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2021-04-21   Suspicious Vehicle Caught

On Friday evening Selby response officers responded to a report of suspicious circumstances involving a white Ford Transit van in the Riccall area. The vehicle was subsequently seized due to having no insurance. It is believed that the vehicle involved has been reported heavily across the area for other suspicious ongoings. Residents are assured this vehicle is no longer on the roads. 


2021-04-21   Kippax Garden Set Afire

Fire crews were called to a family home in Woodland Grove, Kippax after the garden was engulfed in flames on Monday evening. The incident has been reported to the police as suspected arson attack by local teenagers. 


2021-04-20   No Spectators

South Milford Cricket Club started the 2021 season this weekend with friendlies at Church Fenton Cricket Club and Ledsham Cricket Club. They would like to remind supporters that unfortunately spectators are not allowed currently at cricket matches. They hope this will be lifted on the 17th May. 


2021-04-20   Musicians Wanted for Gala

Garforth Lions are inviting any bands, musicians or performers of other forms of live music who would like the opportunity to perform at Garforth Gala on 11th July to get in touch! If you cannot make the gala then they will also have their Annual Beer Festival later in August. Please express your interest, or send any queries to garforthlionsgala @gmail.com. 


2021-04-19   Two Thirds of the Way

In Garforth East 4,038 people have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine. That is 63.5 percent of the people living in the area. 


2021-04-19   Covid Outbreak at Sherburn Sorting Ofice

There has been a positive case of Covid at Sherburn Delivery Office resulting in over half of Royal Mail staff having to go into 10-day isolation. Remaining staff are working hard to maintain the service but warn there will be inevitable delays. 


2021-04-18   Visitor Experience Assistant Wanted

RSPB Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's are looking for a Visitor Experience Assistant for a six-month contract. Applications close on Friday 30th April. Visit http://ow.ly/ITTR50Epr3S for more details 


2021-04-18   Con Man Jailed

An accountant who committed “industrial scale dishonesty” to fund an extravagant lifestyle has been jailed for 11 years and five months at Leeds Crown Court. Stephen Day, 51, whose homes included a house in Aberford, a 45-acre estate in Scotland and a holiday home in South Africa, plundered more than £1.4 million from several companies, defrauding three NHS organisations he secretly worked for at the same time. 


2021-04-17   Struggling with Coronavirus

Amongst the 10 areas of Yorkshire struggling most to get rid of coronavirus is Garforth South, Swillington & Little Preston, with an infection level of 235.8 cases per hundred thousand people, in stark contrast to neighbouring Garforth East which has one of the lowest infection rates in the city. 


2021-04-17   Fire at Makin’s Farm

Seven fire engines from Pontefract, Wetherby, Moortown, Normanton, Garforth, Castleford and Killingbeck stations and a helicopter attended a field fire at Makin’s Farm off Ridge Road in Garforth on Friday afternoon. The fire started around 12.30pm and the incident was scaled back around 4pm when five of the appliances left the scene. 


2021-04-16   Restaurant Plan in Kippax

A planning application has been submitted to Leeds City Council for a restaurant and cafe at The White Swan in Kippax. Residents have until 5th May to submit comments. The planning application number is 21/02558/FU/E. 


2021-04-16   Badger Sett Attack

West Yorkshire Police's Wildlife and Rural Crime unit has had a busy week, with a number of animal-related incidents reported across the county including unknown persons digging out a badger sett in Kippax and starting a fire. The Wildlife and Rural Crime unit urged anyone with information about this incident to get in touch, or to call Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111. 


2021-04-15   Covid Figures Continue Downwards

There were 500 new cases of Covid reported in Leeds in the seven days upto 14th April. This figure is 27.2 percent down on the previous week. 


2021-04-15   Garforth Gala 2021

Garforth and District Lions have announced that they will be holding their Annual Summer Gala Day at Glebelands on Sunday 11th July. The event opens at 11am and ends at 5pm 


2021-04-14   Food Bank Collection

The next collection of donations for the St Mary’s Garforth Food Bank will be Monday 19th April, 2pm-3pm in the Church Car Park, or leave donations in The Rectory porch. 


