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2017-12-16   Carols Around the Christmas Tree

Garforth Brass Band will be playing at an evening of carols around the Christmas tree at Allerton Bywater’s Millennium Park on Wednesday 20th December. The event starts at 6.30pm. There will be warm drinks and mince pies on offer  


2017-12-16   Academy Consultation

The Governing Body of Sherburn High School are consulting with parents, carers, staff and the wider community on proposals to convert the school to an academy, and together with eight other schools from the STAR Teaching School Alliance, to set up a ‘multi-academy trust’ (MAT), to be provisionally known as ‘The STAR MAT’. 


2017-12-15   Christmas Craft Class

There will be a Children's Christmas Craft Class at The Station House Cafe & Bistro Garforth on Monday 18th December from 10am to noon. The event is hosted by Nic Baker, an Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator. This class will cost £7.50 per child which will include a drink, biscuit and all materials required. This workshop is suitable for children aged four and upwards, children will need to be accompanied and may need some assistance any tasks they may find difficult. 


2017-12-15   Seasonal Drink Drive Clampdown

Police officers have been out in Kippax this week conducting checks on motorists as part of this year’s anti Drink and Drive campaign.  


2017-12-14   A Big Merry Christmas

A Giant Christmas Card designed and made by members of Sherburn Junior Youth Club for the village is on display in the library for everyone to enjoy. 


2017-12-14   Owl Shootings in Billy Wood

Police have issued an appeal for information after receiving reports about males shooting owls in the Billy Wood area of Kippax. Anyone with information should call wildlife crime officer Shaun Taylor on 101 


2017-12-13   Charity Football Match

There will be a charity football match between Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Emmerdale and friendsat Garforth Town on Sunday 15th April in aid of the charity Make A Wish. Kick off 1pm 


2017-12-13   Setting the Police Precept

North Yorkshire’s elected Police and Crime Commissioner is consulting with the public about the police precept for next year. She is asking them to select one of three options, to freeze the precept at its current level, increase the precept by 1.99% which is an extra £4.40 per year (8p per week) for a Band D property or increase the precept by more than 1.99%. The survey is available online at www.telljulia.com  


2017-12-12   A Fair Amount

St Benedict’s Garforth Parish Christmas Fair raised a total of £1286 . 


2017-12-12   Last Call for Santa

The Garforth Lions Christmas Santa will make a final appearance in Main St, Garforth on Saturday 23rd December before heading off for international duties. 


2017-12-11   Brigshaw Christmas Concert

The Brigshaw High School Christmas Concert takes place on Tuesday 12 December at 7pm. Tickets are £5 with concessions £4, available from reception. A mince pie and hot drink are included in the ticket price. 


2017-12-11   Miners Frozen Out

Garforth Town’s league game at home to Liversedge on Saturday was called off due to a frozen pitch. The match will now be played on Tuesday 6th March (kick-off 7:45pm).  


2017-12-10   Regional Finalists

Monk Fryston Store has made the shortlist for the regional final of the Countryside Alliance Village Post Office and Stores ‘Rural Oscars’. Regional champions will be announced in March 2018, 


2017-12-10   Christmas Crime Spike

The police say they have experienced a spike in crime in the last few days as often happens in the run up to Christmas. Please don’t leave valuables on display in your car and make sure the house is locked up before you go to bed. If you see anything suspicious please call the police straight away 


2017-12-09   GFSG Christmas Concert

Garforth Flood Support Group presents a Christmas Concert at the Miners welfare Hall on Saturday 16th December at 7pm. The concert will feature Garforth Brass Band, Garforth Community Choir, Gulp Ukulele Band and other local musical talent. Come along and join the Christmas singalong. There will be refreshments and a raffle. Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for children with family tickets for £10. Call 2866709 for more details 


2017-12-09   Kippax Kestrel’s Community Crops

The 1st St Mary’s Kestrel Scout Group, with help from Kippax in Bloom, is launching a community garden to grow fruit and vegetables for residents. The Co-operative has donated £4,396 to repair a surrounding wall 


