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2024-02-25   Bin that Glass

Leeds residents will soon be able to use their green bins to recycle glass, the city council has announced. It is estimated Leeds residents currently put 11,400 tonnes of glass in their black bins each year. 


2024-02-25   Motorway Repairs Starting in March

Major safety improvements will get under way on the M1 in West Yorkshire in March, with a 10-mile stretch of central barrier being upgraded. The scheme is divided into two projects. The first involves junction 46 to Junction 47. It will start in March and is expected to last around seven months. A second section between junctions 43 and 45 will begin in August and is likely to take nine months. During this work the M1 will be reduced from three to two lanes, 24 hours a day. A reduced speed limit will be in place. 


2024-02-24   Church Cleaning

There will be a church cleaning day at St Mary?s Garforth on Saturday 24th March from 10am to noon. If you can help, bring dusters, rubber gloves etc. For more information ring 0113 2860584. 


2024-02-24   Summer Jam

Garforth Summer Jam music festival takes place on Saturday 3rd August from 2pm to 10.30pm at the Miners Bar in Garforth. There will be live music from local bands, tasty food and cold beer. Tickets are ?10. 


2024-02-23   You Owe Me

53 companies across Yorkshire have been named by the government for failing to pay the minimum wage. Amongst them, Jasons Of Kippax, failed to pay ?2,384.20 to three employees between 01/04/2019 and 22/12/2019. 


2024-02-23   Burglar Jailed

Career criminal Arron Lally caught a cab with an accomplice to Garforth where they burgled one house and targeted two more. The 29-year-old ordered the taxi just after midnight on11th December last year. They went to two properties on Strawberry Avenue and Witham Way but failed to break in, then eventually got into a home on Kennet Way, taking goods and a car. Lally has 16 previous convictions for burglaries and thefts. Appearing at Leeds Crown Court, he was jailed for five years and three months. 


2024-02-22   Pedalling to Europe

Garforth Villa u12 blues are pedalling for their lives at TOFS on March 2nd as well as lots of other fun activities in order to raise as much money as possible for their tour to Spain next year. Anyone who would like to sponsor them or donate please get in touch with Garforth Villa of visit https://gofund.me/66f4f348 


2024-02-22   Bungalow Fire

A blaze, at a bungalow on Hall Park Meadows, in Kippax, was reported shortly before 6pm on 19th February. Three fire engines - from Garforth, Killingbeck and Pontefract - were sent to the scene. They used breathing apparatus and put out the fire with hose reel jets. An elderly man was taken to hospital after being rescued. 


2024-02-21   Kippax Kicks

Kippax Kicks is welcoming new members at Kippax Leisure Centre every Monday. Sessions are every Monday 4.45-5.45pm for age 10-13yrs and 5.45-6.45pm for age 14-18yrs. Funded by the local ward Councillors via Leeds City Council Outer East Community Committee.  


2024-02-21   Armed Police in Micklefield

Armed police officers rushed to Micklefield after a disturbance on Sunday 18th February, which involved an attempted break-in at a house. Officers rushed to the scene at Garden Village, where they were told that suspects had attempted to force entry to a property. Armed police were deployed, but the suspects fled the scene. Enquiries are ongoing. 


2024-02-20   KOFVS

Kippax Open Fruit and Vegetable Show (KOFVS) takes place on Saturday 31st August from 1pm at Gibson Lane Community Centre 


2024-02-20   Miners Win Again

Garforth made it two wins in the space of 4 days with a big performance to secure all 3 points away to Silsden AFC at the weekend. An impressive first half performance saw the Miners head in 2-0 up at the break with goals from Charlie Marshall and Rinor Ejupi being the difference. A late goal for Silsden caused a few anxious moments but the Miners hung on for a good 2-1 win. 


2024-02-19   Wedding Showcase

There is a Wedding Open Day at Bert's Barrow Farm Barn on Sunday 25th February 11am-3pm. Come on down to see the barns dressed for a wedding and meet some fab local businesses who can help make your day super special. 