2021-04-14   Making Japan Exhibition

Lotherton Hall is offering a special online-only exhibition called Making Japan which celebrates the history of Japanese culture. Visit Leeds Museums and Galleries website for more details. 


2021-04-13   Counter Terrorism Reminder

Counter Terrorism Police are asking businesses and the public to be alert to more than just the threat of Covid-19 this summer. Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East said “we must continue to follow public health guidance and remain vigilant, not just against the threat of the virus but against the threat of terrorism as well”. 


2021-04-13   A Friendly Loss

Garforth Miners made the short journey to the Clayborn ground on Saturday 10th April to play a behind closed doors friendly with their NCEL Premier Division neighbours Liversedge, who grabbed a late goal to run out 2-1 winners after Sam Denton had equalized for Town. 


2021-04-12   Coach Wanted

Monk Fryston United is looking for a coach for their new women’s team. They need someone who would be willing to give up an hour or so each week to put them through our paces. Currently they are not part of a but may do friendlies every now and again. They train on Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm. Contact Sheila Fox for more info 07766835320. 


2021-04-12   G Fest

G Fest 2021 takes place on Glebelands in Garforth on 24th July. Tickets are £10, a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is £25. Bands include The Kopycat Killers (Killers Tribute Act), The Take That Experience, Women in Rock,OasisJam and LMX (Little Mix Tribute Act). The event is in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice  


2021-04-11   Tigers Wanted

Garforth Tigers Amateur Rugby League Club are looking for new players from school years 1 to 10, regardless of experience. 


2021-04-11   Kippax Candidates

The Kippax and Methley ward candidates for the Council elections on 6th May are Dylan Brown (Greens), Thomas Peter Foster (Social Democratic Party), Sara Karen Howell (Lib Dems), James Lewis (Labour), Connor Joseph Paul Mulhall (Cons) and Kristian Alexander Wilkinson (Reform UK)  


2021-04-10   St Mary’s APCM

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of the Parish of St Mary’s, Garforth, will be held on Sunday 25th April 2021 at 10.15am. Attendance may be in person in St Mary’s Church, by way of a Zoom video meeting or by phone. 


2021-04-10   Miners Withdraw from Cup Competition

Garforth Town FC has taken the decision to withdraw from the upcoming Yorkshire Trophy due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding spectators being permitted to attend matches involving step 3-6 clubs, and therefore the ability for them to host games without any financial losses. 


2021-04-09   Covid Decline Continues

There were 680 new Covid cases in Leeds in the week up to 3rd April, which is 27.3 percent down on the previous week. 


2021-04-09   Garforth and Swillington Ward Candidates

The candidates for the Garforth and Swillington ward election on 6th May are Michael John Bailey (Lab), Mark Samuel Barratt (Cons), Steve Beer (Green), Sarah Jane Field (GI) and Jake Knox (LibDem). 


2021-04-08   Burton Salmon Cricket

The new season at Burton Salmon Cricket Club begins with a home fixture against West Bretton on 17th April. Anyone wishing to sponsor a match ball for £30 should call the Secretary on 01977 678066. The club are also looking for a new scorer. £20 per game will be paid plus as many refreshments as you need. Again contact the Secretary if interested. 


2021-04-08   Rotary Club Car Boot Sales

The Osgoldcross and Elmet Rotary Club Car Boot Sales start again on Sunday 18th April 2021. The car boot sales will be held at Milford Plants (LS25 5BX) on the second Sunday of the month. Sellers can arrive from 8am, and it is £10. Buyers can arrive from 9am, and entry is free. For more information, contact Nigel on 01977 682021. 


2021-04-07   Monk Fryston PC APM

Monk Fryston Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 8th April remotely via Microsoft Teams at 8pm. Access to the meeting is via the parish council website 


2021-04-07   Selby District Places and Movement Study

There is an ongoing public consultation based on the initial options that have been developed through the ‘Selby District Places and Movement Study’. The consultation will run from the 6th – 30th April 2021. The study aims to create more attractive spaces and accessible spaces and look at how people travel in and around Selby and Sherburn and whether this can be improved. You can find out how you can participate at www.northyorks.gov.uk /selbyandsherburn. 


