A lovely start to the morning, trying my hand at Archery with my #thomboy at school. I knew 3 out of the 4 people who run the local bowman’s club too, my son asked if there was anybody I didn’t know in Garforth! It was such good fun, and if you didn’t know, we do have a local club in Garforth for kids and adults – have a look http://www.bowmen-of-leeds.co.uk/index.php
Last Friday, had a wonderful evening catch up with my old work colleagues – some I hadn’t seen for quite some time. My old boss was so excited to hear all about The Main Deal, and he said, this was definitely up my street and agreed I was terrible at being managed! I always wanted to do more than what could be done and always wanted to go against the grain. I don’t like the word no and I don’t like to be told what I can and can’t do. I know, it has its strengths and weaknesses!
I had a first meeting with Garforth Town Team this week, lots of great people from our local traders both independent and larger companies, we now need to assign roles and tasks. I have volunteered to take on, the task of lowering emissions, helping our environment and reducing plastic waste. As I have already been making connections on these matters, I thought it would be a good idea to take more of a grasp of it. Since then I have been speaking to our primary schools about the possibility of working together on a lowering emission project, such as asking parents to turn off their engines when dropping and picking up their children – it’s a start. I have lot of ideas which can work off the back of the Repair Cafe project
A few months ago you would have read about the Repair Café; no it’s not gone away, I’m still working hard on it, but as mentioned, with me wanting to hold it in the library, there is a bit of red tape, frustrating as it may be, if I am able to pull this off in our library, I'm hoping it can be rolled out across other libraries in our city! We now have 6 volunteers/fixers – so if you feel you have some skills that can help and be shown to teach others whilst making something work again, get in touch email@example.com – it will only be 1 Saturday every other month for 3-4 hours! Not much time required at all and your input could be so great.
I have another great meeting on Monday – reusable news…. I may be able to tell you more next week #waronplastics
If you follow on social media, you will have seen my ugly mug along with some of my beautiful team who work on Garforth Feastival, volunteers, giving their time to bring Garforth another fantastic street fun. As there are only 6 of us, we are wanting help from you the community on Friday the 12th July and Saturday 13th July to erect and take down stalls – we have a special trailer which will really help this year, but we would love some more volunteers to give us a hand – every little helps! If you can help, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on our FB page.
Do you miss Strawberry picking at Breck’s Farm? Do you know the nearest place is, Berts Barrow in Hillam, they are no open all weekend for Strawberry picking – we got some lovely ones last year - https://www.facebook.com/BertsBarrow/
So great to see that our new Cocktail lounge has got full planning permission – here’s to enjoying local with a drink or two - check out these guys as they are at Leeds Food Festival this weekend.
Some of you may have received a letter in the post form LCC regarding the local SAP's inspectors reports (Site Allocation Plan) if you did, here is a further report that's now available online https://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=191763 - some interesting reading!
3 more weeks until the summer holidays – I cannot wait for my children to be at home, I love the summer holidays, I love the WE time.
Until next week. Smile, the sun is out
Where you able to take your Dog to work today? Is this something your workplace would allow? I was on dog sitting duty this week, whilst my brother went away #lanathelab she's a very cute labrador, but boy hard work, my brother kindly forget to tell me her first morning movement would be at 1.00AM, oh, and she can't walk on a lead! My brother has tetraplegia so takes the dog in the car and lets her off in a field - great for the dog, but not for the person taking care of them for a week!
I had ‘ladies what lunch’ this week with a few of Garforth’s Ladies in business. We discussed some great ideas about a potential Christmas, people in business charity event…. We had lots of great food at Pride and Produce and lots of discussion about how we can go about helping local charities – it’s amazing how many people we all know between us – now let’s get that Trello board organised
I’ve been having lots of great conversations with some great local people who want to set up in Garforth with their new business Ideas, and as they’re independent, keen and wanting to bring their ideas and passions into Garforth, I’m all over it, helping out where I can. Having the knowledge, I have built over the past 6 years, I can easily find out and be efficient saving people time and putting them i touch with some great people.