2017-12-08   Oh Yes it is

Garforth Musical Society presents Cinderella at the Miners Welfare Hall from 5th to 9th December. Performances are at 7.15pm daily with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday 9th. Tickets are £8.50 with Concessions £7 


2017-12-08   Car Crash in Kippax

Two men and a woman were trapped in a car when it crashed into a wall on Leeds Road Kippax on Wednesday. The fire brigade had to cut the three people from the wreckage 


2017-12-07   Trust in Steve

Leeds entrepreneur Steve Parkin has acquired a 25% stake in Garforth based Trust Electric Heating. The company provides radiators made with a compressed soapstone core, which generates rapid warmth and has remarkable heat retention characteristics. Steve Parkin is the founder of Clipper Logistics 


2017-12-07   Police Search for Bus Driver

An elderly woman suffered pelvic injuries after falling while moving out of the way of a bus on a pedestrian crossing on Wakefield Road Swillington on Monday. The bus failed to stop. 


2017-12-06   Traditional Carol Concert

There will be a t Traditional Service of Carols by Candlelight and organ at St Benedicts Garforth with Readings and Carols on Sunday 17th December at 3pm in Church followed by mince pies and mulled wine 


2017-12-06   On Your Bike

Stage two of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire will pass through Kippax and Garforth on its 149km route from Barnsley to Ilkley on Friday 4th May 


2017-12-05   Property Marking Roadshow

There is a Crime Prevention and Property Marking Road Show on 6th December at Grove House South Milford starting at 6.30pm to 8.30pm with the local Police team. Residents are invited to bring any items along for marking, everyone is welcome. 


2017-12-05   Attempted Burglary

Two white males in their early 20's, wearing tracksuit bottoms and baseball caps were seen running away from a property on East bank Sherburn at around 5.30pm, having smashed a first floor window after climbing on a low roof. No entry gained, Anyone with information should call 101 quoting ref: 12170216001. 


2017-12-04   Christmas Coffee Morning

There is a Christmas Coffee Morning at Churchville House Micklefield at 10.30 am on Thursday 14th December 


2017-12-04   Frosty Advice from Police

Following the season’s first sharp frosts, North Yorkshire Police would like to warn drivers of the risk of cars being stolen whilst defrosting. Thieves look out for unattended cars being defrosted with the engine left running. Unfortunately, car owners will also get a cold reception from their insurance company as loss by leaving keys in an unattended vehicle is specifically excluded from motor insurance policies. 


2017-12-03   Lotherton Christmas Experience

The Lotherton Christmas Experience is now open in the grounds of Lotherton Hall. The attraction runs until 23rd December. 


2017-12-03   Drone Warning

The police advise residents that a drone was reported flying over the rear of properties on Low Garth Road, Sherburn during the early hours of 29th and 30th November. If sighted, please report it but in the meantime be sure to lock all windows and doors and not leave things insecure in gardens. 


2017-12-02   Lorry Crashes in Icy Conditions

A lorry left the road on the A1(M) near to junction 44 for Aberford and Bramham on Friday morning and narrowly avoided careering down an embankment. Two lanes were closed to traffic and the driver was taken to LGI with serious injuries. 


2017-12-02   Dusk Walks

Nature lovers can explore two local nature reserves at dusk during guided walks this winter. St Aidans and Fairburn Ings will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the reserves as the light dims and darkness descends. The walks will last around 2 hours. The St Aidans walk will take place on Monday 11th December and the Fairburn Ings walk on Wednesday 13th December. Booking is essential. 


2017-12-01   Brass by Fairy Light

Knottingley Concert Brass will be playing at Hillam Lights Switch On next Saturday 2nd December. 


2017-12-01   Sunday Bus Disruption in Kippax

Bus users in Kippax face disruption on Sundays 3rd and 10th December between 8am and 4pm because of roadworks on Kippax High Street 


2017-11-30   History of Temple Newsam

Kippax based author Steve Ward is launching his new book about Temple Newsam today at Waterstones bookstore. The book is called Tales from the Big House: Temple Newsam and charts its history from the 12th century onwards. 