2021-04-06   Stone the Crows

Over the Bank Holiday weekend West Yorkshire Police's Wildlife and Rural Crime unit attended an incident in Garforth which involved the killing of a "non-schedule 1 wild bird" - in this instance, a crow 


2021-04-06   Ask the Off Road Bike Team

On Wednesday 21st April 2021, the Officers from the Leeds District Off Road Bike Team will be on Facebook to answer any questions or concerns you have regarding Off Road Motorcycles in East Leeds. A dedicated Facebook post will be created at 7pm on East Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ WYPLeedsEast . The officers will review and answer questions raised on the evening 


2021-04-05   House Prices Jump in Garforth

In the 11 Leeds areas where house prices have risen fastest according to Manning Stainton estate agents, Garforth lies in third place. The average house price in Garforth was £200,478. It has risen by 12.7 per cent and is now £225,922.  


2021-04-05   Covid Under Control Here

A total of 16 areas in the Leeds City Council district recorded fewer than three new cases of the killer virus in the latest week of data. A total of 31 areas in the whole of West Yorkshire can claim to have Covid-19 under that level of control. Leeds areas with fewer than three cases of Covid-19 include Aberford Barwick and Thorner, Kippax East Micklefield and Allerton Bywater, and Kippax West.  


2021-04-04   New Care Home Creates 100 Jobs

Garforth based Springfield Healthcare is building Harcourt Gardens adjacent to Mowbray Square Medical Centre, close to the Stray in Harrogate. and the care home is due to open this summer. It is forecast to create over 100 new jobs in the town. 


2021-04-04   Lotherton Receives Grant Boost

Leeds City Council has been given a grant of £302,750 from Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund, which will be spent on relaunching the city’s Arts Events and Venues programme. A range of new post-lockdown events will be planned based on detailed feedback received from visitors over the past 10 months. These will include a new wellbeing events programme at Lotherton Hall, new trails in the landscape at Temple Newsam and Lotherton, smaller-scale outdoor performing arts events at Lotherton as well older people’s outreach and on-site sessions. 


2021-04-03   Police Hunt Kestrel Killer

Police have issued an appeal after a kestrel was shot and killed in the middle of a village. The protected bird was shot at the junction of Leeds Road and Park Lane in Allerton Bywater at some point two weeks ago by unknown suspects. The kestrel died. It is illegal to intentionally kill or injure kestrels, or any wild birds, under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. 


2021-04-03   Jailed for Baseball Bat Attack

A Micklefield man has been jailed nearly two decades after he carried out a revenge baseball bat attack on a rival during a dispute over a motorbike. Mark Evans, of West View, Micklefield, fled the country after the serious assault in Swillington on July 11, 2002, in which his victim needed surgery to a serious facial wound. He was traced to the Republic of Ireland and was arrested in December last year at Heathrow Airport. Evans pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and breach of bail and was jailed for 32 months 


2021-04-02   Protect Your Car

Neighbourhood Watch Network has launched a Protect Your Car campaign. They are reminding car owners to 1 – Lock your car when you leave it, 2 – Park in a well lit area and 3 - Hide any items on show.  


2021-04-02   MUGA Refurbishment

Kippax Parish Council’s next project is to refurbish and re-line the Multi Use Games Area surface next to the skatepark on Kippax common . They are asking the people that use this area to please confirm what lines they would like :- Netball, Football, Basketball, Hockey etc 


2021-04-01   Zoom to Micklefield PC Meeting

Micklefield Parish Council are inviting residents to their meeting on Zoom tonight. All members of the public are allowed to attend. The first 15 mins is for members of the public to raise issues. The meeting starts at 7.15pm. The Meeting ID: is 414 573 1830 and the Passcode: is 7FhGVD 


2021-04-01   G-Fest Tickets Announcement

G-Fest have announced that tickets will be available from local outlets on 12th April. More ticket information will follow soon. 


2021-03-31   Battle of Towton

The 29th March 2021 was the 560th anniversary of the Battle of Towton, commemorating the biggest, longest, bloodiest battle on English soil. On Palm Sunday 1461, the armies of Henry VI of the House of Lancaster and Edward IV of the House of York, fought. It is thought that up to 75,000 fought and as many as 28,000 died in the battle itself and in the rout and massacres that followed. 


