbs, cooked in the slow cooker to make splendid sandwiches to help with the alcohol, saying that I rarely drank over the holidays; I’m just as surprised as you! There was plenty on offer including good gin and good wine, as well as the compulsory bottle of Baileys and Prosescco, but it just wasn't flowing; maybe the delay will be at the end of January!
As we’re now in January, some of you may now be wanting to make changes for your own health; not necessarily how many cheeses and biscuits you can offload, but a general feeling of fitness and well being. We have so much on offer locally, joining our Choir on Wednesday evenings at Garforth Academy, its fabulous for mental health. Joining one of our Knit and Natter groups, one in the Library and one in Cielo, or going along to Nic Baker's crafting session she holds locally, getting your creative juices going. Try dancing, it's not only great for the body, but also, great for the mind, give Zumba a go or perhaps adult ballet and tap classes with Caroline Atha School of Dance. There is also a tea dance that is held every Tuesday afternoon at The Welfare Hall. And we also have a ladies Gym with some great offers for newbies and our local personal trainers to set your own goals. It could even be something like looking after your hair, skin or teeth this year, or getting help with slimming. We have it all here in Garforth, just click on search at the top and find out where you can join. Or ask me more firstname.lastname@example.org
The Main Deal at 5
This week I celebrated 5 years in business, it's thanks to you, I've reached a bit of a goal!
FREE TRIAL SESSIONS EVERY FRIDAY IN JANUARY at St Mary's Church Hall, Garforth
The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy invites you to join them for an hour of fun-filled drama - including a short play!
Classes suitable for children aged 5 - 17 (not all in the same group!)
Friday 4pm - 5pm Lower Primary (aged 5 to school Year 3)
Friday 5pm - 6pm Upper Primary (School Years 4 - 6)
Friday 6pm - 7pm Youth Theatre (School Years 7 and over)
Please contact Caryn Walton-Binns to book on
email@example.com or 01904 492 998
Back to it......
I will be attending a lot of meetings over the next few weeks, one with the library with a follow up meeting about the Repair Cafe. We also have a meeting on Monday 28th January at 5.45pm and Clary from Leeds Repair Cafe is coming over to give us some hints and tips about how we go about getting this off the ground - this is an open meeting so if you couldn't make the one last year, please do come along and volunteer your time or advice.
I'm going to be talking to Helen from The Jigsaw Tree. Jigsaw Tree is an online community and resource for everyone involved with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC’s). Helen has some great ideas and we're going to see if we can implement them into our town.
I will also be involved with the first Feastival Meeting which will be happening in the next week or so, more great things to come #watchthsispace
And a couple of review meetings with my lovely members to see how they have been getting on in their initial 3 month membership.
As of the 1st February, the car park behind the parade of shops on Main Street will be decreasing its parking times from 1.5 hours to 1 hour. The landlord feels this will help with shoppers and workers to make a quicker turnaround in order to help with parking!
In my opinion, this is only going to make people park elsewhere, ie. Residential areas. 1.5 hours were plenty and I always got a parking space, no problem, as the time was adequate. However, decreasing this time will have an impact on how long people spend on Main Street, which is the worry. The only positive is, it’s still free. I have always found these landlords to be very short sighted when it comes to Garforth, people who don’t live in Garforth make decisions that don’t ever suit the people that do. If you look at these parade of shops alone, we only have Lee left at The Greengrocers as the only independent on the first floor. #eyestotheceiling
Keep an eye out on Sticks and Stones' Facebook page, they are playing locally in Swillington and Kippax over the next few months https://www.facebook.com/GARFUFF/
Until next week.... Be kind
Happy Christmas Jumper Day, I hope you have had yours on and wore it with pride, like Enhance Dental did today #staffjumpers .
The end of 2018
So this is my last blog of the year! Where has this year gone? 2018 has been the fastest year ever; I’m sure I say this ever year. It’s certainly been the hottest and the coldest and as we’re forecast snow for tomorrow, will it be setting the president for another really annoying and cold winter? I don’t mind hibernation for a little bit, but many of you will know. I’m not very good at keeping still for too long. Let’s hope it’s a one off; it's allowed can snow on Christmas Day.