FEASTIVAL - its nearly upon us, look out for the The Very Hungry Caterpillar story across our schools over the next coming weeks, leading up to our event on the 13th July – Get it in your diary, and then the week after follows Gfest – Garforth, what a great place to live
Congratulations to all the school leavers, enjoy your Prom tonight. Parents, if you’re wanting to stay close by, here’s what's on locally, tonight!
What’s on? - ENJOY LOCAL TONIGHT
Wetherspoons requested this extension to their premises
Variation of conditions 4 (use of beer garden) and 8 (hours of delivery and refuse collection) of approval 15/02492/FU to extend the use of the front beer garden by 2 hours to 00.00hrs on any day and to allow deliveries to commence from 0700 hrs Monday to Fridays (no change to other days) . The proposed extension of delivery hours earlier in the morning and increased hours of opening for the beer garden into the late evening is likely to result in additional activity, noise and disturbance in and around the site at a time when neighbouring residents can reasonably expect a greater degree of protection from such impacts
‘Rumour’ has it that the old Reeds Rains premises is to be a high end Estate Agent; I’ve not found any evidence of this yet, so it may, or may not be true. Nothing is moving in there and I have my spies out in force. I’ll keep you posted04
I’m off out on a work reunion this evening, with all the blokes I used to work with at Chubb Insurance, I haven’t seen some of them in nearly 14 years, I’m so looking forward to a good catch up, good wine and nice food
More news –
We will be getting a new addition to The Main Deal in August – watch this space
Weekend weather looks better too – humid and muggy and a few thunder storms next week, but its better than rain!
Until next week
After watching War on Plastic’s this week, it has got me, full steam ahead to get our businesses thinking more about it too, so I have been talking to a few of our local businesses this week, about how we can reduce plastics in the high street, some are keen to go along with some of my ideas, for example, taking our own tubs to put meat produce in; if supermarkets are doing it, so can we! I will let you know when this can be confirmed. I believe a few people have already been taking their tubs into Firths Butchers and they have welcomed it.
Sometimes it’s just simple changes we can make to reduce our single use plastic – change to using our local milkman, Gary Ingham who offers free range milk – glass bottled and not plastic – order just what you need so you’re not throwing milk away – Want his details? Gary Ingham call 07528 691 294 or email email@example.com - Gary has been in the industry for over 25 years and is delighted to be able to offer free range milk. – We have been buying it for years and I can honestly say, it’s really, really nice
I have also been speaking to a 'potential' new biz - if it comes off, it will be brilliant when it comes to saving on plastic waste! #watchthisspace for further news - meeting happening soon
Make small changes as it all helps
Proud to announce
Sticks and Stones – our local band have today released 4 songs online – you can listen and download them on ITunes, Spotify and Amazon Music
It’s so great that in April these young lads of 13/14 where able to raise money on a just giving page, got into a professional studio and recorded 4 of their own original songs, and now they have them online playing #proudparent #proudboys teenagers can be great people
What’s on – Don’t let the rain put you off enjoying local - it’s easier to get home
I put a post out this week about how I am trying to influence what comes to our town to make Garforth a place people want to be. If something comes in planning and I believe it will work, I will whole heartily support and push for it to happen; here’s why
I am just waiting to hear from the owners of the new proposed cocktail bar for 40 Main Street. I am very much behind this idea, and these are the reasons why;
More good news in planning and as a franchise, I will be backing – Agents for Clip and Climb have put in a planning application, to go into the empty premises near Homebase, this, I think would work really well here in Garforth and something fun and leisure that we've all been screaming for. I have sent an email to the agent in support and will be adding it to planning too.
I have been talking to Jo at the Station House Café too this afternoon –oooooo now this is going to be good – keep following for more good news. Don't forge the super delicious menu in the day, great for a friends get together with a Prosecco perhaps!