2021-03-31   Rugby Players Wanted

Kippax Welfare Junior Rugby League Club are looking for U15 players (year ten players). Contact 07803 346055 for more details. 


2021-03-30   Check Your Polling Station

Leeds City Council is encouraging residents to check their polling cards when they arrive this week, as a large number of polling stations have changed for Thursday 6th May elections. Over 70 polling stations across the city have moved to ensure voting can happen with Covid-19 safe measures in place. Voters are being asked to wear a mask and comply with other safety and social distancing measures. 


2021-03-30   Drug Dealer Jailed

A drug dealer arranged for the importation of cocaine and MDMA tablets from Amsterdam to Leeds as he set up a supply network from his home. Jacob Gaunt was arrested after police intercepted drugs packages from the Netherlands in June 2019. Gaunt, of Town End, Garforth, pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and two of evasion of prohibition on drugs. He was jailed for four and a half years. 


2021-03-29   Sherburn Precept Increase

Sherburn Parish Council precept has been set to raise £371,457 in 2021/22 which is an increase of £5.17 a month for Band D properties  


2021-03-29   Umpire Required

Hillam and Monk Fryston Cricket Club require an umpire to join their team for the for the upcoming season. They will pay £40.00 for your time. 


2021-03-28   R Number is Below One

The latest R numbers from across England have been released, detailing how quickly the virus is spreading throughout communities. In England, the figure stands at between 0.8 and 1.0. The North East and Yorkshire, however, continue to see the virus spreading slightly below this figure, clocking an R number of 0.8-0.9. 


2021-03-28   Food Bank Donations

The next drop off date at St Mary’s Garforth for donations to the food bank is 2-3pm on Monday 29th March. Alternatively, you can drop off donations earlier in the box in the porch at the Rectory. 


2021-03-27   I’ll Drink to That

The coronavirus pandemic has failed to dampen people’s taste for take-out coffee with Garforth-based Cafe2U’s franchisees seeing record sales. The coffee van franchise and mobile café provider has also seen a boost in recruitment with 14 new franchise partners and the company is now aiming to grow this success in 2021. Cafe2U launched in 2004 and is the UK’s fourth-largest coffee brand with more than 90 mobile café vans. 


2021-03-27   Highest in Yorkshire

There is "huge" variation in the numbers of people getting a coronavirus vaccination across Yorkshire, NHS figures have revealed. Of the four areas in Yorkshire with the highest rates among over-50s, four are in Leeds, with one area being Garforth East. 


2021-03-26   Covid Cases Continue to Fall

There were 786 new Covid cases in Leeds in the seven days up to 24th March. That is 7 percent down on the previous week 


2021-03-26   Frances Hits a Century

Great grandma Frances Heaton, who spent her 99th birthday in lockdown at a Leeds care home is overjoyed to be celebrating her 100th at home with family in Kippax. Frances was born and grew up near Manchester. She met her future husband Len at Scarborough in 1938 and the couple married in September 1945. The couple lived in Harrogate and later in Garforth. 


2021-03-25   Swimming Lessons

Learn to swim at the Holiday Inn, Garforth with Carol Saunders Swim School. Bookings are now being taken for ages 3 years and upwards and for adults on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday. Call 01757 709703 for more details. 


2021-03-25   Elect a Mayor

On 6th May an election will be held for a new West Yorkshire Mayor. The powers and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire will pass to the newly elected Mayor and their office as part of the wider devolution deal and arrangements on 10th May. 


2021-03-24   More Time in the Dumps

From Monday 29th March, each of the city’s eight Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs will be open for a further two hours a day from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week. With social distancing restrictions continuing to be in place at each site due to coronavirus, and to ensure a safe and quick experience for customers and staff, residents are still required to book a slot for a visit at this current time. 


2021-03-24   Attempted Burglary

Between 10pm on 21st and 8am on 22nd March an attempted burglary occurred at an address on Milford Way, South Milford. The lock on the front door was found to have been snapped off. The door however remained locked and entry was not gained. Please be vigilant with home security and report any information including CCTV footage to NYP on Tel 101 Ref occ 12210082651. 