I have been involved in so much again this year, The Main Deal is always a great platform to make things happen, getting businesses and people connected, has never been so important. As we ‘May’ see a difficult future with businesses next year, we need, now more than ever to put all our efforts into making the businesses we love and know, supported, we really need to keep up the footfall and not just on, Main Street as we are seeing more new businesses starting up at home, and on the corners of the street we live. I personally think we will see a revival in new industries, perhaps big businesses starting up in the UK and supporting each other more; this can’t be a bad thing. So if you make any new year’s resolutions for 2019, try to make sure you look at supporting local, first!
GREAT NEWS - It's been a great week for The Main Deal
It’s happened again, I’m so very grateful and overwhelmed, the third year running, to be nominated for Business Woman of the Year and Independent Business of the Year 2019. WOW And it’s not just me, You can also vote for our two fabulous local inspirational individuals and Fundraisers of the year. Andy Daw and Helen Smith, as you are only allowed one vote per category, you can certainly give them a vote each
Vote your Garforth Winners https://www.yorkshirechoiceawards.co.uk/votehere
Great to see a huge article in Wednesday nights Yorkshire Evening Post – well done Pam and James writing this fabulous article about how our choir got off the ground. Thanks for adding Me and The Main Deal in there : )
What’s on – over the holidays?
So a post was put up on our local Councillors page about the proposal to have Barley hill Car Park (behind La Bella Vita) into a paid car park. There are no details of charges or when/if. But it will certainly need your objection should you not wish for this go ahead. So please send an email to Mark or Sarah with your thoughts and it will help them build a case for it to be kicked out of planning.
Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
This is what I emailed them;
As an independent business of nearly 5 years helping to market, promote and protect our local independents here on Main Street and Garforth, A chargeable car park is without a doubt, one of the worst proposals for our town, for it to even to be suggested, no matter how much it would cost, has little to no thought about the impact.
As we now have an out of town complex with Lidl, Home Bargain and The Fly Line and another space to be filled, we now need, more than ever, to keep footfall and interest on our Main Street. I completely object the idea of this going ahead. I know more than most that our local businesses can not afford for less, footfall. Before Lidl came, Tesco took 27% out of 1,000 shoppers to their store and our high street 11%, a giant store such as Tesco's are not affected too much by a cut in footfall if people chose alternatives. However should our High Street loose just even 1% this would have a major impact. I have worked hard with our community and businesses making it better connected, and this has helped with keeping little to no premises empty for long. To give our town a future, we need more parking not charges.
LCC should work with companies like The Main Deal, we who have helped local business survive and thrive, and without money from the local council. We work hard to help save our high streets and without us, high streets would have died a long time ago as well as the local economy.
So make sure you really do have your say
As it’s officially the week leading up to Christmas, my head is well and truly buried in a box of chocolates, when you have finished with these plastic tubs, here’s a few hints and tips as to what you can do with them afterwards. http://myzerowaste.com/2014/10/reuse-ideas-quality-street-tub/?fbclid=IwAR0JFnsdk9zB-G_rqMPdSqFzohb814uQcBdsN3f9D82tBl5yavZ9KcUTRUA
At Christmas, not everyone is lucky enough to be off over the holidays, so in the words of Russell Howard, let’s give our fabulous NHS workers, a silent night. Turn it up and hear what he has to say #manaftermyownheart
Until next Year…… #uselocalfirst
News just in this morning that Tour De Yorkshire will be making it's way through Kippax, Garforth and Barwick in Elmet again - Friday 3rd May 2019.
I’ve had worse weeks!
With Rebecca from the Gin Shack helping taste her new Christmas Cracker Gin which will be at Quirky from Tonight. - It's hard life helping give feedback!
I also bought some of Rebecca’s House pour for Christmas presents; they are such lucky people - Check all the details on her website https://www.ginshack.co.uk/ #buylocal
New member Nichols Fisher Dental practise on Wakefield Road. One of our lovely independent dentists coming to join us https://www.nicholsandfisher.com/ - You will see on their website how long staff have been working together, some 25 years, I think this says a lot about a company.
