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.................
The best smile is the one you pass on #worldsmileday
What a night last night, seeing the beautiful Kylie Minogue, pop princess at The First Direct arena, She’s so dinky and lovely, almost perfect. The list of songs she sang spanned over her 30 year career and they were brilliant, I don’t think she has ever done a bad song. There was so much sparkle, glitter and big heels, from men and women; it was maervellous. #camptastic
So The Fly Line opened this week for a hearty pub meal; if you like most things with chips!
A few people have popped in to the lovely welcome, nice decoration and comfort of our 10th pub in town. 10 now on the list, but I suspect this one might not reach the Garforth Gallon as it seems more of a place to pop in for tea or a Sunday lunch.
New member - We will be welcoming the lovely, Marie of Behold Me Aesthetics – Maria is a qualified nurse who still works one day a week in the ITU unit in hospital as well as now setting herself up in Garforth, above Tegan Hair Salon at the top of Town end, Wakefield Road. Her studios are lovely and I am looking forward to showing you them next week when she's all set up on the website. Maria offers non-surgical enhancements and skincare. Have a look at her website www.beholdme.co.uk for more details.
FREE FIRST AID with Tony Clough
Great to hear the free sessions Tony is doing for Paediatric Resuscitation in our local primary's are now under way with this week’s first fully booked session, at Green Lane Primary – We are still waiting for one more school to get back to us and then we can get all schools covered. This training has prompted our local schools to get their AED plans back up and running and pushing for their Defibrillators to be outside school gates, which will mean, you the community will be able to use them too, should the need ever arise.
Going back last year I contacted Nick Borras of LCC Highways about the carnage that is, Church Lane, last year, this is what he had to say,
“We have previously been looking at introducing a mixture of resident permit parking and double yellow lines as part of a Garforth wide traffic regulation order, to regulate the parking along Church Lane, however after fully consulting the residents and formally advertising the draft parking proposals, we received numerous objections. After receiving and considering the various objections, a decision was taken to abandon the proposals for Church Lane, and proceed with implementing the remainder of the area wide scheme.”
On seeing even more traffic issues and over spill from the Doctors and tradesman parking in awkward spots, it’s now causing even more near missus, sharpness of breath and near scrapes and shouts and frustrated drivers. Plenty of people who report the chaos it’s causing have wonderful ideas, as to how we could go about the changes needed on Church Lane, but as above, it needs to be right for all, and I suspect the council have even less money than last year. I have emailed Nick again this week to see if any more ideas have been put forward and just mentioned the 241 houses, many families, more kids and lots more cars on the way; I’ll let you know if I get a reply
Leeds Road - Road Closure - Sunday 7th October
The road will be closed from 9am – 5pm, local access will be maintained at all times. The road will be closed to enable installation of the road crossing. Diversions will be in place for this time.
I will be glad when this week is over, It’s been a very long week, I’ve been out every night except Tuesday evening, some nights of fun, some not so. I’ve come to release I cannot burn the candle at both ends, no matter how much I try. Right I’m now off to Baildon to take band members of Sticks and Stones for yet, another gig. I may fall asleep in a corner, even with their loud tunes.
Until next week.......
So it's national, Ask a stupid question day?
Being blonde, I have asked a fair few in my time, like 'Why is Bill Stickers going to be prosecuted?' true! My friend this morning posted to me, how she asked, "Why do tuna fish like dolphins?" or, same friend asked "If Moses was called Moses because they found him in a moses basket?" I went to school with these people! If you think about it hard enough, you could probably laugh at yourself about a stupid question you have once asked?
Well what a weekend of laughter, as well as a few headaches… dam you Gin.
I went to Ribchester (yes it’s a place) just outside Blackburn and we stayed in a very beautiful holiday home. Witin walking distance we found a very quaint, independent Wine Shed. What a fabulous place it was, a shed full of wine from all over the world, as the weather was so beautifully last Saturday, we sat outside; 10 women in their mid-40’s laughing hysterically with wine….. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but we had wine! It's taken me all week to get over the tiredness.........
Anyway, I was back to it on Tuesday, with meetings and making new connections and discussing ideas for Christmas, yes, there I said it, the C word! But we need to be organised and prepared which then makes it all a little bit easier.
A poster for The Repair Cafe will soon be released in our library and local coffee shops and businesses so you can find out about the day you can come along and offer your skills so we can get this project off the ground, I will of course, be sharing it on our social media pages too. We've already had a few volunteers!
You’re Welcome to stay and watch our Beanie Boppers session then we have Songs and Stories for 0-5yrs. A session where you can grab a tea/coffee or juice and a chat whilst your children have lunch and then sing along and listen to stories and songs.