2021-03-23   Police Aware of Covid Meetings Loophole

Police have warned people to stop using Leeds Skelton Lane Services at junction 45 as a place to meet up. Current Covid rules allow you to meet one other person outdoors. However, officers have found groups of people congregating at the service station. 


2021-03-23   Broadband Improvement Project

Hillam Parish Council are looking at ways of improving local broadband services. They are exploring the viability of a community broadband improvement initiative which will take advantage of the Government’s Gigabit fibre voucher scheme. They are canvassing residents, in order to gauge interest and we will then work with Openreach to determine the overall costings of the initiative, based on the likely uptake. 


2021-03-22   Ready to Bat

Burton Salmon Cricket Club’s outdoor nets (unlimited numbers, socially distanced) begin on 29th March . Their first game is on 17th April 


2021-03-22   Garforth Care Home Downgraded

Springfield Care Home in Garforth was inspected in January by officials from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Its previous rating of good from an inspection two years ago was downgraded to “requires improvement” after a number of safeguarding concerns were raised by patients and relatives during the planned inspection. A statement from a spokesperson for the care home group read: “The team are working very hard on addressing the areas of concern identified and have already made significant progress.” 


2021-03-21   A Happy Easter

After much discussion, St Mary’s Garforth Parochial Church Council have agreed to re-open their Church building for public worship on Easter Day. All other Holy Week services will be offered online or by phone-in only. 


2021-03-21   It’s Census Day

The census is a survey about all the households in England and Wales. The census takes place every 10 years and the next census is today, Sunday 21 March 2021. Everyone must complete the census and provide accurate information, otherwise you could be fined up to £1,000. The census helps decide how services are funded in your area. 


2021-03-20   Scammer Warning

Leeds Festival has issued an urgent warning against ticket scammers. Demand for tickets has been high with them quickly selling out after the government’s announcement. There are some available for resale through official outlets but organisers are concerned people are being hoaxed on social media by ticket scammers.  


2021-03-20   Banned from Keeping Animals

A 40-year-old man from Kippax has been banned from keeping animals after he abused his Labrador puppy causing 30 rib fractures. Lee James Bradley inflicted cruel and violent attacks on helpless Labrador puppy Theo and didn't seek help for a vet for two days despite the young pup struggling to breathe, Bradley, of Ascot Road, Kippax, appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court on Monday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. Bradley was sentenced to a 12-month Community Order requiring 300 hours of unpaid work in the community. He was also ordered to pay £300 costs and a victim surcharge of £90. 


2021-03-19   Red Phone Boxes Here to Help

BT has confirmed they are working on a project to allow their unused phone boxes to be repurposed by local communities. They are encouraging interested people to purchase a box for as little as £1, through their ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ programme. Since 2008, BT have sold 6,600 boxes to individuals and community groups with a further 4,000 now being added to the available list. 


2021-03-19   B&M Opens

A new B&M store opened at Colton Retail Park at the weekend creating 70 new jobs. The new store sells branded groceries, homeware, health and beauty products, toys, gifts and much more 


2021-03-18   How to Be Sure Census is Genuine

You will only ever be contacted for the Census by letter unless you have arranged a call with the contact centre. Your Census form will ask for personal information but will never ask for your national insurance number, passwords, bank account details, or your credit or debit card numbers. Census officers may visit to offer help if you are yet to complete the questionnaire. They will identify themselves as being from the ONS and carry an official ID badge. Census staff will never ask to enter your property. 


2021-03-18   Van Break-in

Between 14th March and 8am on 17th March somebody has forced the rear doors on a Mercedes sprinter van parked on Pasture Way, Sherburn in Elmet. Nothing appears to have been stolen at this time. Police are appealing for any information or CCTV in the area to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 ref 12210079265 


2021-03-17   Care Home Covid Deaths Down

The number of care home residents dying from causes involving coronavirus has fallen by more than three quarters in a month in England and Wales, figures show. The latest weekly figures show 467 care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 were registered in the week to March 5 – down 78.5% in four weeks. A total of 41,458 care home residents in England and Wales have now had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began. 