Wednesday 12th December - Buy a copy of the Yorkshire Evening Post on Wednesday as inside the Community section page, you will be able to read a great article about how the Garforth Community Choir started. The lovely Pam Dolan are community enthusiast and organiser withing the choir has written a fabulous piece, there's also a little Main Deal plug in there too!
Coming to Garforth is a Pilates and Barre studio opening up on Main Street with Claire Wray and a new Beauticians will be taking over the old Te-Amo premises on Fairburn Drive, hoping third time lucky for this beauticians, they will have to be really good in a very strong hair and beauty market we have here in Garforth
All the links for the new Garforth bus service, starting on Sunday:
I’m looking forward to our Zumba Christmas night out tomorrow evening, locally of course, at 450 degrees - You’ll hear us I’m sure. laughing is good for a healthy heart and a healthy mind!
Today my voice has decided to get lost; much to the happiness of family and friends
Until next week #shoplocal this Christmas. Even Visa and American Express are behind them !
What a great night Garforth Lights was, lots of things going on, the Christmas Market was really great, even the weather was on side for once. All the stage performers were also fabulous, especially the people dressed in costumes. I thought the parade to the stage was very sweet with many of our local clubs and causes.
Most of the young adults were very well behaved, just one group that stood out, the ones standing outside Bargain Booze passing round a bottle of white wine and smoking; maybe they should have stood on the stage, as being so blatantly under age and drinking actually outside the off license wasn’t risque enough! Come on, I’m 44 but not old enough to forget I was a teenager and drank under age, I can’t even say my parents were sophisticated enough and had me drinking a good class of Port at the dinner table; but I was 16 and drank away from people. Don’t forget, Garforth is so very, very, very town! I think the passing policeman soon got wind of their cheeky behaviour and put a stop to it; I mean, where else are you going to hide a massive bottle of white wine, Echo too…. not a bottle of Lambrini in site!
20th July 2019
GFest announces next year’s Festival along with the headline Act, Bulsara and his Queenies – We really do need Sticks and Stones and Luke Flear on that stage too – well they are beginning to get the most well-known bands, locally? Luke played on the stage on Friday and then had another gig in Selby – he’s so popular. Sticks and Stones played a fabulous gig outside Wetherspoons and were really well received by many, especially the landlord. – So maybe a little message to GFest to get these two local bands on the main stage at G fest would be good?! Go on, tap, tap…
.Early bird tickets will be on sale from the St Gemma's shop on Main Street Garforth this Saturday 1st December at the same price as last year.
Family £25 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
This week we saw Garforth and District Lions bracing the rubbish weather as Santa started his rounds wishing all the community children a merry Christmas
In case you haven’t seen it, here is the schedule right up to the 23rd December (my road )
Please dig deep and donate what you can, it all makes it happen again next year – Volunteers out in Force
Commitment to spending locally - I'll just leave this here for you to read
It's officially the Start of Christmas tomorrow - 1st December is upon us. Therefore we will see many trees being bought
You can buy yours locally at;
Willow Park Farm (next to Garforth Golf Range)
The Greengrocers - They're not getting a lot in, so please order with them directly
Neils The Greengrocers
Garforth Garden Centre
Berts Barrow - Hillam
Until next week - Happy hanging your baubles
I hope the weather stays warm and dry for this year's Christmas Light Switch on which starts of with the Christmas market stalls opening from 5pm, Procession at 6pm. Lights switch on at 7pm with lots of great things going on in between - be there and support local as few of our fab businesses will be staying open later to welcome you.
This week started with a meeting at the library to get ideas from people within the community about how we can start my idea of a Repair Café. We had 3 volunteers who came along and gave some fabulous ideas and offered their skills. We are now in touch with Leeds Repair Café and they will be coming along to another meeting I will be planning in January to get some more interest and to move things forward. We will also be contacted the local Garforth and Kippax Group U3A to see if we could get them also involved. – If you know of anybody who would like to share their skills, please let me know. It's all about passing on knowledge too.
I have been to see Nichols Fisher Dentists this week, a possible new client coming on board next week – It’s important we show you, the community what is on offer locally and what choices and options you have. With all our Dentists, you will be amazed what treatments are now on offer, as some treatments don’t even involve teeth!
