+Will this year slow down already! I know I was moaning earlier in the year that January needed to go quickly, but we're nearly in April! We're flying through the first part of the year and every Friday comes round so quickly; as does Sunday! It appears we're not getting a winter either, I have only had my bobble hat out on a few outings; or am I going to speak too soon.....
It's been a week of juggling again with Mother still in hospital and our car needing a recall. As the car recall was going to take 4+ hours, I decided to pop across town, visit poor Mum and have lunch thereafter and do some work . I also had a bit of a mooch in some of the shops, not my favourite past time, I much prefer to go into town to eat and drink.
What I find is, chain stores really need to up their game on customer service, experience and environment. We are seeing a worrying decline in our cities high streets, especially with the big department stores, shops need customers who want to return. John Lewis seem to be going in the right way, but other larger stores need to jump on this fast train of change and quickly.
I stopped in a well known shop to buy Thomboy a shirt, I was stood waiting in a queue for nearly 15 minutes. I was just about to put my items down and walk out, when a Customer Service Assistant begrudgingly came behind another till to help out her colleague, who was up to her eyes in bags, hangers and other peoples clothes. It seemed a hardship for this lady to scan my items, and by the way, there was no apology for my wait. After she huffed and puffed all my items into my bag - I just said, in a quiet, polite voice, 'good customer service sees returning customers, shop stays open, your job stays safe' I smiled and walked away telling her to have a beautiful day. Not sure how well it went down and I expect, there were words in blue air, but please, no matter how much you may dislike customers, if you're in a customer service role, be good at it, it goes a long way to making people like me want to return.
For this years, Garforth Feastival, we have a few new ideas. This year as we are trying to minimise the amount of plastics we are using, so the team have created this fabulous, Sponsor a Bag, raffle - you can have your company logo on our Feastival bags. See how it all works and how you too could be helping in more ways than one.
One for your diaries - Green Lane Primary, PTA Group, FOGL have organised a spring fete for a Saturday this year and everyone is welcome. 18th May 2019
I hope you all have a good week, the last one before the next school break. I like this one, two weeks is much better than one. It gives our children time to relax have some, fun and spend quality time with family.... and it allows me time off from making packed lunches....yippee
Until next week - Do this when car's let you out - it's kind, it's nice and you're showing good manners
Happy Red Nose Day, I hope you have had fun dressing your little ones in something red for school, or have you been to work with a big red nose today? I was contemplating sitting in the office with one, but there's no-one to show, and as much as I like being silly, this would be a step too far, even for me!
I'm yet to ever say, it's been a quiet week, I don't think anyone has a quiet week. I have been back and forth to the hospital this week, my Mum got rushed in early hours Monday morning with what now appears to be, Gastroenteritis. It's not nice seeing your little old (ish) mum being sick every 15 minutes and feeling a bit helpless, luckily we have wonderful hospitals, with wonderful staff who are starting to make her feel much better.
Autism Friendly Garforth - Shouting all Garforth Traders
We are now in a position to offer training to any of our Garforth local traders, Training will take place on Tuesday's and Thursday's between 28th May and 20th June at Cielo from 5.30pm - This is a free training session to make our town, Autism Friendly
Helen from The Jigsaw Tree, explains all.......
Hello, I’m Helen, from the Jigsaw Tree, which is a community group based in Garforth. We support families of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. The group was established in 2013 and now supports upward of 250 families in the Garforth, Leeds and the surrounding areas.
One of our aims is to raise autism awareness and acceptance in the local community. With help from the Tesco ‘Groundwork’ scheme, we are in a position to offer autism awareness training to customer facing businesses in Garforth (two members of staff per business).
We hope this will benefit you in three ways:
Firstly, the training is free of charge. I have been delivering autism training for a number of years to a wide variety of companies, which has always been very well received. The training will help businesses to understand what autism is, how it can affect people (especially in relation to your type of business) and how to make small, easy & free adjustments to accommodate someone with autism.
“Great to understand the ways our shop might affect autistic people – not struggling much myself, it was so easy to judge before. Now I will be much more mindful and know how to help!”