2024-02-19   Pancake Success

Shrove Tuesday pancakes at St Mary?s Garforth raised just over ?300 for Church funds. 


2024-02-18   Spring Concert

Fairburn Singers present a Spring Concert at Sherburn Methodist Church on Saturday 9th March at 7.30pm. Tickets are ?8 including refreshments from the Church Stewards or pay on the door. All proceeds go to church funds. 


2024-02-18   Midweek Win for Miners

Garforth Town ended Rossington?s nine game unbeaten run to leapfrog them into fourth in the league table with their 2-1 win away on Tuesday night. 


2024-02-17   Bengal Cottage 2

Bengal Cottage in Micklefield is looking to expand and is searching for premises for a restaurant or a takeaway. 


2024-02-17   Community Gala 2024

Kippax Community Gala, brought to you by Kippax Parish Council, takes place on Saturday 15th June 2024 on the Kippax Common playing field from 11am to 5pm. There will be stalls, food, entertainment and rides. 


2024-02-16   The Miracle Club

Sherburn Cinema at the Old Girl?s School is showing The Miracle Club on Friday 8th March at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are ?5 


2024-02-16   Grant for Church Grounds Maintenance

Micklefield Parish Council have awarded a ?2592 grant to St Mary?s Church for Yard Maintenance. This will go towards cutting the grass around grave areas every two weeks, and other wider areas during the growing months. The money will also used in the cost of reinstating the path adjacent to the boundary with the old vicarage. 


2024-02-15   Old Time School Disco

There will be an Old Time School Disco at the Legion in Kippax on Friday 1st March. Tickets are ?5 from behind the bar. Admission includes supper. There is a prize for best costume.  


2024-02-15   Helping Hand for St Gemma?s Hospice

Garforth and District Lions Club have donated ?1000 to St Gemma?s Hospice.  


2024-02-14   Squirrel Vacancies

Squirrels Scouts group in Micklefield has a couple of spaces for their youngest Scouts aged 4 and 5, before they move onto to Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. They meet on Wednesdays at the Youth and Adult Centre from 5pm - 6pm. Get in touch for details on 07523 300811. 


2024-02-14   Easter Eggs Wanted

Kippax Community Pantry is collecting donations of Easter Eggs so that they can give all children of their visitors an egg for Easter. They have 139 children registered at the Pantry. 


2024-02-13   Miners Washout

Garforth Town?s match at home to Pickering Town on Friday evening was postponed due to waterlogged pitch following a pitch inspection at 1pm. 


2024-02-13   Food Bank Collection

The next collection at St Mary?s Garforth of donations of foods and toiletries for the food bank will take place on: Monday 19th February, Items may be brought to the Church Car Park between 2pm and 3pm on those dates or left in The Rectory porch before each date. 


2024-02-12   Knit and Natter

There is a Knit and Natter at Oliver?s Coffee Bar in Kippax on Thursday 15th February at 2pm. Everyone is welcome. 


2024-02-12   Midweek Win for Miners

Barkway, Ejupi and Barker were on target as The Miners recorded a comfortable 3-1 home win over visitors Eccleshill United on Tuesday night. The win lifted the Miners to sixth in the league. 


2024-02-11   Bingo Night

Monday night is Bingo Night at the White Swan in Kippax. Big money prizes for the winners. Starts at 8pm. 


2024-02-11   Traveller Family Blocked from Allotment

Permission for a traveller family to continue living on an allotment site on Sandgate Terrace in Kippax has been blocked despite advice that it would be in the best interests of the children. Councillors rejected a recommendation from planning officers to grant a temporary three-year permission for caravans to remain on the site at Sandgate Stables. A final decision on the application will now be brought back to a future plans panel meeting. 


2024-02-10   Inquest into Motorcyclist?s Death

An inquest into motorcycle enthusiast and former soldier Richard Adam Gee?s death at Northallerton Coroner?s Court heard this week that the 39-year-old, of South Elmsall, was killed in 2021 after a crash on the A1246 near the RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve. 


2024-02-10   Around the World

Other Lives Productions presents Around the World in Eighty Minutes at Hillam and Monk Fryston Community Centre on Sunday 10th March. Tickets are ?10 by calling 07790 018745. Show starts at 7.30pm. 