Today I have been with Tony Clough our local First Aid Trainer for a day of First Aid and a little bit of videoing and taking photographs so people can get an idea of what he does in his sessions – film to follow
Congratulations to all the Christmas Window Winners
First Prize - Pride and Produce
Second Prize - The Urban Pet Store
Third Prize - CA Hair Design
If you normally follow the blog you will know I was never in favour of this coming to Garforth as it creates a destination for people to go, and may detract from the High Street, especially good old, 100 year old businesses like Pease. However, there is one good thing it has brought, 40 new jobs, I only hope most of these are given to local people
Have you ever wondered how The Main Deal works? https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/contact-me.html we are here to help give businesses a platform with very little cost but lots of help and enthusiasm for them to be seen in one place where everyone looks
Enjoy this evening, and it's thanks to the Christmas Committee that it will be another great Lights Switch on, with a band and whoop; yes fireworks are back. Look out for Sticks and Stones playing outside Wetherspoons between
Until next week....
Funny how today is international day for tolerance - can we, with all that's going on with Brekit! Can we just scrap this bit and we'll pretend it never happened - re-write history?
It's been a very long week. Hubby has been away in The States all week (with work), Thomboys Big Birthday; how do I have a teenager? I also went to probably the saddest funeral I’ve ever attended. : (
Running a house of boys with work, and fitting in my weekly exercise classes, the TV also decided to stop speaking to the Sky Box!! Google is my best friend. Saved my week.
They say it’s going to get colder next week, wrap up and pop in somewhere local for a warm, good coffee and a bite to eat.
After the Thomboys birthday we're now on countdown for the Thom family Christmas. Let the stress begin! Thankfully, Shopping local does take the strain a little, with putting my meat order into the Butchers and Veg and Fruit order into The Greengrocers and being able to pick these up on Christmas Eve, it;s something less I have to worry about. I already have my Gin for gifts order in with The Gin Shack. Need to get my winter PJ's for family from Dorothy Annes, they have half price Kids Chrostmas Jumpers in at the moment for all that important Christmas Jumper Day on the 14th December as well as on the lead up to Christmas too. I have already booked the Zumba Crew into 450 Pizza for our Christmas Night out too. I've made a start.
I have booked Tickets for the first Christmas festive event which is on the 1st December at Garforth Academy (see below)
A few for the diary
Carols at Cielo will be held on Saturday 22nd December at 4.00pm
The Garforth And District Lions have released their schedule of Santa Visits in Garforth
GFest have announced next year’s Festival for Saturday 20th July, it’s going to be bigger. I hope they bring a chip van this time! As a community can we raise much more money for a fantastic cause? We need to beat £37,500
Well done for a fabulous turnout at Garforth War Memorial last Sunday, nice to hear so many people went along to pay their respects.
What’s coming up?
News in the community about a possible development of a retirement care village for the elderly On the grounds of Garforth Cricket Club Read more here from our local councillors - A newsletter has been sent to approximately 2,000 residents and stakeholders, inviting them to an exhibition of the initial proposals on WEDNESDAY 21st NOVEMBER between 3pm and 7pm at Garforth Cricket Club, Church Lane, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1HB.
From Sunday 18th November until the 9th December, Leeds Road/Selby Road ( Charlie Sweeps Corner ) on these 4 consecutive Sunday the Road will be closed from 8.30am - midnight in order they can complete the works that involves large machinery.
If you ever want to look at anything local that is in planning, you can find out by clicking on this link https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/ - it's all public access.
Don’t take your Children for granted, you just never know what could happen – RIP Dan Jackson
Until next week
What a great Half term, it's just never long enough. However schools did get it right as we were able to enjoy Halloween and The Garforth and District Lions Firework night during this time. There was so many good people out on Halloween on the Fairburn Estate, so many people decorated their houses and welcomed trick or treaters and all children who came to our spooky house were so polite. All their little cute, scary costumes, especially the young lad dressed in normal clothes wearing just a ducks head; it made me laugh!