“A very insightful & human description of autism and the issues involved”
Secondly, having an autism-friendly Garforth will make visiting local business both more accessible and a more positive experience for the families we support. Many of our families only shop online due to difficulties with going to shops or the lack of understanding from people around them, but they would also like to support local business. Training for and resulting understanding from staff will help to increase custom as people with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their families will feel more confident to explore their local community. Word soon spreads about positive experiences and more of the wider autism community will hopefully start to bring their custom to Garforth.
Thirdly, we will be promoting local business who attend the training in our social media and in association with Tesco Groundwork.
The free autism awareness training will be offered in the following categories and will be held in Cielo 17:30 – 19:00 on Tuesdays & Thursdays between May 28th & June 20th 2019
On completion of the autism awareness course, we will provide:
A certificate of completion for attendees
Materials to display to indicate that the business is ‘Autism Aware’.
Information on autism awareness to cascade to other staff members.
To register your interest in attending the training, please click on the button 'Book here'. We very much hope you will take advantage of this free training. See you there!
Kindest regards, Helen
Heard from Caddock Construction this week. They are so pleased to announce that 96% of their units on the Lidl complex have been filled in under a year. So I question, besides what we know already, who else is planning on moving in? So they kindly informed me that Gregg's has put an offer in ! Read on
I just want to shout so loudly, 1. why do need another Gregg's, 2. Those units were never really intended for independents, as they're too big and too expensive. Ideal for the Vet's but not much else could go in there and if they decided to put the offer in for the whole unit, will this mean a cafe? I have aired my views to the powers that be, but not sure what can be done - this whole complex has created a destination and we saw Main Street have it's quietest February in a long time - I wonder why!
Thought for the weekend - please don't forget about the small guys, because without a good High Street, it will effect your house price! We need to get the balance right and we're slowly tipping too far to the chains, we surely don't want to be like every other town?
Until next week - A special thanks to Garforth in Bloom for making Garforth look so darn pretty
What a great day to celebrate, all women and how we should lift others up, whether in business or friendship. Until this job I have always been in a predominately male environment, being from and IT background, it was mostly dominated by a heavier male population; but it is changing and we are seeing more women in top jobs in the IT sector, it’s great to see and hear.
I have always wanted to work for myself, I decided long ago I was no good at being managed, by male or female. I’m not one for sitting back and letting things happen or not giving things a go again, because they failed before. I like to try and change things for the better, I’m not good with policies and I like to bend the rules. Hence why The Main Deal works for me in so many ways. However, I have had to prove in many ways, what I’m doing is good, right and helpful and not always to the male business owners either, unfortunately we still have some women in business who also need to change their mindset. Move on, move forward, move up.
It’s not about what you look like, it’s about what you do. I’m not here to look pretty on social media, I’m here to make changes and show everyone in a good light.
As a woman, working many hours, and bringing up a family, married with a hardworking husband who has a very stressful job, life is all about juggling, managing and being super organised.
An average woman's week
Wake up, shower, put your face on, clothes on, get kids organised, make breakfast, pack lunch in bag, sign school books, rush out, rush back, coffee on, work, attend meetings, eat if you can, fit in an exercise class, back for a snack, work, pick up child from school, after school activities, drive as though you’re a taxi, prepare dinner, GIN, do reading and homework, put out dinner, clean away table, make packed lunches, (fit the loo and breath in somewhere) shopping, GIN, put washing in, hang washing up clean, iron, put ironed clothes away, work on new projects, more meetings, several hundred emails to reply to, receiving hundreds of notes from school and dealing with them, GIN, paying for school things, sorting out the finances, bills, keeping on top of budgets, putting the bins out, bringing the bins in, spend time with the people you love, exercise class, dealing with elderly parents, GIN more meetings, report writing, holiday booking, working out what we’re doing this weekend, GIN, organise builders to come round and look at things that need fixing, run round everywhere, fit in a car wash because your children have trashed it, spend time with the people you love……and sleep! Well that's been my week, this week
#womanpower or do we need to Better the balance?
I did a small Facebook poll this week, and asked what service you would like to see in Garforth
Number, 2 was more popular… What would be the thing you would like to see most, and why?