2024-02-09   Aberford Parish Council

Aberford Parish Council meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month commencing at 7:30pm in St Ricarius Church. Please refer to the three Village Notice Boards a few days before each meeting for confirmation of the venue. 


2024-02-09   Vandals Strike

Both toughened glass notice boards have been smashed at Gibson Lane Community Centre . 


2024-02-08   Boot Camps

Nic Shepherd Boot Camps take place on Tuesday mornings at 7.10 and 8am within Great Preston Village Hall. Suitable for all levels of fitness for anyone over 16 years old. Price is ?6 per session. 


2024-02-08   Overnight Theft

Police are investigating a theft incident that occurred at Holly House, Chapel Street, Hillam overnight between 1am and 2am on Friday 2nd February 2024. Tools were stolen from a Red Peugeot Expert panel van reg FD56 OPN. If you can assist, please contact PC175 at North Yorkshire Police quoting reference 12240020089 


2024-02-07   The Last Witches

Kippax Community Hub and Library will be showing The Last Witches of England on Thursday 8th February from 3pm to 4pm.  


2024-02-07   Theft from Vehicle

Between 7pm on 29th and 1.30pm on 30th January, someone entered a Silver Ford Focus that was parked near to Fryston Forge on Main Street , Monk Fryston and removed items. Anyone with information about the theft should contact North Yorkshire Police quoting ref no 12240018208. 


2024-02-06   U3A Meeting

The next meeting of the Garforth, Kippax and District U3A takes place at Garforth Working Men?s Club on Wednesday 7th February, doors open 1.15pm.. The Topic Speaker starts at 1.30pm 


2024-02-06   Car Hits Tree

An air ambulance landed at the scene of a Leeds crash after a car reportedly smashed into a tree on the A642 near the junction of Wakefield Road and Whitehouse Lane, in Swillington, on Monday. Emergency crews attended the scene. The road was cleared and reopened. 


2024-02-05   Music to Run By

Garforth Brass Band will be playing at the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon on Sunday 12th May. 


2024-02-05   Miners Lose

A depleted Garforth Town suffered a 2-1 away defeat to Barton Town at the weekend. Despite taking a lead from the penalty spot, the Miners sat back a bit and Barton equalised from a penalty which saw the Miners go down to 10 men following a red card for Rinor Ejupi. Then Barton scored again to take the 3 points. 


2024-02-04   Easter Party

The Legion at Kippax are now selling tickets for their Easter party. This will take place in their upstairs room on Sunday 31st March from 1-4pm. ?5 entry per child. Ticket only admission from the pub. 


2024-02-04   Burlesque Night

There is a Burlesque Night at Swillington Sports and Social Club on Saturday 17th February. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are ?15. The event is in aid of the Inkredible Foundation charity. 


2024-02-03   Pancake Tuesday

There will be pancakes at the Parish Centre at St Mary?s Garforth on Shrove Tuesday 13th February from noon till 1.30pm. Tickets are ?4. Cake, Tea and coffee is included. 


2024-02-03   M1 Closed for Debris

Traffic was halted on the M1 southbound at junction 47 on Wednesday morning (31st January) whilst debris was cleared from the carriageway. 


2024-02-02   Ladies Night

There is a charity ladies night at Kippax Band Club on Saturday 17th February from 7pm to midnight.  


2024-02-02   Children?s Party

The Legion in Kippax is hosting The Big Charity Children?s Party on Sunday 3rd March from 10am to 2pm.Tickets are ?5 for children with adults free. All proceeds go to Coppafeel!, the breast cancer awareness charity. Call 07732 312175 for tickets and more information. 


2024-02-01   Club Concert

The next Club Concert at Kippax Band Social Club is on Sunday 11th February at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Entry is free for members and ?5 for visitors. 


2024-02-01   Cancer Screening Event

There will be a Prostate Cancer Screening Event at Garforth Country Club on Wednesday 28th February from noon to 7pm. To register for a visit goto mypsatests.org.uk. You must register, you cannot just walk in.  


