This week has been hectic! With builders in my house, helping where I can with the Feastival, adding new members, working in an office that has a nerf guns and an upside down sofa, meeting people; which is always lovely, my eldest son having the stress of SATS and finally booking our first holiday abroad in 12 years.... all this in a week! And when I've been able to, I've been working from the sofa (not the upside down one) as I have been feeling a little under the weather; I wonder why?
To be fair the local builders I am using have been really good and I would highly recommend. Dave Richardson of MD Building and Property Ltd and his team, Nigel the Joiner, John the plasterer and Craig, the helping hand have been really efficient. I needed a whole new staircase ripping out and a new one installed into our attic bedroom, as when the original one was put in, Circa, 'Back to The Future' era, they had used the original box room for the staircase! Anyhow, I have changed stairs, re-instated the box room and now have new TMD office; I'm really quite clever really you know; don't let the blonde hair or typo's fool you! The big issue now is, what colour shall we paint the office?
Once I have my new office up and running it will be nice for promo video's, a better back drop and quieter.
Listening to the Garforth Community Choir, as I do on a Friday; I pick up the link to the rehearsal from the last week and it always makes writing the blog so much easier; sometimes faster if their singing a particular song! They are working with 2 choir masters at the minute, Cleve Freckleton as the god of all choirs and with a new leader, Thanda who is working very closely with the choir giving them new challenges and new songs, he's making the choir sound amazing. Thanda is from Africa and brings a whole diverse sound with a powerful voice for the choir; he's very funny too. You can follow him https://www.thandamusic.co.uk/
New people are joining all the time, go along for a taste tester, any Wednesday evening from 7-9pm, meet inside the main reception of Garforth Academy where, Pam or James will meet you.
Just copy and paste this link to find out more about how the choir works
You can hear the choir tonight on Chapel FM - Internet radio so it will be live streamed. They are on at 7.30pm
What's going on this weekend?
We see The Gin Shack at Beauty Matters this evening #GINMATTERS starting at 6.30 - 9.00pm
I think there are a few tickets left so you can probably still attend. Give Beauty Matters a call 286 2222.
Tickets are £15 and it includes, Canapes by Pride and Produce, a ' Gin Fizz' on arrival followed by a 'Gin Flight' over the evening. Handmade Dumouchel Chocolates will also be available to indulge in and try.
The Beauty Matters team will be demonstrating treatments over the course of the night.
Tickets are available from Beauty Matters reception
We see C A Hair design working with Helen Cooper from Tropic bringing us a night of great skincare - Tropic Pamper Evening from 7.00 - 9.00pm - Free admission
Join us for a fantastic evening! a bit of pampering and some good old fun! Learn more about these award winning products! #GreenBeautyRevolution NOT TO BE MISSED!
#MIG (Mum in Garforth) Christine 2
Looking for fun and friendly baby and toddler groups around Garforth?
Every Monday we enjoy going to our Baby Buds group at St Benedits Church Hall in Garforth. Its for babies under 12 months and led by Jan, a childcare expert who's been running baby groups for over 27 years. She's helped by Diane, also very experienced in childcare. They're both great - really welcoming and friendly.
It's a really relaxed environment, great for play and making new friends - we've met lots of new mums and babies there. There's a sensory room and singing to keep your little one stimulated and entertained, and we got a 'song sack' at our first session to keep the little toys and props we sing about.
I knew it was a hit with my little man the first time we went - he didn't take his eyes off Jan while she was singing in the middle of the group, laughing and smiling the whole time. Plus, there's tea and cake and time to chat at the end of each session.
Interested? For more information or to book contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Babybuds Garforth Facebook page.
Have older babies? Jan also runs three different groups at the Rothwell Parish Church Hall - Babybuds, Twinklebuds and Lilybuds - for babies up to 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months respectively.
Interested? For more information email Jan at email@example.com or check out the Lilybuds Baby and Toddler Groups Facebook page. No need to book these ones in advance.
I'm sure there's plenty other great baby groups in the area - please do share some of the other ones you know of!
Until next week,
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I introduce you to the third, Christine from Feeling Alive in LS25 - Christine is a real advocate for all things good, and this week, she wants to tell you, why buying local matters
It has to be said, the internet has ruined some local businesses. With a click of a button, you can buy goods from anywhere in the world. It’s sad to see deserted shops, on once bustling high streets. You only have to look at places like Sheffield and the historic market town of Pontefract, to see these sad changes to the high street.
However, some retailers are reporting business getting better and there has been full circle from internet, back to high street.
So why is shopping local better?
1. Your spending will boost the local economy. Research shows that for every £1 you spend in a small business, 63p of that — stays in the local economy.
2. It’s ethical 💚 Shopping local generally means you are eating seasonal. Eating seasonal means you are general being better to the planet. It’s very hard to get things like blackberries in November, in the U.K.
Climate change is real and we all need to do our bit to slow it down. Importing these goods uses more energy and creates lots of waste. If you buy local, the food has had a short field — to — fork traveling time.
3. By investing in local business, you help build communities. Communities are important to people as they allow us to interact, share experiences, develop relationships and work towards common goals. Without communities, people would have to live in isolation.
4. Local food has more nutrition. Food imported is out of date before it hits your plate. Research has shown that fruit and veg from some supermarkets, is rotting en route. The plastic bags that the food comes in, stops air from getting to your food. However when that is removed, your food is out of date in 24 hours. Seriously — you might as well chew on cardboard.
So if you can change one thing this week, try buy one local produce a week. Whether that be a pint of milk or locally sourced carrots. At the end of the day — it’s good for you, your family and the planet.
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Something tells me if you're a Christine, you're someone who goes and get things done and concentrates on what matters in life! never happier to be called Christine
So, as we know, Costa has plans in; do we need it? In my opinion NO, and looking at the threads on other local social media pages, not many of you want it either! But you have to love a bit of local business banter
Smile and see how infectious it is......................
Until next week .......
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?