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2021-01-17   Garforth Food Bank Collection

The next food bank collection at St Mary’s Garforth will be on Monday 25th January, 2pm-3pm in the Church Car Park or drop-off to The Rectory porch before then.  


2021-01-17   Farm Fire at South Milford

A number of crews and an aerial ladder platform (ALP) were called to attend to a fire in a large barn in South Milford, Selby at around 5.30am on Friday. The incident was scaled down at around 4pm. 


2021-01-16   Bogus Police Officer Scam

North Yorkshire Police have received 6 reports from across the county where victims had received a call from a male claiming to be a police officer. In each report the name given by the fraudster and the force area they claimed to work from differed but the approach to the victim was always the same. The 'officer' would claim that they had a male in custody they believed to be the grandson/nephew etc of the person being called and that this person was in possession of their bank and credit cards. The person being called was asked to immediately call their bank or the police on 911 to verify this was genuine. This was when the potential victims realised the call was a scam as they were told not to necessarily wait for a dialling tone and to use the phone they were talking on. 


2021-01-16   Burglary in Sherburn

Between midnights and 3.45pm on 12th January a property on Pinfold Avenue, Sherburn in Elmet was broken into. The burglars broke a lock of the downstairs window to gain entry, nothing is believed to have been stolen at this time. Police are appealing for anyone with any information or CCTV in relation to this burglary to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 ref 12210017306 


2021-01-15   Parking Complaint

Police have received complaints about unsafe parking around the entrance at St Aidens nature reserve. They are monitoring the situation. 


2021-01-15   Fourth Best Covid Rates in Leeds

The coronavirus infection rate has begun to fall in Leeds for the first time since the third national lockdown was imposed. Among the Leeds areas with the lowest infection rates in the seven days to 6th January is Aberford, Barwick and Thorner which had 9 new cases in the seven days to 6th January – that is a rate of 139.6 per 100,000 people, down 55% from the previous week. 


2021-01-14   Witness Appeal for Road Accident

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seriously injured in a collision with a car in Austhorpe. The incident happened at 9.08am on Tuesday involving a black Ford Kuga, near to the junction of the A6120 Ring Road and Whitkirk Lane. The pedestrian was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by ambulance and is believed to be in a critical but stable condition. 


2021-01-14   M1 Closed After Crash

The M1 southbound was closed on Tuesday morning between junctions 47(Garforth) and 46 (Colton) following a crash. The M1 northbound was also stopped. The outside lanes in both directions were subsequently closed for central barrier inspections to take place. 


2021-01-13   M1 Lane Closures Overnight

The M1 north and south bound carriageways between junctions 47 and 46 will have lane closures for barrier repairs from 7pm on 13th January to 6am on 14th January. Two lanes will be closed on the southbound and one lane on the northbound carriageway. 


2021-01-13   Councillors Help Food Bank Again

Kippax and Methley Ward Councillors have donated a further £1500 to the Kippax Food Bank to add to their £750 donation they gave when the food bank started. This money will allow them to help people in need in surrounding villages. So anyone in Kippax, Allerton Bywater, Methley, Great Preston or Swillington that needs help should give them a ring on 07795070043 or 07594379788 


2021-01-12   Walking for Granddad

Mollie Horner, aged eight, from Micklefield will walk 20 miles in the shape of an 'M' this Saturday 16th January to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Mollie is preparing to take on her second fundraiser of the year for her granddad who received his fourth cancer diagnosis just before Christmas. 


2021-01-12   Drive Thru

Hillam-based farm shop Bert’s Barrow have reopened their drive thru service during the lockdown. The farm shop was converted into the country’s first drive-thru overnight at the beginning of the lockdown last spring. They were awarded the Deliciouslyorkshire Lockdown Legends Award for services to their Local Community. The drive-thru will be open Thursday – Saturday from 9am-4pm. 


2021-01-11   Police Advice on Avoiding Car Theft

Is your vehicle attracting thieves? Thieves are always on the lookout for any valuables left on show within a vehicle. This can include small items such as loose change in the centre console, reading/sunglasses, keys and sat nav’s. Please remember to remove all your valuables, however small, from view or place them in the boot when leaving your vehicles. Offences can take place anywhere, in a car park, at the side of the road or on your driveway. 