2021-03-17   Ticket to Lotherton

All visitors to Lotherton Hall, including members, require a free timed ticket to visit the estate between 9am – 4pm. Lotherton Hall Museum and Wildlife World are closed under national government restrictions. 


2021-03-16   Extra Bank Holiday

The Queen is set to approve an extra Bank Holiday and create a four-day weekend to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee. The extra day off work will see the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May moved and extended. The four-day weekend will start on Thursday 2nd June 2022, with Brits also enjoying a day off on Friday 3rd June. 


2021-03-16   Always Here for You

The fire service has reminded people in West Yorkshire that all its stations offer a place of safety. Those who need help or feel unsafe can seek refuge at the stations, most of which are open 24/7. There are 12 stations in Leeds, located in Garforth, Cookridge, Hunslet, Killingbeck, Kirkstall Road, Moortown, Morley, Otley, Rawdon, Rothwell, Stanningley and Wetherby. 


2021-03-15   Easter Window Trail

The Easter Window Trail around Micklefield starts on 27th March and will run until 11th April.  


2021-03-15   Fishing Again

Covid rules permitting, Kippax Park Fishery will start running matches on lapwing lake Kippax Park every Tuesday, starting on 13th April. Call 07957686756 for more details and bookings. 


2021-03-14   Temporary Tankering

To maintain wastewater services, Yorkshire Water are tankering the waste away from Hillam Hall Lane sewage pumping station. To be able to stop the tankering they need to set up a temporary above ground pipe to take the wastewater. They hope to complete the work by this weekend. 


2021-03-14   Totally Roarsome

A new adventure trail - Totally Roarsome - is coming to Leeds' Hazlewood Castle. The adventure, which will be open from 1st May through to summer, will boast seven themed zones - including Jurassic Land, Jungle, Arctic, Candy Land, Neverland, Superheroes and Fantasy Land. All tickets must be pre-booked and it will be a socially distanced area for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets are £7.95 per person. 


2021-03-13   Coroner’s Appeal

Coroner's officers are appealing for information to trace the relatives of Mr John Humble. Mr Humble, aged 71yrs, died on the 20th of February at his home address in Barwick in Elmet. His death is of natural causes and there are no suspicious circumstances. Anyone with information is asked to call Coroner's officer Nina Roper on 01924 292301. 


2021-03-13   Car Comes Off Road

An elderly woman was rushed to hospital after her Vauxhall Corsa “came off the road” and ended in a field on Selby Road near to Bluebell Avenue, Garforth on Friday morning. Yorkshire Air Ambulance attended the scene and the woman was taken to hospital by land ambulance for treatment. No other vehicle was involved. 


2021-03-12   Covid Cases Continue to Fall

New cases of Covid-19 in Leeds in the last complete 7 days up to 5th March was 798. That is 29 percent down on the previous week. 


2021-03-12   A1 Morning Rush Hour Incident

Long queues built up on the A1 on Thursday morning following an incident which shut two lanes. Lanes two and three were closed on the A1 Northbound from J42 (Selby Fork) to M1 Aberford Bypass. Police reports said the closure to allow police and other emergency services to deal with a medical incident. 


2021-03-11   Bowl Along

Lots of hard work been done at Kippax Bowling Club to get the green and grounds ready to welcome bowlers back when the green light is given. New players always welcome. 


2021-03-11   Brown Bin Collections Return

Local residents are advised that brown bin collections will resume in the city from Monday, 22nd March. Residents are advised, as they were in 2020, to leave their brown bin out for a couple of days if their street is missed and then take it back in if not emptied. 


2021-03-10   A WiSE Man

Garforth councillor Mark Dobson has signed up to run in the Wetherby 10k run on Sunday 5th September, to raise money for the Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) charity. Like many charities, WiSE is struggling with fundraising due to the Covid pandemic. To make a donation visit w-ise.org.uk/donate  


2021-03-10   NHS Text Alerts

The NHS will begin texting people today inviting them to book their life saving Covid jab, making it quicker and more convenient to get an appointment. Almost 400,000 people aged 55 and over and 40,000 unpaid carers will be the first to get a text alert inviting them to book a slot as part of the latest development in the NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in NHS history. The messages will include a web link for those eligible to click and reserve an appointment at one of more than 300 large-scale vaccination centres or pharmacies across England. The NHS will never ask for payment or banking details. 