Have the best weekend and may the RAIN JUST STOP ALREADY
Until next week
I love fish and chips, as a lass from the north west I was grateful that soon after we moved here (1998) it wasn't long before they introduced gravy! Where are you getting your's tonight, which is your favourite local, chippy?
Well, we're truly back from holidays, it only takes a couple of days back to work and school before you feel you haven't been away; don't start me moaning about the amount of washing! We went to Mayrhofen in Austria, where we had all 4 seasons over 11 days. Apparently, the Austrians said summer was delayed…. From snow to rain, from rain to 29 degrees heat. Lots of activities, cycling, climbing, walking, swimming…... and schnitziling
Austria is beautiful as are the people, well mostly, the women seem to be more fun, the male population seemed so serious, which is never good for me; they didn’t even laugh when I was outside a souvenir shop trying on a cap with a mullet attached!
Thank you to Natalie, our local Travel Counsellor for sorting it all out, she got it so right on every aspect of the holiday and we will be booking with her again –
Ask her to book yours: - https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/natalie.varley
We will soon be adding Garforth WI as one of our new members – You can then find out more about what the Garforth branch do and how you can join in too.
The release date of Few Gifts launch night has now been posted – Friday 14th June from 6-9pm – They will be such an asset to Garforth. A place to buy unique gifts as well as it being a hub for art, crafts, activities and classes – lots of ideas and plans being sorted for the next year – give them a follow on social media https://www.facebook.com/FEWGiftsGarforth/
If you have ever visited Robin Hood’s Bay, you will have seen they have a shop there too
DO YOU HAVE BAD BREATH?
Quick test - Lick the inside of your wrist and sniff, if the smell is bad then it probably means you have bad breath…
What causes bad breath?
Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth, gums and tongue. Also, bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue will rot and can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. Strong foods like garlic, coffee and onions can add to the problem.
Bad breath can also be caused by some medical problems, such as dry mouth. Dry Mouth is a condition that means your mouth produces less saliva. This causes bacteria to build up in your mouth and this leads to bad breath.
Can smoking cause bad breath?
Yes. The only answer in this case is to stop smoking. As well as making your breath smell, smoking causes staining, loss of taste and irritates the gums. However, if stopping isn’t available to you at the moment, then your hygienist can be there to help you maintain your mouth and its freshness.
What should you do?
To keep your breath fresh, you must get rid of any gum disease and keep your mouth clean and fresh.
Brush your teeth and gums last thing at night and at least one other time during the day.
Don't forget to brush your tongue as well, or use a tongue scraper.
Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend. However you can have your teeth and gums cleaned more frequently should you feel it’s required.
Clean in between your teeth with ‘interdental' brushes or floss at least once a day - brushing alone only cleans up to about 60% of the surface of your teeth. There are other products you can buy to clean between your teeth.
What shouldn’t you do?
Ignore the problem. Much better to book an appointment with your hygienist so that they can help you feel more confident when up and close with other people.
Disguise your bad breath with a mouthwash without getting to the bottom of why it’s there in the first place.
How can your hygienist help?
If you do have bad breath, you will need to start a routine for keeping your mouth clean and fresh. Regular check-ups will allow your hygienist to watch out for any places where plaque is caught between your teeth. They will be able to show you the best way to clean your teeth and gums, and show you any areas you may be missing.
Thank you to our wonderful guest blogger over the past three weeks, it's been great to have advice and information from one of our local businesses and to be able to use our platform to share it with you - if you would like to be a guest blogger for three weeks - contact me firstname.lastname@example.org - you don't have to be a small business to share your thoughts or advice.