2021-01-11   Gas Main Repair

Northern Gas Networks have identified an “at risk” mains pipe under Leeds Road in Kippax that needs replacing to keep their service going. The work will be on the footway and carriageway and will run from Charlie Sweeps to the Junction with Valley Road near Calvert Close. It will take place from the 11/01/2021 until the 19/04/2021, weather and ground conditions permitting. Rolling two-way traffic lights will be used which will be staffed 06.30 - 19.00hrs. 


2021-01-10   Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 9th February 2021 is national and international ‘Safer Internet Day’. North Yorkshire Police are hosting another of the popular ’Ask the Experts’ evening to support Safer Internet Day. This online event will consist of a number of presentations from officers from our Cyber Crime Unit and Online Abuse & Safeguarding Unit. To register for the event visit Eventbrite.co.uk and search for 135979661829 


2021-01-10   Best Pub in Yorkshire

The Gaping Goose in Garforth has been voted the winner in the Best Pub category of the 2020 Best in Yorkshire Awards. The winners in each category were selected by the public. 


2021-01-09   Have Your Say

There are still five days left to “Have Your Say” on how much you think you should pay for policing and fire services in North Yorkshire. This year’s survey runs until Wednesday 13th January. It can be completed at www.telljulia.info  


2021-01-09   Flower Mural on Main Street

Emsleys Solicitors and Edible Garforth have been working on a project to paint a plant themed mural on the wall of Emsley Property’s Garforth Main Street branch. The project is funded by Leeds Inspired 


2021-01-08   Keep Christmas Decorations up till February

English Heritage has appealed to the public to keep decorations up until Candlemas. The charity is appealing to the public to follow the traditions of their medieval ancestors and leave festive decorations up until Candlemas on 2nd February. The tradition that it is bad luck to keep decorations up after Twelfth Night and the Epiphany is a modern invention. 


2021-01-08   Garforth Plan

Garforth Neighbourhood Planning Forum begins its Regulation 14 consultation on the Garforth Plan on 11th January. The consultation runs for 8 weeks and ends on 8th March. Garforth residents will be receiving a number of leaflets in the coming weeks, an explanation of what Regulation 14 consultation is and a summary of the plan explaining the issues being addressed. There will be directions on how to access the full 260 page Garforth Plan on the garforthplan.co.uk website. Local residents and business owners are invited to comment on the plan. 


2021-01-07   Clap for Heroes

Clap for Carers looks set to return this Thursday at 8pm, under a new name, Clap for Heroes. The weekly ritual ran for 10 weeks during the first lockdown. 


2021-01-07   Covid on the Rise

The latest Government figures show there were 2,154 coronavirus cases recorded in Leeds in the seven days to 31st December, an infection rate of 271.6 cases per 100,000 people. That's up 41.9 per cent from the previous seven day period. Kippax West is the worst affected area in LS25, it recorded 33 new cases in the seven days to December 31, that’s a rate of 478.1. It’s up 312.5% from the previous week. Garforth West recorded 18 new cases in the seven days to December 31, that’s a rate of 300.8. It’s up 157.1% from the previous week 


2021-01-06   Lotherton Hall Update

Following government guidance, Lotherton Hall Museum will remain closed, as will Wildlife World and the shop.General entry charges have been suspended and annual memberships will be extended to reflect the period of closure.  


2021-01-06   Vaccine Scam

North Yorkshire Police have been advised about a new scam that is doing the rounds, but looks very believable and therefore highly dangerous. It starts with a text, seemingly from the NHS saying that they are now eligible to apply for the new vaccine and to click on the link to apply. The link takes you to a website, which looks genuine and asks the user to complete a form asking for the following information - Name, Date of Birth, Address, Payment card details, Proof of address. As you can see from the above, this should automatically ring alarm bells, as we all know, the vaccine is FREE.  


2021-01-05   Back for 2021

C & G Starkey Family Butchers in Hillam will reopen on Tuesday 5th January to walk in customers, and deliveries will commence from Wednesday 6th January. The shop was closed before Christmas due to a Covid scare. 


2021-01-05   Schools Update

Following the announcement of a national lockdown, colleges, primary (reception onwards) and secondary schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. 


2021-01-04   Looking Forward to Christmas

The lights will be on in Hillam Square until Sunday 3rd January, and they'll be back on Saturday 4th December 2021 


2021-01-04   Christmas Cheer for Struggling Charities

British Gypsum in Sherburn In Elmet, North Yorkshire is gifting £10,000 to a number of causes, including children’s charity Barnardo’s and construction industry charity CRASH. Their gift recognises the shortfall in cash many charities have experienced due to COVID-19 and mirrors the average amount raised by British Gypsum staff in a typical ‘normal’ year. 