2021-03-09   Off to Cheltenham

Kippax Band are pre-qualified for the National Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham this year. 


2021-03-09   Census 2021

The census is a survey about all the households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21st March 2021. Everyone must complete the census and provide accurate information. It helps decide how services are funded in your area. You must complete the census by law or you could be fined up to £1,000. Some questions are labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if you do not answer these. 


2021-03-08   National Day of Reflection

St Mary’s Garforth will be supporting the national day on Tuesday 23rd March to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved. The day has been spearheaded by end of life charity Marie Curie, and is set to take place on the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown. There will be a 15 minute service from 11.55am including 1 minute of silence at noon. 


2021-03-08   Champions Wanted

Neighbourhood Watch in North Yorkshire are looking for people to become Community Champions and promote and develop safer, stronger communities. For more information email Cheryl.spruce @ourwatch.org.uk 


2021-03-07   Local Firefighters Attend School Blaze

Firefighters from Garforth, Killingbeck, Moortown, Leeds, Cookridge, Hunslet, Mirfield, Featherstone and Skelmanthorpe stations attended a fire at the derelict Elmete Wood School on Elmete Lane in Roundhay. The fire was reported at 6:12pm on Saturday. 


2021-03-07   Bus Services Back to Normal

First Bus has announced that its buses will return to pre-lockdown frequency from this weekend. First Leeds say services has been restarted to help get pupils to and from school. First reminded travellers that it is the law to wear a face covering on buses unless under 11 or exempt. 


2021-03-06   Bring Back the Switch On

Garforth Independents councillor Mark Dobson has criticised Leeds City Council for their decision to cancel the grand Christmas Lights Switch On this year due to budget cuts, proposing instead that they cancel the Leeds 2023 culture programme.  


2021-03-06   Drugs Raid in Barwick

A huge drugs factory has been found by police in Barwick in Elmet. Police officers from the Leeds North East neighbourhood patrol team took away huge bags of cannabis plants in the raid on Friday. The investigation is on-going. 


2021-03-05   Calendar Competition

Over the last five years, the Old Girls’ School Community Centre and Tearoom have designed, created and sold calendars as part of their ongoing fundraising. The calendar features a beautiful collection of photographs of the Sherburn area.For the 2022 calendar, they are running a competition on Facebook where you can enter your own photographs of Sherburn, and they will be considered for the calendar. The competition deadline is 31st March 2021 


2021-03-05   Hillam Sewage Works

Contractors will be on site from 8th March to demolish Hillam Treatment Sewage Works. The work will take 6 months with contractors working from 7am to 6pm on weekdays. Wagons removing waste will not drive through the village. 


2021-03-04   Covid Cases Continue to Fall

The number of new Covid cases in Leeds in the 7 days up to 26th February was 1123. This is down 15.7% on last week. 


2021-03-04   Visitor Ticket System at Lotherton Hall

Lotherton Hall is introducing a new booking system to help plan visits to Lotherton and manage visitor numbers. All visitors, including members, will require a ticket from Friday 5th March. Visits before 9am and after 4pm do not require a ticket but remain subject to safe visitor capacity limits. You can book your ticket online at http://bit.ly/booklotherton 


2021-03-03   Teen Groups Breaking Covid Rules

Officers from the East Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team are seeing 'regular' incidents of large groups of teenagers in contravention of Covid rules on gatherings. The East Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team covers Whinmoor, parts of Cross Gates, Halton, Garforth, Swillington, Allerton Bywater, Kippax, Methley and Micklefield. Parents are reminded that because the rule-breakers are not adults, the responsibility for fines for breaching regulations will fall on them. 


2021-03-03   Over the Limit in Reading

Steven Walker, aged 31, of Long Meadow Court, Garforth, Leeds, was charged on Saturday 27th February with one count of driving while above the legal alcohol limit and was bailed to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court on 30 March. 



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