2024-01-31   Fish Shop Vacancy

Central Fisheries in Kippax have a vacancy for a counter assistant for part time hours. Full training will be given. To apply send your CV to centralfisheries @ymail.com 


2024-01-31   Road Closure

Station Road Garforth will be closed to vehicles turning in from Aberford Road until 9th February. The footpath will remain open. Station Fields Road is open but will be extremely busy with train station commutes, taxis etc. 


2024-01-30   Phantom of the Open

Sherburn Cinema is showing The Phantom of the Open on Friday 9th February at 7.30pm at the Old Girls' School Community Centre. Tickets are ?5 


2024-01-30   Kids Car Boot Sale

Millford Plants Garden Centre have a Kids Car Boot Sale inside on tables to protect from the weather. This is for the Kids to run and sell their own surplus items. Accompanied by an adult at all times and runs 9 am to 1 pm on Friday 16th February, Set up from 8am but no selling until the event starts at 9am. Tables are ?5 each. 


2024-01-29   Sponsors Wanted

Kippax resident Lisa Joiner is embarking on a 100km trek across the Brecon Beacons in Wales to raise funds and awareness of CoppaFeel! a breast cancer awareness charity. To sponsor Lisa visit the justgiving.com websire and search for lisa-joiner. 


2024-01-29   Comedy Night

Monk Fryston United JFC present Comedy Night at the Community Centre on 9th March from 6pm to 11pm. Tickets are ?20 to include pie and peas supper. All proceeds go to improving the community club. Tickets on sale to general public, no need to be a club member. Email Mfufcchairman@gmail.com for more details. 


2024-01-28   Table Top Sale

The next Indoor Market and Table Top Sale at Milford Plants Garden Centre is on Saturday 3rd February. A table costs ?10. Set up anytime from 8am onwards and the event runs from 10 am to 3 pm.  


2024-01-28   Big Band Sound

The Northern Swing Orchestra Big Band and Cherie Gears will be performing on Sunday 4th February at 3:30pm at Swillington Miners Sports and Social Club. Tickets are ?7 


2024-01-27   Parking in Kippax Co-op Carpark

From February 5th everyone can enjoy one hour of free parking, regardless of shopping with the Co-op in Kippax ? no ticket required; cameras will track your entry and exit. Alternatively, spending ?20 or more in-store grants you up to 3 hours of free parking. Parking charges apply to non-shoppers, detailed on Horizon Parking signage in the car park. 


2024-01-27   Miners Win Local Derby

The Miners ran out 4-1 winners in their home league game against local rivals Tadcaster Albion on Friday night, gaining revenge for their 2-1 defeat against the Brewers in December. 


2024-01-26   New Litter Bins

Two more litter bins have been requested for Kippax High Street. Ward Councillors have kindly agreed to fund one bin and Kippax Parish Council have agreed to match fund another one. 


2024-01-26   Food Bank Collection

The next collection at St Mary?s Garforth of donations of foods and toiletries for the food bank will take place on: Monday 29th January, Items may be brought to the Church Car Park between 2pm and 3pm on those dates or left in The Rectory porch before each date. 


2024-01-25   Quiz Time

Sunday night is quiz night at Briggate on Main Street Garforth. It will be starting again soon. Quiz starts at 8pm 


2024-01-25   New Defibrillator for Kippax

Kippax Parish Council have agreed to fund another defibrillator and cabinet which will be located in the bus shelter outside Westfield Autos garage on Leeds Road. This is mid-way between the existing defibrillators at Gibson Ln surgery and the ones at Kippax North School and Valley Ridge Community Centre. 


2024-01-24   Bowlers Wanted

Kippax Bowling Club is looking for new players for the new season that starts in March. So don't hold back, come down to Kippax Bowling Club and give it a try. 


2024-01-24   Bike Register Event

Leeds East Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be holding a Bike Register event at Garforth Police Station on Saturday 27th January from 9am to noon. If you would like to secure and register your bike, come along to Garforth Police Station where Police Community Support Officer Dutton will be present to register your bike. 