2021-01-03   Nightingale at the Ready

A spokesperson for NHS North East and Yorkshire said in a short statement that the 500-bed Nightingale at Harrogate Convention Centre “can take patients if required,” but did not comment on the issue of staffing. The Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate has been running a clinical imaging service since June with more than 3,000 patients receiving a diagnostic test or CT scan 


2021-01-03   Miners Fixtures Back in Lockdown

After a rise in Covid-19 infections and certain areas being placed into Tier 4 restrictions, the decision was taken by the NCEL board on Wednesday evening to suspend the league season for a second time. This means Saturday’s home match against Bridlington Town, plus next week's games against Knaresborough Town and AFC Mansfield were postponed. This will be in effect until at least 13th January at least. 


2021-01-02   Covid Leaps

There have been 1792 cases of Covid in Leeds in the seven days up to 26th December. This is 21.1 percent higher than the previous week. 109 people have been admitted to Leeds Teaching Hospitals and 21 have died in the last 7 days. Local alert level is Very High.  


2021-01-02   Santa Experience Helps Air Ambulance

Landlady Jo Heywood of the Gaping Goose has raised more than £4,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance by setting up a drive through Santa visit outside the pub. Jo and other volunteers ran the Santa experience from 9th to 22nd December and attracted thousands of visitors. 


2021-01-01   Kyllem Again

If things are back to normal, Kippax Dramatic Society plan to present last April’s cancelled Murder Mystery “Murder at Kyllem Hall” in April 2021 


2021-01-01   ONS House Price Changes

New figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal how house prices in different parts of Leeds have changed in the year ending March 2019. In Garforth and Swillington house prices had risen by seven percent. In Kippax and Methley the increase was 6 percent. In the Harewood ward prices had not changed at all. 


2020-12-31   Cash Boost for Charity

Estate Agents Manning Stainton have donated £900 to Leeds based children’s charity Zarach.org which supports children with beds, bedding and food 


2020-12-31   Local Vaccine Point

Kippax Health Centre is our local medical centre offering Covid vaccine. The priority at this time is residents in a care home for older adults and their carers and then all those aged 80 and over, plus frontline health and social care workers. Individuals will be contacted about receiving a vaccination as and when they qualify according to the priority set by the Government 


2020-12-30   Clothing Donations

There is a large plastic box for clothing donations to the Clothing Bank at St Marys Church in Micklefield. The church is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm 


2020-12-30   Internet Safety Warning

West Yorkshire Police are reminding parents that games consoles given as presents allow players to connect to the internet and talk to people all over the world, so set the controls on devices and the platform itself to keep your child safe 


2020-12-29   Leeds Festival

Next year’s festival takes place at Bramham Park from 27th to 29th August. Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Queens of the Stone Age, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Disclosure top the bill. Others on the bill include Mabel, Lewis Capaldi, Gerry Cinnamon, The Wombats and Sports Team. 


2020-12-29   Award Nomination

Kippax Band has been nominated in the annual 4barsrest Awards in the 2020 Contest Performance Of The Year category for their winning performance of ‘Endurance’ at the Yorkshire Regional Championships. The panel of judges will vote and the results will be announced on New Years Eve. 


2020-12-28   Off Road Vehicles

Did you get an Off Road Motorcycle or Quad for Christmas? You cannot ride the bike or quad on a public highway unless it is registered for the road, has suitable lighting, road tyres, MOT where applicable and must be insured to the driver who in turn must have the appropriate driving license. You cannot ride the bike on any public land such as a public path, park, nature reserve or woodland. 


2020-12-28   Kippax Baths

Kippax Swimming Pool is hoping to reopen on 11th January if water testing is successful. There are no plans to open sports hall yet. 


2020-12-27   Planning application by Wetherspoons

The Briggate public house on Main Street Garforth has submitted a planning application for the erection of a lobby to existing customer door on south elevation and an external enclosure for storage of delivery cages to southern site Boundary. Residents are asked to send any comments to planning@ leeds.gov.uk by 12 January 2021.  


2020-12-27   All Ticket Match

The limit on the number of spectators allowed at matches since the return to football last weekend has been reduced to 150, meaning Garforth Town’s next home game against Bridlington Town on Saturday 2nd January has been made all-ticket. Supporters will need to apply for tickets in advance to gain entry. This will be done on a first-come, first-served basis and only home supporters are eligible. 