Let me know Christine@themaindeal.co.uk
The Repair café is slow…ly happening, still got big fingers crossed, but as always, there is a bit of red tape holding us back. I have a meeting with the lovely people of Garforth and Kippax District U3A group next month so will hopefully be able to get some more interest and help thereafter
FYI Road Closures you may be affected by:
M1 J46N exit slip 5th/6th/11th March
A63 Leeds bound from Holiday Inn R/about 5th/6th/11th March
J46/A63 (A6120) R/about (possibly A63 Selby bound) 4th / 7th / 8th March
Uncertain of times but poss 20:00 - 06:00
I would like to make you aware of essential Yorkshire Water works that will take place on the night of 12/03/2019, 19.00 to 13/03/2019, 07.00. This is at the junction of Aberford Road, Main Street, Wakefield & Barwick Road. Temporary multi way lights will be in use during the works and removed as soon as completed.
Until next week ...... celebrate all women
I know, I know, he's not the welsh one, but better looking! Welcome March and a happy day to all Davids!
We’ve already had a taste of spring with a wonderful half term of sunshine, as much as it’s nice to have sun on your face and an ice cream in February, it is also a little worrying to learn that we had the hottest day in February, ever recorded. it’s our generation that can make the good changes, now.
I feel like I have been to 100 meetings this week - it's catch up time for having half term off.
From Parents evening, new members, potential new members, ideas and project meetings and current projects, and a little time to myself this week; I took my face to Jo Baker and had a facial – she works wonders and I always feel really de-stressed afterwards. I’m not sure if it’s the facial or the constant laughing we do, either way, it was good to have some me time.
Best Western Plus, Milford Hotel with the lovely Ammie. Ammie wants to work more with our community. We were having lots of ideas about local businesses, seeing if local business could help them too, cross marketing ideas, and how we would also love them to come to the Feastival this year as they make their own ice cream. So watch this space.
Meeting with Jo Baranelli from Station House Cafe and a very interesting and cool character, Simon Fogle (no he’s not Ben’s brother) he is a very cool guy who I could have spoken to all day. Simon runs a company called Chapter 81 in Leeds, he arranges food festivals in lots of areas across West Yorkshire. We wanted to pick his brains about the possibilities of an international food festival here in Garforth – now this is definitely a space you want to watch
Helen Cooper from Tropic came round for a brew too, talking more about her full time role as a Tropic Ambassador in our area and how she wants to grow this into a super business and helping other local people to grow her team – we should have more news on this soon.
I was back with Augustus Court this week, as they have a management turn around it was good to find out what has been going on and how can I help get the positive and the good out there about this wonderful care home we have on our doorstep. They have recently just undergone their annual CQC test (a it like having OFSTED in) and they came out as a ‘good’ care home. It is also nice to see and hear they are working even more on the well-being of their residents, not only activities and physical aspects but also healthy minds. They do so much in the care home already, but we want to engage the community into the home more, so we will soon be able to share those plans very soon, so watch this space. The door is always open at Augustus Care Home, just go in and they will be very helpful to tend to your needs, even if you just want to look around
Andy from AJT Heating and Plumping will soon be joining us as a new member, it was lovely to meet him in Cielo this week and it will be great to be able to recommend a safe Gas and heating engineer, which is what people ask me a lot about and up until now, I haven’t had anyone to recommend. Details following soon on Andy and all the aspects to his local company.
Another Feastival meeting - food and drinks at this one, always a plus. The Feastival page now has an Instagram page, under gcfeastival go find and follow and keep updated with our daily news and updates on stalls and great things happening in the lead up to the 13th July. This year we are doing our best to be plastic free on all stalls.
I met the lovely, Julia Cranston and her Cakes and bakes, who just by chance had some wonderful cakes she had baked when I had arrived, her house smelt amazing and well, the picture sells it all. Julia makes Gluten Free cakes and bakes as well as vegan cakes too check out her page on my link, Food to buy and take away.
I always find it funny, when people ask if The Main Deal is my full time job! I would love to say I could do this part time, but there is no chance when there is so much potential of great things happening out there for our community.
Well the voting is over for the Yorkshire Choice Awards, thank you so very much for all of you who have voted for my two awards, fingers crossed for the 6th April when I will find out if I'm a deserving winner – Need a posh frock now!
A quick sale from Hot Eatz and Kool Treatz, to Garforth Spice! Only saw them putting signs up the other day so not fully sure what's on offer yet!