2024-01-23   Volunteers Wanted

Peter Pan charity shop in Sherburn urgently wants volunteers willing to give a few hours of their time. For more information ring Kay on 01977 681863. 


2024-01-23   Mini Villa Football

Garforth Villa FC are looking for girls in year 1 and reception to join their fantastic club. Training is on a Sunday morning with fun educational games. Contact Simon on 07734 527048 for more information 


2024-01-22   School Engagements

PCSOs from Leeds East NPT were out and about across Garforth and Gipton, working alongside local primary schools last Wednesday. PCSO?s Fiddler and Simpson, delivered ?Talk to the Bear? inputs at Ninelands Primary School, Garforth whilst PCSO Crawford conducted speed checks on Oakwood Lane with St Nicholas R.C Primary School. 


2024-01-22   New Restaurant for Garforth

Izgara, a new Mediterranean restaurant, is opening its doors on Main Street in Garforth on 31st January. The restaurant has spent the last few months renovating the former Barclays Bank on the high street. 


2024-01-21   Band Night

Hammonds Brass Band are playing at Kippax Band Social Club on Sunday 21st January. Entry is ?5 and the performance starts at 7.30pm 


2024-01-21   Witch Hunt

Come along to Garforth Library and One Stop Centre on Wednesday 24th January at 4.30pm for "Witch Hunt" The Dark History of the English Witch Trials. Book tickets at ticketsource.co.uk/ Leedslibraryevents 


2024-01-20   Match Off

Garforth Town?s away match against league leaders Campion on Friday night was postponed due to a frozen pitch. 


2024-01-20   GCA AGM

Garforth Community Association?s Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 22nd January at 7.30pm in the Miners? Welfare Hall. All welcome. Refreshments provided.  


2024-01-19   Touring Armour Exhibition

The Royal Armouries will be bringing some of their exhibits to Kippax Community Hub and Library on 4th March 


2024-01-19   As Good as New

Kippax War Memorial has been restored to its former glory. Local councillors, the Parish Council and Kippax Royal British Legion have jointly funded a steam clean of the stonework, as well as re-bronzing four named plaques and re-enamelling letters. The memorial was erected in the village's Garden of Remembrance in 1921. 


2024-01-18   Van Pursuit

On Monday evening police officers were patrolling Micklefield when a van, travelling at over 40mph in a 30mph late at night caught their eye. The driver didn't want to stop and following a short pursuit hot-footed it across 3 lanes of the motorway network, narrowly missed by a HGV. The van was stolen from South Yorkshire, displaying false plates, and will shortly be reunited with its owner. 


2024-01-18   Co-op Refurbishment

The Co-op store on Finkle Hill is currently undergoing a project to refurbish the existing store. Works started on 8th January with a store re-launch expected on the 29th February. 


2024-01-17   Chris Berry in Concert

Chris Berry is in Concert in Lydia?s Lounge at the New Inn in Barwick on Thursday 25th January at 8pm. Admission is free. 


2024-01-17   Miners Narrow Defeat

The Miners suffered a third defeat in four matches at the weekend, losing 1-0, as they were shut out by a well organised and hard-working Thackley side who completed the double over them. 


2024-01-16   Knit and Natter

There will be a Knit and Natter at Oliver?s Coffee Bar on High Street, Kippax on Thursday 18th January at 2pm. Everyone is welcome. 


2024-01-16   Burglary and Car Theft

Police are investigating a burglary that occurred on 5th January between 3am and 3.30am at Athlestans Court, Sherburn. A white BMW 335d Estate registration YG16 YLO was stolen with keys following the burglary. If you can assist the police, please call 101 quoting reference 12240002516. 


2024-01-15   Wise Owl Quiz

The annual Wise Owl Quiz takes place at Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Centre on Saturday 27th January. The bar open at 7pm and the Quiz starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at the Post Office priced ?8, which includes supper. 