2017-11-30   Christmas Bin Collection Changes

Leeds City Council have announced their bin collection days over the Christmas period 24th December to 7th January. For Monday to Saturday collections your collection date moves on 1 day, so Monday collections will take place on Tuesday, Tuesday collections move to Wednesday and so on. With one exception, the collection scheduled for Monday 25th December will move to Sunday 24th December.  


2017-11-29   Kippax Christmas Fair

Kippax band club and Globe not for profit are teaming up to bring a night of shopping and festive fun to Kippax Band Club on Friday 1st December from 7.30pm 


2017-11-29   Christmas Fayre at Library

There is a Christmas Fayre at Sherburn Community Library on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December from 10am to 1 pm with lots of great presents for all ages, free admission and free mince pies. 


2017-11-28   Phantom Debt Scam

There has been an increase in cold calls to the public from bogus bailiffs requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a bailiff working on behalf of a court, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. Fraudsters are requesting payment by bank transfer and if refused they threaten to visit the people’s homes or place work in order to recover the debt that is owed.  


2017-11-28   Aberford Christmas Lights

This year’s Christmas Lights will be switched on in Aberford at 7pm on Friday 1st December. The Parish Council’s Chairman Cllr David Howson will oversee the switch on which will take place at Pump Hill, and The Village Harmonies choir, led by Ms Jacqueline Jeffrey, will be in The Arabian Horse singing carols and Christmas songs from 7pm. 


2017-11-27   Parish Councillor vacancy

Following the resignation of Cllr Daniel Overend recently, Aberford Parish Council has one vacancy for a parish councillor, in the Aberford Ward.  


2017-11-27   A Suspicious Incident

North Yorkshire Police are investigating a suspicious incident at a livery yard in the Stutton area. The occupants of a Subaru Forester registration number SW03XUJ were disturbed looking around several outbuildings on the yard, the occupants of the vehicle then made off when the owners of the yard came out. The incident happened at around 4am on Saturday 25th November. The Police are making enquires to identify the two male occupants of the vehicle and are asking local residents to be extra vigilant and report any sightings of the vehicle if it is seen acting suspiciously. Please call 101 quoting reference 12170212147  


2017-11-26   Tea Dancing

Garforth Community Association hosts a tea dance every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm at the Miners Welfare Hall. Admission is just £2.50 which includes refreshments 


2017-11-26   Christmas Fair

There will be a Christmas Fair on Saturday 3rd December from 10.00am to 3.00pm in Kippax Church Hall.  


2017-11-25   Garden Waste Collection Service Ends

Saturday 2nd December will be the last day of garden waste collections for the year. The service will resume againon Monday 26th February 2018 


2017-11-25   Community Carol Concert

There will be a Community Christmas Carol Concert with Garforth Jubilee Brass Band at Firthfields Community Centre, East Garforth on Sunday 10th December from 6.30pm to 8.15pm. Tickets are £1 to include a drink and festive refreshments  


2017-11-24   Cinders’ Christmas Panto

This years’s pantomime at St Benedict’s Parish Centre on Friday 8th December 2017 at 7.30pm is Cinderella performed by Pocket Panto. Entry is £5 per ticket and includes raffle entry. 


2017-11-24   Christmas Bazaar

Sherburn Christmas Bazaar and Grand Prize Draw will take place on Saturday 25th November 


2017-11-23   East Garforth Christmas Panto

This year’s Firthfields Christmas Pantomime is Aladdin. The performance takes place at 3pm on Saturday 16th December. Tickets are £6, they are currently on sale to club members and the remainder will go on sale to the general public on 25th September 


2017-11-23   Garforth Christmas Lights

This year’s Garforth Christmas Lights party will take place on Main Street on Friday 24th November. Marketplace-style stalls will open from 4pm and the switch-on will take place at 7pm. 