Well done to The Lions for putting on yet another spectacular display and well done to the volunteer who kindly moved the 'div' on, from letting off fireworks in the skate park, as they were soon moved on, we and many other families could enjoy the fantastic display. I was laughing when the 'not seen those yellow fireworks before' were let off and seemed to have had a mind of their own almost 3D, a fair few people people were moving, about as they seemed unsure where the fireworks would end up! Sad to hear though, the Lions didn't break even on the amount of donations. I am truly surprised as there were so many people there this year! Dig deep as Santa comes round folks, we need to support these great things that happen.
I had a lovely catch up meeting at Cielo with Sue and Brian from Garforth Plan yesterday. I bet there are a lot of people out there who don’t even know we have a wonderful team of volunteers who look into all the plans in Garforth and try to steer things in the right direction, in order we give Garforth a better outcome and future.
They’re making plans for the next 10 years with changes and impacts we're expecting this will be helpful. They always notify people in what they do, about new plans coming along, they are forever talking to people and carrying out research and creating reports and include people in consultations where needs be. I will be helping you stay informed as they pass details to me about things they are doing and if they need input from business or community. And yes, like many of us, Parking is on the top of their agenda.
A few months ago the team had a post graduate student who had been studying in London and Canada, he was here helping them out and getting some experience of small towns and planning, and he said he thought Garforth had a wonderful high street! It’s always nice to hear the opinion of others who do not know anything about Garforth as I find a lot of times, people who live here only see the negatives.
I see we have a Sue Ryder Charity shop coming along near Lidl, great I say, I’m embracing this one as I do love a good charity shop, I hope it brings some elements of vintage ware too.
What a lovely article about an heroic Garforth Solider (click on link)
If you haven’t yet noticed, please stop for a minute and take a look at the lovely poppy work on St Mary’s Church, it's just beautiful.
This Sunday (Shared from our Local Councillors page)
This Sunday, the 11th of November 2018 at 11am it will be 100 years since the guns of the Great War fell silent.
To mark this event Garforth will be remembering and honouring those lost in conflict as always.
Of course, this year Garforth saw the new outdoor War Memorial being delivered in the municipal part of Garforth Cemetery. It seemed timely therefore to incorporate this into the usual service that takes place in church.
Below outlines the timings for this special service of remembrance.
At 9.30 there will be the Holy Communion service.
At 10.30 a procession will take place from church to the new memorial. People are very welcome to join us from this part of the day.
10.45 The act of remembrance will take place.
Please note this replaces the usual 3pm Remembrance service this year. Future years to be decided.
For those unable to make the walk to the memorial the original roll of honour will be read out in church from 10.45 as well where the act of remembrance will also be observed.
Churches Together deserve our huge thanks for being so accommodating as does our tremendous new vicar at St Mary’s, the Reverend Jane Brown.
Our uniformed organisations, Garforth & District Lions and everyone else will be very, very welcome.
Please use the top car park if you can’t attend by foot as there will be no car access to the municipal cemetery during the service.
Today is World Freedom Day - Be kind to each other, embrace differences, we’re all in it together.
Until next week
An 8 week term has been too long, the #thomboys can't welcome this break quick enough. However, a week is never enough. I wish they had 4 week at Summer and then 2 weeks in February and October. But it's Halloween and its all good, so whatever you do have a great time, if you're able to do so whilst juggling life. The last day of term, I have been with the youngest Thom Boy having a go at Badminton, I great Idea to try a new sport in school and your parents can't take part too; I didn't get too competitive; he is only 8! #fitnessdone
As mentioned briefly last week, Please come along on Monday 19th November at 5.45pm to Garforth Library to our initial discussion about how we can get our Repair Cafe off the ground. We've already had some great ideas come in too.
Loving the video by La Bella Vita released this week, A great reminder of the high quality food we have here in Garforth
Also, check out in and around the rest of Leeds for other things that are going on over the half term , just copy and paste the link.
Half Term Activities in Leeds - https://leeds-list.com/culture/days-out/half-term-activities-in-leeds/
Planning – some good news at last
I received a reply from Nick Borras of Highways
"Many thanks for your email regarding Church Lane, we are indeed looking once again at proposed parking restrictions to address the various ongoing issues.