Two new road signs no up on the Redrow Estate, I remember one being Skipton Lane - I wonder how long it will take for people to moan on other pages how it's not garforth related ! #youknowhowpeopleare
I see there had been letters posted through some doors; I guess to the properties that maybe affected, Re; Plans for a campsite on the land at Cliff Top Park, Garforth – there was a residents meeting on the 19th February and I hope people went. I only just found about it after the meeting! Anyway, you can read the letter and see their proposed plans –
It comes to something when building two new housing estates isn’t enough, now they want people to camp out, are we truly that popular?
Until next week…. Say thank you to people who let you and your car pass parked traffic. It's good to use your manners
What a week - I'm starting to think I need to stop in at Pease and ask if they have any spare hands for sale! New members 2 here 3 to come, new campaigns, red tape organisation for the repair cafe, Feastival and our new jobs page has gone a little mad, with over 1,000 people searching the page and 8 job applications up on our page in the first week, it's proving to be a popular addition to our website. I've also been chasing to add a few more on over the next week; Teaching Position, Retail position, Lorry Drivers and bar staff - let's see if I can get them up and running so you get to see them too - keep looking at our 'Local Jobs' page above.
Our lovely new members this week are....
SmARTy Pants Art https://www.facebook.com/smartypantsart/ Kirsty has some wonderful classes and workshops, follow her pages and check her events, Click on our Link, Local Activities and find out all about the classes, the new ones coming up next term and the parties she can cater for.
Julia’s Cakes and Bakes https://www.facebook.com/juliascakesandbakes/ Julia is here in Garforth Creating some wonderful and tasty cakes and bakes, have a look at all her details under our category, Food to buy and Take Away - her gallery of pictures are fabulous, if only there was smellyvision.
We have some very talented and creative people in Garforth
NEWS - I see Reeds Rains have departed Main Street, I think, as we have quite a saturated market of Estate Agents in our small town, it is a very hard market to stay at the top, and some do better than others. But as always, I'm already pushing through potential new tenants for the space, that I think will be perfect for that spot #influencer Let's just hope the rates and rent are affordable!
A few links of all the things that are going on in and around Leeds too during February Half Term (copy and paste)
Information taken from bdaily.co.uk
Persimmon Homes gets greenlight for Garforth housing development on appeal
Housebuilder Persimmon Homes has been granted planning consent for a residential scheme in Leeds after appealing the council’s initial decision to reject the development. Planning and environment specialists from Leeds law firm Walker Morris secured the green light on behalf of Persimmon, paving the way for the creation of 290 homes in Garforth. The scheme, which includes the demolition of an existing dwelling on the site, will provide 15% affordable housing and new public open space. As part of the planning consent, Persimmon Homes will contribute towards improvements to local infrastructure, including bus stops and walkways.
Walker Morris partner Richard Sagar acted as an advocate for Persimmon Homes, while director Robert Moore provided legal and specialist strategic advice. Richard said: “We are delighted at the outcome of the appeal and that the Walker Morris team were able to secure planning permission for Persimmon Homes.
“This is the latest in a number of successful planning appeals we have recently achieved for our clients, having secured planning permission for 600 homes for Hallam Land Management last week.”
I’m so glad Walker Morris are celebrating what seems like another success, getting another (going to cause traffic chaos, non-affordable housing, making another town change completely with no schools or doctors provision) development, through appeal!
290 Houses on top of 241 - we once built lego attachments onto Garforth, now we're seeing Duplo pieces being linked on!
Well I'm signing off for a week. It is half term and I think my head needs a little rest, even though I'm officially out of the office; im never far away. Have a good break if you are going somewhere nice
Until 1st March..... have a great week.......
Meetings galore this week, with lots of existing and new members, also a lot of new enquiries this week too. We do get about.
Well the Feastival work has well and truly begun; it’s the 7.30am WhatsApp messages that determine we have started; as all 3 of us, Phil, Rebecca and I fit this round our day jobs and family life. We have some really exciting stalls already booked and paid. Date will be released very soon, so please follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Garfeast/ to keep updated, you can refresh your mind to last year’s event too www.garforthdeatival.co.uk How much fun it was and how great the weather was
Our Jobs page has gone live this week. So far there are 3 jobs up for applying for, 2 in Garforth and 1 in Kippax.