2017-11-22   Remembering Jane

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austin’s death. To commemorate this GADS will be performing a reading of a play based on her life as a joint collaboration with St Marys church Garforth on 2nd December 


2017-11-22   Kippax Christmas Lights

This year’s Kippax Christmas Lights celebration will be held outside the Co-op on High Street on Thursday 23rd November. The evening’s entertainment starts at 6pm and the switch-on takes place at 7.45pm 


2017-11-21   Cinderella

Garforth Musical Society will be performing Cinderella at the Miners Welfare Hall from 5th to 9th December at 7.15pm with a matinee on Saturday 9th at 2.30pm 


2017-11-21   Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

Kippax Dramatic Society is staging a production of Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime at St Marys Church Hall Kippax from 22nd to 24th November with a 2.30 pm matinee on 25th November. Call 0113 2862834 for ticket details. 


2017-11-20   Quiz Night Success

The Recent Quiz Night at Sherburn Church Hall raised £580 for the Fabric Fund 


2017-11-20   Lights Night Road Closure

Main Street, Garforth will be closed from Townend to Barleyhill Road from 3.30pm to 8.30pm on Friday 24th November whilst the Christmas Lights Switch-on takes place. Marshalls will be able to maintain limited access for residents living off Main Street between 4pm and 8.30pm wherever possible. 


2017-11-19   Helping Fight Leukaemia

The amazing sum of £1266 was raised from the St Benedicts Leukaemia walk last September. 


2017-11-19   Christmas Fair

Sherburn Hungate school is holding a Christmas Fair on Tuesday 5th December from 5pm to 7pm featuring the School Choir, Santa in his grotto, stalls, tombola, Christmas games and much more 


2017-11-18   Community Carol Concert

There will be a Community Christmas Carol Concert with Garforth Jubilee Brass Band at Firthfields Community Centre, East Garforth on Sunday 10th December from 6.30pm to 8.15pm. Tickets are £1 to include a drink and festive refreshments  


2017-11-18   Wildlife Park Opens Soon

The first parts of the new wildlife park at Lotherton Hall open this month. Humboldt penguins, flamingos, tapirs and capybaras will be on view from Tuesday 21st November 


2017-11-17   Calling All Artists

Kippax Art Group meets every Wednesday except the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Gibson Lane Community Centre, Kippax from 7pm till 9.15pm. New members are always made welcome 


2017-11-17   I’ll Drink to That

The sixth annual Monk Fryston Beer Festival will be held at the Community Centre Monk Fryston on September 14th and 15th 2018. 


2017-11-16   Rememberance Service

St Benedicts Remembrance Service for our parish deceased is on Sunday 19th November 2017 at 3pm. 


2017-11-16   Brass Band Concert

There will be a concert by Knottingley Brass Band in Sherburn church on Saturday 18th November. Admission is £10 including refreshments. 


2017-11-15   Did you Support Garforth Parish Council?

The Leeds City Council Consultation on polling district and parish boundary changes, including the creation of a parish council in Garforth closed on 14th November 


2017-11-15   Spinathon for Children in Need

There is a 12 hour Spinathon from 8am to 8pm at Garforth Leisure Centre on Friday 17th November to raise money for BBC Children in Need 


2017-11-14   The Sign of the Crippled Harlequin

Watch Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society perform this thriller by Norman Robbins from 15th to 18th November at 7.30 at the Miners Welfare Hall. Only £7 on the door 


2017-11-14   Youngsters Share Food Views

Around 45 students in years 8 and 9 at Brigshaw Co-operative Trust schools took part in a debate on food poverty at an event at Leeds Beckett University 


2017-11-13   Join a Brass Band

Garforth Brass Band are urgently looking for brass players, both experienced and not so experienced. They meet once a week on Sunday at Garforth Methodist Church, beginners meet at 5pmand experienced players from 6.15 till 7.45pm. Call Janet on 07960 294986 for details 


2017-11-13   A Police Sting

Polices used a stinger device to stop a car when it was spotted towing a suspected stolen caravan in Sherburn. Police said the caravan was being towed by a car on false number plates. One person was arrested after the stinger was used near Selby 


2017-11-12   Join Garforth in Bloom

The Next Meeting of Garforth in Bloom group will be on Monday 13th Nov 2017 at 7.30pm. at The Gaping Goose Public House, Selby Road Garforth . Why not come and meet us, you will be made most welcome. 