Friday nights just got better
I had mentioned a few blogs ago that we were getting another chain business here in Garforth – not overly happy that it’s Screwfix Direct – as again, it put’s pressure on our local independents who have already had a downturn due to Home Bargains. The only positive is local jobs – so in order you can get them, apply for the retail supervisor role they currently have advertised https;//jobs.screwfix.com search under Garforth
We are still waiting for the decision to be made on a great new cocktail bar – information should be in soon
It has been good to read from our local counsellors page that the plans for 51 Redrow homes to be built on Kennet Lane has been withdrawn
Until next week.....
Our second blog
Recent data shows that over 140 children per day, some just one year old, are having decayed teeth removed.
Good dental health habits can be formed by taking a child to the dentist from an early age.
The Dental Check Up By 1 campaign encourages just that by booking your child’s first appointment by their first birthday.
Why by the age of one?
The advice from Public Health England is that your child should see a dentist from six months because that’s when the first teeth usually come through. By the age of one, we should be seeing most of your baby’s front teeth.
What can the dental professional do at such a young age?
This first appointment is a chance to meet the team who will potentially be looking after your child’s teeth from now on. Your child may feel confident enough to allow a look inside the mouth, but not to worry if that isn’t the case. All children are different and at Enhance Dental we believe it can still be a positive just coming for a few minutes and soaking up the environment. Also, don’t worry if there are any tears or your child’s asleep when they come – we’ve seen it all. So that aside, this visit is also an opportunity to chat about brushing, food and drink.
What happens if we don’t manage a look?
Sometimes this happens at this first visit and sometimes it happens at the next few visits. All we can say is – don’t worry- it happens. Then, one day, complete cooperation. They don’t want to leave!
Why not book your child in to see your dentist. Even if your child is older than one, regular visits to your dentist are key to developing habits that lead to a lifetime of good oral health.
Great information from our Guest Blogger, Enhance Dental, we look forward to receiving their third and final blog when we return on Friday 7th June and we'll have a news of Few Gifts Launch -
What I wouldn't give for some bread or cake right now! I have been 'doing' a Keto for the past 8 weeks, which means very low carbs, and no sugar.......I've not had Dumouchel bread for all this time, it's starting to make me twitch! I'm wondering whether I can give Thierry a challenge and get him to make some low carb bread... or just make it myself! I am please with the benefits it has given me have; even if my other half is ahead of me by miles.... taking each day and exercising when I can, is all helping. I don't like the word diet, I like changing habits. It's all going in the right direction... my wrists look amazing!
I've had some great meetings this week. I received my holiday tickets from the lovely Natalie, our local travel counsellor. I had an introductory meeting with one of our local accountant, Cutler & Co. I also went to a lovely little independent ladies clothes shop in Swillington, called Style Attic, a lovely little boutique, something different, definitely worth a visit. It's just on the parade of shops where the launderette has been for many years. I also had a lovely meeting with another new independent coming to Garforth, let's get it all through planning first and then we can shout #charcuterie #watchthisspace
Could This Be A Good Time To Invest In Your Smile?
13 May – 13 June 2019 is National Smile Month - A charity campaign which is dedicated to improving oral health and promoting the importance of a healthy mouth.
So, was there ever a better time for you and your family to embrace the scheme’s three key messages?
Why oral health matters
We all probably know what we should be doing, but research has shown other benefits of good oral health that you might not be aware of:
A healthier life…… The mouth is the window to the body, so having good oral health can lower the risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, dementia and problems during pregnancy.
A longer life……Those who have a full set of teeth at 74 years old are significantly more likely to reach 100.
A happier life….. A healthy mouth doesn’t only have physical benefits. It also improves our outlook on life. A positive influence on our confidence, relationships and careers - a healthy smile that you’re proud of.
For those of you behind with check-ups or looking to improve your smile?
Well make today the day to contact your friendly dental practice. Whether it be getting back into the habit of the routine check- up, seeing your hygienist or improving your smile with cosmetic treatment like whitening and teeth straightening.
‘A Smile is Happiness You’ll Find Right Under Your Nose’
Lots of Gin events coming up, in and around the area – so follow our Events page on Facebook to find out about them and a lot more things going on locally https://www.facebook.com/themaindeal/ in the next couple of weeks!