I am are also giving our local businesses a platform to advertise new jobs in their workplace, the whole idea to put local people in local jobs as the benefits are so great, https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/advertise-your-local-job.html
5 benefits in finding local people for local jobs:
I read Garforth Train Station Car park had a little disruption this week? Probably prepping for the extension ahead of April
A real shame to hear that Hot Heatz and Kool Treatz is up for sale - a quick sale for £25,000. real sad when a businesses doesn't work out as the owner is a really lovely guy and we've always had really nice food from there.
Right, a busy weekend ahead, a parent roadie tonight, and of course a proud parent, #thomboy has a two paid gigs with Sticks and Stones this weekend, one in Headingly at the Three Horse Shoes; i'm sure they will go down a storm with the local students. on Saturday, they have been invited back to Barnbow Social Club in Crossgates, to support a well known band, Big Mouth. It’s all fun and games, and much better than any Saturday job when I was 13!
Until next week……………… smile at people as you pass, you might make their day.
Winter has arrived, darn! But look at the positives, at least we’re not in Chicago, were it was minus 37 last night nor do we live in Michigan where the fifth largest lake in the world is frozen over, and it’s actually dangerous to talk outside! Imagine, if all of Garforth was silent….!
This week I held another Repair Café meeting in the Library – the lovely Clary from Leeds Repair Café came along and we sat and listened to how they have been running their group, over the past 3 years. They run it every 2 months on a Saturday and it's helped with lots of things. Not only fixing small appliances for example, but connected community, people also come to have a bite to eat, a natter and cuppa. This is mainly what I would like it our Repair Café to be, more than just a quick fix! I now have to go away and check on a few red tape issues, insurances and availability as well as looking to set up a separate, Facebook group to see if we can get you, the local community to come and be one of our volunteers. In order things happen, we need people to come together.
What’s coming up in the Half Term –
book on with our Local Youth services firstname.lastname@example.org - be quick as places get booked up
It’s getting close. As many of you will know, I have been nominated for 2 awards. To be nominated the third year in the row is awesome, but to win would be incredible, so if you think I deserve those voters, please click away
Wetherspoons have asked for extensions of times, on beer delivery and beer garden, waiting for approval.
You can take a look yourself at any plans that come in, just put in Garforth, and click on status, Current.
Don't get caught out - as of today Friday 1st February - The Car Park behind Lee's The Greengrocers, has been changed to 1 hour. - helpful landlord!
Have a great weekend and let's hope the snow is here to play, and then it can go away.
Until next week........................Be helpful to others
I hear Quirky calling
Pay Day Weekend for some........
Phew….. Yes I’ve been counting the days I can go and buy decent biscuits for my cup of tea rather than looking at crumbs and there is only so many jacket potatoes you have with leftover from the freezer! It also means, January is nearly at an end, here’s to a happy, February when we can look forward to reminding our loved ones, how much we do love them. Not many like Valentine’s Day, but I’m one of those people who like to celebrate everything; it’s about having fun with the good things – buy those chocolates, cakes, treats and have a go and cooking a nice meal. Time together is so important and if Valentine’s Day is one of those times to give us it, grab it with both hands.
We have added new members on this week, 3 lovely ladies from Estetica Permanent Cosmetics, these ladies are 3 individual specialists working out of the salon on Barley Hill Road. Go and see what they have on offer under our, ‘Make me Beautiful’ category https://www.themaindeal.co.uk/make-me-beautiful.html
I had a lovely meeting with Jo at The Station House on Monday; as well as lovely coffee and cake… my meetings can be so good. Jo has a fantastic community idea she wants to organise for July 2020 and we needed to meet up with the Station House Master and the owners of the building so see if we could get their support and permission to pull off, what could be a great event. Fingers crossed, it’s looking like a plan – keep following the blog to find out more as we moved forward with ideas in 2019.
Another great offer this week
LS25 and I are working even better together to bring you great deals - We are now able to offer members and followers a great offer on creating their own website and, hosting. Matt has worked with many of our local businesses, including Beauty and The Beard, Lasercharge, Raw Family Design and Dumouchel. See here, how he can help you, if you’re a small business wanting your own platform. This offer this is a great and affordable – working together with the right people to give you more - https://www.ls25webdesign.co.uk/the-main-deal.html
Sad to hear confirmation from the owner that the lovely shop, Sugarcraft supplies will be leaving their premises at the end of February – I shop I know I will miss. Good luck to Susan and her team in whatever they do next. I’m already hearing another business is interested in the property.