I can’t believe we will be in October next week. One of my favourite times of the year, HALLOWEEN, I think I have more boxes of decorations for Halloween than I do for Christmas and the #thomboys aren’t really that excited about it as me. I also love the conkers falling and cooler days, and being able to get my socks and boots back on and start to get our house all Hygge. (hoo-gar) Danish for a feeling, all cosy and warm.
I’m off to see Kylie in concert next Thursday – minus wearing the gold hot pants – ye’haa
Have a great weekend, I am out at 450 Pizza tonight, first time and I'm really looking forward to it. #enjoylocal
Until next week....................
Concussion Awareness Day - Well this worries me for my weekend a..head!
Not great to hear on Windy Wednesday, a tree fell, and damaged a few cars in Barley Hill Road Car park. Let's hope they are able to claim for any damage that has been caused.
A busy week in meetings this week
It was good to have a chat with Mark from The Podger, one of our great long standing pubs with long serving Landlords, Mark and Jackie. Mark has mentioned about some great monthly event nights coming, which will take most people’s boxes, depending what type of tunes you like listening too – exciting local events.
A fun meeting with Martin from Martin Shaw Fitness one of our local Personal Training teams. Martin had attended a social marketing course but was still insure about a few things, so a trip down the road with a good cup of coffee and a chat on how best to use it and a bit more understanding.
I had a great meeting with our local south Leeds team and local Garforth Library team this week in relation to the Repair Café we are trying to get off the drawing board and make it happen this year. As mentioned a few blogs back WE NEED YOU. We are wanting skilled people who can help on the odd Saturday throughout the year as we pick one Saturday a month with different themed items to fix, such as clothes, small electrical items, computers.
If you can help, please contact me on Christine@themaindeal.co.uk the things that can come from a repair café have huge benefits. Using lost skills, community cohesion, battling loneliness, upcycling, teaching skills, using our great library for great things.
We welcome James our local joiner/cabinetmaker of J_Mac_Joinery
We welcome Susan Davis, another local Psychic Medium from Beyond Ability
We welcome back, Personal Touch by Rachel, just in time for Christmas
New member joining us next week is Martin Shaw Fitness
It’s always nice to know our current members are happy to carry on with The Main Deal membership after their initial 3 month agreement, as they have had new leads and business
Well that’s me signing off for the weekend as I make my way over to Ribchester on my annual, Mumcation. As we get older, appreciating that we are all still here, healthy and well, it’s this, we should be thankful for.
Until next week ....
Hug your boss day - would you hug yours?
What a lovely week, celebrating birthdays. The Hubby and I celebrate birthdays, 10th and 12th, so, as every year, we go out and celebrate together, so on Saturday, we went into town planning on purchasing some birthday presents; we came back with 4 coasters and a pair of ice bucket tongs! Not very successful on the purchasing front, but the drinks and food went down very well.
From something so frightening, good things can happen.
There has also been some sadness this week, as a little 5 year old boy who attends Ninelands School was given CPR, as far as I know, he is responding well to treatment but it will be a long recovery. I just wish him and his family much love and I hope the children and adults in school are OK too.
This incident has given a lot of thought to parents on how very little they know about basic first aid. A lot of you probably agree, how beneficial it would be if First Aid was taught in secondary school as children become young adults. On the basis that this seems to be a need, I contacted the lovely Tony Clough, our local First Aider who runs many courses here in Garforth. I asked him if we could do something together where he could run a basic first aid course for parents, for a nominal fee and we would help to get as many parents attending a session. Tony was so very moved by the story, he is offering to give a FREE paediatric resuscitation session in each Garforth Primary school. Yes, he’s wonderful.
I’m just in the process of organising and we will soon be in a position to let parents know. This is a great opportunity for local parents to have some knowledge and confidence to help, should an emergency arise. I have also found out today that Ninelands School put a just giving page together to purchase a defibrillator. Over this week, enough money has been raised to buy one! A defibrillator gives such an increased chance of keeping someone alive. After training with the wonderful Tony Clough., let's hope we could encourage that buying one in each school would be a really beneficial.
We welcome our new Member, Sue Carrol a Psychic Medium. Sue runs many events, local and further afield, as far as Spain! Sue is highly recommended. I met Sue this week and she is a very lovely lady, I was just hoping she couldn’t sense anyone behind me! I sat on the fence a little with regards to adding a business like Sue's, how would people react to something so different. But after much research and chatting, Sue is offering a service that you choose whether to go or not and Sue will only give personal readings to the same person every 6 months. She has been in this job for a long time and is fully insured as like any other business, Sue goes about her business ethically and safely. She holds regular events at The Gaping Goose and The New Travellers Rest in Crossgates as well as offering personal readings. Have a look at her website and you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram– all her links are under here https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/unique-businesses-on-our-doorstep.html
Next week is my annual Mumcation weekend. 9 school friends and I go away every year for a catch up, a dance, a walk and a rest, a drink or 3 and we laugh from the time we arrive until the time we leave. I implore you to do this with your friends, whether male or female, just pick a weekend a year in advance and pay one person (organiser) a small amount every month – I couldn’t live without this weekend away. It’s something to look forward to, it’s the best thing for mind, body and soul and you have to detox for the following week , What’s not to love?