So Emsley’s old premises, next to the Good Food store, will be getting a traditional sweet shop! I hope it works well in this little spot. Something new and different too. I’m hoping it has an old fashioned feel, with bags and quarters… something traditional will go a long way.
Reed Rains old premises is also underway for change, as it puts up the 'under offer' sign this week, as the price tag for it’s yearly rent is high, I’m just hoping it’s not a franchise or a chain; unless something different, we don't have already!
So as of last week, we are excited to announce the new independent company coming into Garforth, I’m keeping the premises quiet for a little while longer - but you can follow them and see what they will have to offer https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/items-i-need.html #Fewgifts
This is me signing off until Friday 7th June – I’m off to a country where the hills are alive with the sound of music ; )
Until then, enjoy the spring break, the lovely weather is back again next week, fingers crossed!
I think we should have a 4 day week every month, i'm starting to get used to them!
I’m not sure what’s been more in the news this week, baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor or Liverpool FC’s 4-0 win - whatever the news, good news is always something we should celebrate, the things that make us smile, cheer, and talk about; but just so you know, just because I was born on the Wirral, I didn’t come out of the womb wearing red or blue….. Is Ian Rush still playing? #clueless
Well last Friday’s TDY looked amazing; as I watched on twitter from the comfort of an A&E Chair in Pontefract….. it really wasn’t planned that way! If you have boys, you will understand they are built to scare the living day lights out of you, let’s just say, youngest #thomboy had an argument with a lunch trolley, luckily, nothing broken #thankthelord but it meant, we missed all of TDY and we just about scraped through the roads closing in Pontefract! I hope one day we will get it back again. Just a pity the important bits coming through Kippax and Garforth were not shown on ITV4…. Oops!
A great local business raffle
The Garforth Feastival Team, have come up with a great local business raffle, it will help with our campaign to use less plastics this year and you, as a business are in with a chance of having your company logo on hundreds of tote bags – HOW TO:
Numbers currently available are on our FB page - https://www.facebook.com/Garfeast/
You may have read in other blogs, my enthusiasm for Garforth premises and trying to get someone in one, I have been trying to get an independent business in to sell great things and do great things, and over the past 18 months, we’ve been so close, and then the premises have either been taken by someone else or they just haven’t been quite right, But now I can happily say, we have found somewhere, for something new, and something we don’t have and of course, independent – more news and a launch will happen in June #watchthisspace #happyskip
Not such great news
On the downside, we may also see another large chain store moving in to work with another already existing chain store. Details not out in the open yet, as soon as they are, I will be sharing and my eyes will rolling to the ceiling - the balance is tipping to much to the chains!
My annual membership is just for renewal, for my Garforth in Bloom tub, it only costs be £40 a year – have a look and see how you can, 'Brighten our community' too. You don’t have to be a business, you can also be a Friend of Garforth in Bloom for just £5 a year – every little helps http://www.garforthinbloom.org.uk/
Have you been watching?
The fabulous series, Dementia Choir on BBC with Vicky McClure (not H from Line of Duty) you will see the great impact it is having on people with early, onset dementia as well as people who have been suffering for many years, it’s a very heart warming, sad but joyful programme to watch – it proves in so many ways how singing can help, with confidence, concentration, happiness and overall a really feel good place people want to be. If it’s something you’re interested in or know of someone, please look into our local choir, they are such a lovely family and welcome ALL people with open arms
https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/garforth-community-choir.html - find out more here
Not a lot on this week….
Next Saturday at Green Lane Primary Academy, Ribblesdale Avenue - everyone in our community is welcome
Garforth West Service Station Selby Road Garforth LS25 1LP - some alterations including extension, new shop front and four new parking bays - Bigger and better?
The sun is due to show it's face next week, if only fleetingly.
Until next week...
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?