If you can help, come to our next meeting on Monday as we will have Clary from Leeds repair Café popping in to answer some questions about and the ways we could run this in our library.
Speaking with the people in the know this week, Garforth Train Station will soon be undergoing some works to increase the car parking capacity to just under 100 more spaces, works will start at the end of April 2019 for a course of 4- 6 months and will not impact the train station platform. There is more works schedule for lighting, access and CCTV but this is still needs final approval. In the meantime, please be assured the rumours about a larger station being built and one shut down, is definitely not something that is happening
A very sad day this week when a poor lady lost her life. As in most small towns there is always lots of speculation about the details of the accident, please do not put anything up on social media to discuss, as it would not be nice for the grieving members of her family or friends but also the driver of the lorry. - Just think about the details we don't know.
I’m off out tomorrow evening to help celebrate our best man’s 50th Birthday; how do I have friend who is 50? Time, please stop.
Until next week…………… Help each other
Not a Fan, I’m Full, Fat, Fed up and Financially miserable. I think it’s how most people feel in January, and now the weather is set to change! I’m quite a positive person, but in the cold, dark mornings of January it’s very difficult to want to get up and find your sixth F, FITNESS. Once upon a time I used to go skiing; this was BC, (before children)
Meanwhile, I will just have to keep looking at the January Sales and wishing I had money left.
Mentioning the word fitness, that’s twice in 2 blogs; it must be January. Kirsty from KW Personal Training is offering an exclusive Main Deal offer for her 8 Week Challenge, weight loss programme and/or a block of personal training sessions. If you quote: TMDKW you get 5% off, be quick, it only lasts until 31st January.
All is not so, miserable...... I’ve had some great meetings this week
Our first Feastival meeting was held this week, yes with a Gin! Lots of possibilities as usual, pulling things apart from last year and then putting them back together this year. We’re hoping to expand on what we did last year, so keep your ears to the ground for what’s coming up – Bt for now Put it in your diary, Saturday 13th July.
I met with Helen from The Jigsaw Tree today at Cielo. Helen provides Parent Support Groups and is based in our community. She supports families of children on the Autism Spectrum (both pre and post diagnosis) She offers support and friendship, advice and strategies, as she is a qualified and very experienced, Autism Support Worker and Chairperson of The Jigsaw Tree.
Helen has lots of great plans and one of them is to get local businesses behind her campaign to make shopping in Garforth, Autism friendly. We have some plans of how to do that, so watch this space for more details to follow
You can find out more about the sessions she run locally in Garforth Library and Kid Zone here in Garforth find out more here http://thejigsawtree.org/support-groups
The Main Deal and how it works
Lots of people ask me if this is my full time job, yes! Lots of people ask how it works.
If you click on our Contact Me link above, you will see how I work and affordable I make it. Prices have stayed the same for the 5 years I have been running The Main Deal, it’s all about helping.
It seems there is a little fight going on between Counsellors and MP’s – "No, really,” I hear you say. It goes on locally too! One council is wanting to implement Car parking Charges to Garforth and other local towns and our local Counsellor is, and rightly so, trying to kick that idea away. Bringing Car parking charges to any town can cause a massive decline in footfall. I have read about it and, have seen it first hand in Denbigh, North Wales where my husband grew up. They built out of town shopping areas and then implemented car parking charges on the high street to the shops that were left. Over time; and I saw this happen over a 12 month period in Denbigh, People just stopped shopping locally, because choice and variety had left and people were not prepared to pay £1 an hour to shop with what was left. I will keep you up to date with what news comes in over our local counsellors objections; I got my objection in too some weeks ago to add some weight; not sure if it will help! People who tend to make decisions on towns truly haven’t got a clue; because they don’t live here.
Mark Dobson States
“Coun Mark Dobson (Ind), who represents Garforth, one of the areas which would be affected by the new charges, said: "Rarely to we touch on the practicalities of what a proposal will do in practice. "In Garforth this will be an imposition too far."
More details here https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/transport/row-erupts-over-plans-to-introduce-parking-charges-in-town-centres-around-leeds-1-9542265?fbclid=IwAR26Mm8rU1bi193M52bFcnglbOYlUDhacZkXsCuT0hBv2giyuP9zPg-_Y_E
Until next week…. Let’s hope the white stuff stays over to the North West.
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 email@example.com
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?