Have a great weekend and enjoy local, whether it’s quick coffee, a bite to eat or a purchase of a new bed.
Oh no, Burt Reynolds has died! Cannon Ball Run will forever been one of my childhood memories – RIP dude, and what a dude he was. #sadface
On a happier note! Welcome back Garforth, where did the time go? I think that has been the quickest summer break, ever! Kids are back at school and we'll soon start hearing their repetitive tones of Harvest festival songs, it is fun to see the obligatory September pictures of parents showing off their cute, and funny pictures of their loved one’s in their new school uniform; maybe it’s just me that laughs #badparent
So what have you all been up to? If you were lucky enough to go on holiday, I hope you had the best of times, I hope you were able to switch off and spend much needed time with friends and family, or if it was just a break doing things together at home, it's about who you're with and not necessarily where you go.
We had fun glamping in a Yurt for 3 nights in, The Cotswolds followed by a lodge in Somerset for 7 nights, the UK is quite lovely when you find good places. It was our first time glamping trip and I would highly recommend it, I’m getting a bit too old to lie on a blow up bed and have a cold face in the morning, so it’s glamping from now on in; it has to be said though, I didn’t really miss the sawdust loo when we left, but I did missed the night skies. Being in the middle of a forest, with clear skies and no city interference, night skies are magnificent. The #Thomboys were in their element breaking wood for the fire to cook our beef and bean chilli; Blazing Saddles style!
We equally loved Somerset, but mainly the cheese and the the Gorge.... fabulous place
As well as a local Author, Darren Walker, who has just had has his book published today, we may also be looking at a pilot to be released on the BBC based in Garforth, by a Garforth actor now living in London. If I hear anymore I will let you know, and he may be using local actress' too!
We certainly do have some very talented people in Garforth, amongst them, are a fair few local artists, some I have worked with and some I have bought Art from. I am currently having a picture commissioned by Bren Nevison which will go up in my front room. Bren is very good and his Artwork has a twist of humour which I really like, check out his page and I will post his completed piece, once I have it up in my living room. https://www.facebook.com/brennevisonart/
Talking of Artwork, I am currently having some large banners created, to go up and around Garforth, just for those who don’t know who we are and, for a reminder for those who may have forgotten to keep following – Look out for them and smile.
It's all go
We have seen a fair few changes over the summer breal, The Fly Line advertised for jobs, and they now have their team in training, I hope a lot of people are local people. They have also announced their opening for the 1st October. I see in planning an application for an Orthodontist to move into Stephen Pressleys premises is in, initially people seemed excited as it's seems to be a need for many, however I'm hearing on the grapevine it may NOT be NHS, so as I see it, a waste of time on Main Street, put it somewhere else please. But as I know landlords can be fairly money driven over better placed businesses such as much needed retail or options I have passed on for other independent companies to go in (which there are and people waiting) they feel a fourth dentist practise would be better! #notahappybunny
The Car Park at the top of Main Street is still going ahead, there are some things slowing the process, but it is all happening, and when it does, we'll hopefully see an ease in congestion on Main Street. I also see the tiny houses on Ninelands Lane are shooting up, I’m glad to see solar panels being embedded into the tiled roofs, I hope they will all be the same throughout.
Onwards and Upwards
I had a great catchup with Matt from www.ls25webdesign.co.uk yesterday, we have worked together for as long as The Main Deal was an idea. We have some plans coming up,. One which see will see a page dedicated to local recruitment. I want to help get local people get into local jobs. There are so many benefits of doing so, I’ve had a few success this year with sharing all I have seen through large recruitment agencies, so we are going to look at making this more of working page to help and let you see what’s about. The Main Deal is such a great platform for many things and I want to be able to connect better by offering more of what can help. So keep your eye out over the next couple of months.
You may remember the information I put up a few blogs back about getting involved in a repair cafe? I have a meeting with a lady who knows more about we can implement this and get it off the ground, however, I still need volunteers of people who would like or help and get involved in helping this become a reality, so please do contact me on email email@example.com or pass onto someone you think will benefit from coming along and giving their skills and knowledge to others.
I hope you have enjoyed the blog being back and your Friday read and a cuppa are reunited.
Smile at others, it's starts a trend
Until next week....................
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?