Last year when we consulted the local residents on our proposals, we received widespread objections and took the decision to abandon the proposals at the time. However, with the issues continuing following discussions with the Ward Councillors we have agreed to revisit Church Lane with a view to hopefully getting a suitable compromise that residents are happy with and that addresses the problems. We are consulting at the present time, so no doubt we will have a better understanding of where we are in a couple of weeks." Fingers crossed it comes soon.
I also see local Councils are being asked to make sure any proposed plans for further Takeout’s on a high street are to be carefully considered, especially if they are close to schools, well I say close, 400 meters! This is what Garforth Plan and I mentioned when in a planning panel meeting for hours, some 18 months ago about yet another takeout gracing our paths, when Dominoes wanted a place. Takeout's are not healthy choices and as Leeds is already in the red zone of unhealthy options and choice of eateries, we certainly didn't need an 11th option of Pizza near our schools. Isn't it funny, people living in a community knowing a lot more than a load of councillors making a decision on a place they visited for an hour! #rantover I will be catching up with Sue McQuire and team from Garforth Plan after the Half Term break for a chat about this and other planning proposals/ideas.
Halloween – Have great fun on Wednesday celebrating what is one of my favourite and fun things to do, but, please remember there are still people out there who don’t always celebrate it. The rule in our house is, if there are no signs of any Halloween decorations. E.g a pumpkin or poster, we don’t knock. There are plenty of people that do and sweets are usually plentiful - Be kind and respectful out there.
I will be back after the half term holidays, in the meantime, Fred is taking over!
Until then, Happy Halloween
Monday started of nicely with a breakfast meeting at Garforth Academy discussing Year 13 pupils (that’s 6th former's to you and me) and their career paths, should they choose Employment, an Apprenticeship or University.
The idea was to talk to local businesses to discuss if we could help in anyway. There are many ways The Academy would like businesses to get involved, from Classroom speakers, Industry Days, Local Area Board Members, Mock Applications. CV Surgeries, Deliver Problem Solving challenges and plenty more that businesses could get involved in, and not having to give a massive amount of time up. I have chosen to look at possible mentoring once a week for an hour and to see if I can help with work experience, I bet I could certainly learn a lot too in the social media world from a younger person’s perspective. So I’ll let you know what happens and when. Giving something to our future generations, if only confidence, can only be a good thing
Tuesday I didn’t feel too well, which took my office to my bed and then to the sofa for a few days; I don’t do ill, I’m not very good at it. I think of all the things I could be doing or things I need to do, and when you’re self-employed you can’t exactly call in sick. By Thursday evening I was feeling a little bit better, and made my way to Garforth Garden Centre’s, Christmas Extravaganza. We have been, as a family for the past few years and it’s now become a bit of a tradition; I also had pain killers on my side. With a mince pie and a cup of mulled wine in my hand, we wondered on up and had a mooch at their Christmas shop,. It’s such a lovely atmosphere. My favourite bit was watching a little old lady dancing with her trolley to the hired singing man, who had a chintzy sparkle in his teeth as he sang Christmas tunes down the microphone. Love a bit of Cheesiness (not sure this is a word.)
Martin Shaw is finally on our books as our new member this week – With 20+ years’ experience in the fitness world, Martin can offer so much, check out all his details and links under our Local Businesses, Keep Me Fit and Healthy and his website http://www.martinshawfitness.com/
In The News
UK Tree of the Year – Could it be Europe Tree of the Year?
So, our local area has been in the regional and national news as well as national newspapers this week, and it’s all about the wonderful story, and tree planted on the way to Aberford, ‘Nellie’s Tree’ also known as the Love Tree to locals. Please read this wonderful, romantic story About Vic and Nellie.
It’s had the most votes any tree has ever had with over 2,000 – so can you help it win, Europe Tree of the year? Please vote before the 24th October so it can, it takes 1 minute to register and vote
⭐️An opportunity to see more info and ask questions about some amazing products and services.
⭐️There will also be some special offers and alternative products from friends of Savings and Scents.
⭐️Maybe a competition or 2!
⭐️Invite your friends and family who you think might like to grab a bargain
I see our local counsellors have been out posting letters to local residents this week about the construction plans of 51 swellings on the vacant land off Kennet Lane..