2024-01-15   Landfill Meeting

Peckfield Landfill Site Quarterly Liaison Committee Meeting takes place on 16th January. Parish Councillors will be attending the meeting along with the site owners, Environment Agency and Leeds City Council representatives. Because of the odour issue it will be followed on 18th January with an Extraordinary meeting of the Micklefield Parish Council to discuss the results of the meeting. 


2024-01-14   Singer Wanted

Girl band Benevolent are looking for a 15-16 year old singer to join them. The band play music by the likes of offspring, cranberries, smashing pumpkins, Radiohead, muse, blink 182 etc, so someone who is comfortable singing songs of this genre would be ideal. Band practice is on a Saturday afternoon at Studio 84 in Garforth. 


2024-01-14   Champions for Air Ambulance

The Gaping Goose in Garforth raised ?11,980 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance in 2023. The famous local hostelry has raised a grand total of ?30,058 in total. 


2024-01-13   Drag Cabaret

The Sequin Stinger Tour is at Kippax Legion on Saturday 3rd February. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are ?10. For more information ring 07754 958934 


2024-01-13   Local Pool Temporarily Closing

Rothwell Leisure Centre will be closing the small and main pools from January through to April due to essential maintenance work. The small pool will close at 12.10 on Sunday 14th January with a proposed date of completion along with reopening on Monday 18th March. The main pool will close following the final session on Sunday 28th January and reopen Monday 29th April 2024. 


2024-01-12   U12 Footballers Wanted

Swillington Saints FC are looking for looking for year 7 players for their U12s team. Training is on Wednesdays at 6.30pm and matches are played on Sunday mornings. Contact Nathan on 07904 062498 for more details  


2024-01-12   Want to Play the Ukelele?

A beginners? course is starting soon at the Miners Welfare Hall for 5 Tuesdays 6.15 to 7.15pm. For more details, email ukegulp@gmail.com stating if you have a ukulele or not as there are a limited number of spares for the session. Please bring a ukulele if you have one. Age from 7/8 upwards! ?15 for course. 


2024-01-11   Coffee Morning

There is a Coffee Morning at Garforth Methodist Church on Saturday 20th January from 10am till 12am in support of WYDAN (West Yorkshire Destitute Asylum Network). All welcome. 


2024-01-11   Fruit and Vegetable Show

Kippax Open Fruit and Vegetable Show takes place at Kippax Community Centre on Gibson Lane on Saturday 31st August at 2pm.Open to everyone. 


2024-01-10   Leeds United Women Win

Leeds United Women enjoyed 4-2 home win against Doncaster Rovers Belles at the weekend. 


2024-01-10   Cinderella at Firthfields

Chaplins Gold Pantomimes present Cinderella at Firthfields Community Centre on Saturday 13th January at 3pm. Tickets are ?7 from Panto@firthfields.org. 


2024-01-09   Sister Act

Garforth Musical Society?s next production will be Sister Act. They are actively seeking new members over the age of 18 who are interested in joining them for this production.  


2024-01-09   Miners Win

Charlie Marshall hit a hat trick, as Garforth beat Frickley Athletic for the second time this season. Matt Antcliff scored the other goal, giving the Miners a 4-2 home victory. 


2024-01-08   Combined Event at Welfare Hall

Garforth Repair Caf? and Community Clothing Swap take place at the Miner?s Welfare Hall on Saturday 20th January. The Repair Caf? is 1.30 to 3pm and the Clothing Swap at 3.30 to 4.30pm. There will be entertainment from Garforth Community Choir. 


2024-01-08   Santa?s Collection Success

This year?s Garforth and District Lions Club Santa collection raised an incredible ?13,232.10, all of which will be spent supporting our community. 


2024-01-07   Ladies Night

Kippax Band Club is hosting a Ladies Night on Saturday 17th February 7pm to Midnight, in aid of the Eden Dora Trust. Tickets are ?15. 


2024-01-07   Outstanding School

Green Lane Primary Academy continues to be an Outstanding school in all five inspected categories according to its latest Ofsted report. The education watchdog said: ?The quality of the provision in early years at Green Lane Primary Academy is exceptional. This is the key strength of the school. Staff create a hugely positive environment where children are immersed in learning.? 



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