2017-11-12   The Quiz of the Year

The Annual Wise Owl Quiz will be held on Saturday 28th January at Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Centre. To reserve a table now, contact Ray on 01977 682084 


2017-11-11   Walk Leaders Required

Fancy joining Leeds Health Walks as a Walk Leader? To enable the group to expand its current walk program they are looking for new Leaders. No experience required you just need to be reasonably fit and enthusiastic about walking. More information can be obtained from John Scott on 0113 2863656 


2017-11-11   Local Man Jailed for Robbery

Kippax man Anthony Backhouse has been jailed for 16 months for a robbery at Stan James Bookmakers on High Street Kippax. Mr backhouse, who took £460 from the till was recognised by staff as a regular customer  


2017-11-10   Bonfire Disco

The Swan Hotel South Milford is holding a Bonfire Disco from 8pm till late on 11th November. Entry is free 


2017-11-10   Brownie Leader Needed

A new Brownie Leader is needed for the Brownies group that meets at Aberford Primary School on Monday evenings. Call Debbie on 07941 245897 for more information 


2017-11-09   25th Anniversary Bonfire

The 25th Osgoldcross and Elmet Rotary Club Annual bonfire and spectacular fireworks display takes place on Saturday 11th November at South Milford. Gates open at 5.30pm and the fire is lit at 6pm. The fireworks spectacular starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 


2017-11-09   Buble On

There will be a Michael Buble Tribute Night on Saturday 11th November at 7.30 in Kippax Church Hall. Tickets are £10, including supper . Contact 07789 902666 for more details 


2017-11-08   Six Week Cuban Salsa Course

Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Association is running a Cuban Salsa course on Wednesday mornings at the Community Centre. 10.30 - 11.30am. Price for the class is £5 


2017-11-08   Good Performance by Ninelands School

Ninelands Primary School in Garforth has been rated good in their latest OFSTED report. The report stated there had been a remarkable improvement on the previous year at key stages 1 and 2 


2017-11-07   M1 Bridge Closure

The roundabout at Junction 45 of the M1 will be partially closed for 3 days for bridge maintenance from 8pm on Friday 10th November to 6am on Monday 13th. 


2017-11-07   Rail Strike Chaos Looms

Local commuters are once again likely to be hit by a rail strike by RMT union against Northern Rail’s plans to reduce the local services to driver only trains 


2017-11-06   Silver Medalist Freya

Brigshaw High School’s Freya Taylor is part of the Leeds Synchronised Swimming Team that have just won silver to become Scottish synchronised swimming National silver medalists 


2017-11-06   GADS Present…

Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society are performing At the Sign of the Crippled Harlequin, a thriller by Norman Robbins at the Miners Welfare Hall from 15th to 18th November at 7.30pm. . Tickets are £7 and £6 for concessions on the door. Saturday is cabaret style seating only. Tickets should be booked by calling 0113 2862491 


2017-11-05   Burst Closes Kippax Street

Leeds Road in Kippax was closed between Moorgate Rise and Gibson Lane when the road was flooded as a result of a major water pipe bursting. Yorkshire Water are on the scene 


2017-11-05   Miners Game Called Off

Garforth Town’s game at Bottesford on Saturday was called off following a noon pitch inspection. The Miners will now travel to the Birkdale Stadium on Tuesday 29th November (kick-off 7:45pm). 


2017-11-04   Garforth Litter Pick

There will be a litter pick in Garforth on Sunday 5th November. Volunteers should meet at the Welfare Hall at 10am. Litter pick sticks and bags are provided and there are free refreshments 


2017-11-04   Miners Play Guiseley in Cup

Garforth Town have been drawn against cross-Leeds neighbours Guiseley AFC in the West Riding County Cup second round. The tie will be the first competitive match between the two sides for nine years and will take place on Tuesday 7th November (kick-off 7:45pm). 