Read what they have to say (you can expand the text on your device) Or, you could always contact them if you want a hard copy
Mark.Dobson@leeds.gov.uk or Sarah.Field@leeds.gov.uk
SAVE THE DATE - More about this next week
Until next week...... Be kind, no one is better than anyone else - we're all in it together #showracismtheredcard
Congratulations to Princess Eugenie on her nuptial’s to Jack Brooksbank today - I love a good Royal Wedding. It brings smiles, nice outfits and a real sense of pride; maybe that’s just me. I like things that make me smile.
Mental Health Awareness Week
This week it's been about making others aware of Mental Health – It’s good to talk, it’s better to listen. Smile at strangers, hug your friends, you can truly have a great impact on people’s lives when they feel people care. If you also let them know that you are always there when they find things tough, it would be a real support knowing you could help, whether it's a friend, a work colleague or a partner. I find if you don't necessarily worry about things like others do, you find it hard to understand. I worry about very little, I don't get stressed very often and I try to always look at the positives in life, even when there's negativity standing right in front of me; there 1 or 2! So I see myself as lucky and try to give my time to others which in turn makes me understand better.
The Springs open
Listening to Leeds-Live on Facebook Live this week, they interviewed Simon Marshall, Joint chief Executive of Scarborough International Properties, developers of The Springs.
As an independent business supporter, of course I am concerned about the novelty period that usually happens when something new opens and how this short period of interest will affect our town. We don't have a lot of independent retailers in Garforth, we always strive for more, but sadly, without success, as landlords prefer to fill empty premises with chain or franchise companies or duplication's! As The Springs are more about retail, I can’t see it impacted on us too much, it’s mainly our food and drink offerings that may see more of an impact; especially as there seems to be lots of people getting over excited about Nandos, a posh KFC…In my opinion! Let’s hope it doesn’t detract from our wonderful town too much..
In the interview with Simon, he announced a few things. In 2023 we will see the opening of the East Leeds Train Station, which will take 6 minutes to get into Leeds. He has also said, there will soon be an announcement of other retailers coming to fill those empty premises., “Many more to come, in keeping with the quality of what’s already here, and people will be really pleased with what’s coming next; some high quality stores.” “Gino’s opens on the 26th October, rumours Gino will be there to the opening.” The Link Road will open up in December accessing the M1
The Odean Cinema is the biggest one outside of Leicester Square, a 10 screen cinema with reclining seats. Thorpe Park as a whole employees just over four and half thousand people – which is one of the good things it brings as it also brings apprenticeships; let’s hope that most of these are locally sourced.
I am certainly pleased about the Cinema opening, especially for the #Thomboys growing up. I like growth if it works. I suppose it does mean our carbon footprint will bet better as we can get all we need from Garforth and now here at, The Springs..
Ironically this follows - Love our high Street, even in the City
I picked up the Evening Post yesterday; not something I normally do, but yesterday’s article caught my eye - ‘Support your Shops to help our City thrive’
The Stats of businesses is quite shocking, but no surprise that a lot of independents would seriously think of leaving, due to not being able to pay rates and rent that landlords/government don't seem to want to change. Right in the heart of our city it matters too, as many of you will know, we have lots of great independents setting up and it would be great to keep them. As I have little faith in rates changing, I always strive to encourage you to use independents more so that the rates are not so much of a problem for our local businesses. The more we use local the more we can assist in our great local businesses staying. Shop with them all. Having a good balance creates a great high street and choice, just don't forget about the little guys.
Nice to finally hear that Westwood Veterinary practice will move into their new premises this weekend and will open on Monday 15th October – If you don’t know, they are moving into the new building behind The Fly Line - Good luck everyone.
I read there’s an application for two proposed flats to go in the white building in Chapel Close; because we don’t have enough residential buildings in Garforth! It was a shame that the proposed idea of the sophisticated bar idea was knocked back!
I hear there were a few potential buyers also investigating the building of the old hair salon, Te Amo on Fairburn Drive this week, but nothing in planning so far, only local people gossiping about a takeout!
Until next week - Give a friend a hug.................
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?