2017-11-03   Better Bird Watching Advice

Would be birdwatchers can get free expert advice on choosing the right binoculars at RSPB’s fairburn Ings this coming weekend. Staff will be on hand to help choose the right product from a wide range of stock daily from 10am to 3pm 


2017-11-03   Housing Plan for Clinic Site

A planning application 17/06706/FU has been submitted by Pinnacle View Homes to build eight homes on the site of the former Garforth Clinic on Lidgett Lane 


2017-11-02   Micklefield PC Meeting

The next Micklefield Parish Council Meeting takes place on Thursday 2nd Nov ember at 7:15pm at Micklefield Youth and Adult Centre, (The Old Fire Station), Great North Road. 


2017-11-02   Garforth Lions Bonfire

Garforth and District Lions’ community bonfire takes place on Glebelands on Friday 3rd November. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm with a fireworks display at 7pm. Attendees are asked not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers. 


2017-11-01   Macmillan Christmas Bazaar

There will be a Christmas Bazaar in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at the Garforth Miners Welfare Hall on Saturday 4th November from 10am till noon. There will be tombola, cakes, Christmas stall, bric a brac, refreshments and much more. Admission is free 


2017-11-01   Latest Health Walks List

The list of Leeds Health Walks for November and December is now available. Follow the link in the right-hand column for details. All walks will be easy-going and approximately 3.5 to 4 miles in length, unless otherwise stated. Some may include off-road walking and involve the use of stiles. Please wear suitable footwear and bring waterproof protection (raincoat or umbrella). All walks are free and there is no need to book, just turn up  


2017-10-31   Speeding offence Scam

North Yorkshire Police have been made aware of a scam where people are being emailed with false Notice of Intended Prosecution letters (NIP) regarding alleged speeding offences. North Yorkshire Police say these are scam communications and are not sent from their Traffic Bureau department. A genuine NIP is sent by first class post or recorded delivery. People are urged not to make any payment in response to these emails and not to click on any links contained. 


2017-10-31   Body Awaiting Formal Identification

Police searching for Richard Taylor, 30, who went missing from South Milford, have recovered a body found by a member of the public in woodland near the Mushroom Farm at Thorpe Willoughby, near Selby. Formal identification is yet to take place but Mr Taylor’s family have been informed. Officers have thanked all who assisted with the search 


2017-10-30   Miners’ Woes Continue

Garforth Town's winless run extended to four games after a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Barton Town. 


2017-10-30   Body of Missing Man Found

A body has been found and identified as that of missing South Milford man Richard Taylor. Mister Taylor has been missing since 12th October.  


2017-10-29   Tourism Strategy

Selby District Council are working with Make It York and A Fresh View to develop a strategy to grow tourism across the District. They are inviting businesses and residents of the Selby District to share their views about the shape of the visitor economy at present, Selby District's assets, it's visitors and how it can be developed in the future. 


2017-10-29   New Rail Strike Announced

The RMT union has announced that another rail strike affecting Northern Rail services will take place for 24 hours on 8th November. The strike is in relation to the proposal to remove guards from Northern Rail services. 


2017-10-28   Popular Full Back Leaves Miners

Miners full-back Sam Leach has this week left the club to join fellow Premier Division side Hemsworth MW. The former York City academy player, who picked up the annual 'Ralph Backhouse Trophy' at last season's presentation evening for his service to the club on and off the field, has struggled to make first XI in recent weeks and has decided to move on. 


2017-10-28   Lighting the Way

St Wilfrid’s church, Monk Fryston, is launching a sponsorship scheme to raise the £600 needed annually to floodlight the church during the winter. Sponsorships of £35 for a week are being sought. Sponsors will be listed in the parish magazine and the church website. Contact Churchwarden Stuart Wroe for more details on 01977 672229 



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