2020-12-26   Kippax Dental Centre

Kippax Dental Centre has been sold to Mr Alker and Mr Slater who own Garforth Dental. They intend to turn the practice into a state of the art centre. 


2020-12-26   Police Priorities

The current police priorities in Garforth Kippax Swillington and Villages is to address public concerns of youth anti-social behaviour and issues highlighted around young people involved in the use of nitrous oxide, alcohol consumption and drugs use at the following locations: Glebelands Park, St Aidens Nature Reserve, Swillington Organic Farm and St Mary’s Church yard 


2020-12-25   A Friendly Draw

Garforth Town drew 3-3 with Scarborough Athletic in a behind-closed-doors friendly match played at York St John's College. Marshall, Barkway and Silva were on target as The Miners put in another good showing against the NPL side. 


2020-12-25   Christmas Cheers for May and Rod

May and Rod Proctor , who created the Candy Lane Christmas decorations this year have donated the collection from the event, exceeding £1,000, to Garforth and District Lions 


2020-12-24   Fears for Missing Son

A concerned dad is appealing for help from Leeds residents to find his missing teenage son who he fears is being exploited by drug gangs. Chris Perkins from Cheshire said his son Lucas went missing on Friday (18th December) and “the last we knew is that Lucas was in Garforth”. He continued: "This is a plea for help to ask anyone who may have seen Lucas to immediately report to the police on 101 or 999 if you have a location.  


2020-12-24   Appeal for Missing 79 Year Old

Police in Wakefield have issued an urgent appeal to help find a missing 79-year-old from the city centre. Diana Crean was last seen at Fieldhead Hospital at 2.30pm onTuesday, December 22. She is described as a white female, slim, 5ft4 tall and with short grey hair. She has links to the Kirklees area and Leeds and Garforth but she could have travelled further. Anyone with any information or who has seen Diana is asked to contact police on 999 quoting log 1230 of 22 December. 


2020-12-23   DPD Scam

Fraudsters are using fake DPD (parcel delivery) messages to lure victims into a phishing scam. The messages state that the recipient has missed two attempted deliveries of a parcel and provides instructions on how to arrange another delivery. The links in the messages lead to fraudulent websites that request a payment (£2 - £3) to rearrange the delivery. If the victim makes this payment, they’ll receive a phone call within a few days from someone purporting to be from their bank to inform them about suspicious transactions on their account. The victim is informed that their bank account may be compromised and is instructed to transfer their money to what they believe is an alternative secure account in order to prevent further losses. 


2020-12-23   Council Tax Hike Imminent

Leeds City Council have announced plans to hike council tax charges by 1.99 percent in April. An additional 3 percent increase is also likely to cover the cost of adult social care. If approved this will mean a 4.99 percent rise in council tax for the coming year 


2020-12-22   Investing in Police, Fire and Rescue Services

North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is asking for your view on the amount to be invested in local policing and fire and rescue services from your council tax bill next year. One of Julia Mulligan’s responsibilities is to set the precept – the amount dedicated to policing and fire and rescue from every household and every year she holds a consultation which is then part of the recommendation put to the Police, Fire and Crime Panel next month. This year’s survey runs until Wednesday 13 January. It can be completed at www.telljulia.info. 


2020-12-22   Jailed for Assault

Barry John Games, 35, of no fixed address, was jailed for 16 weeks in prison because he assaulted a woman in Sherburn-in-Elmet. He admitted the offence. He must pay her £75 compensation, and a £122 statutory surcharge and is also subject to a two-year restraining order banning him from contacting the woman in any way. 


2020-12-21   Public Survey on Lotherton Hall

Leeds City Council are conducting a public consultation on Lotherton Hall and Thwaite Watermill. Residents are being asked their views on whether the council should reduce public opening hours at the sites. The council would save £67,000 if the Hall, not the grounds, was open on weekends and school holidays only. The survey can be found on the council website leeds.gov.uk until midnight on Monday 4th January 


2020-12-21   Miners Hit Number Two Spot

Garforth Town won 2-0 away at Grimsby Borough in front of a crowd of 125 to go second in the league in time for Christmas. Sam Denton gave Garforth the lead on 35 minutes with his second goal in successive games. Dan Coupland wrapped up the win with his second goal against Grimsby this season, to put Town almost top of the tree for Christmas. 


2020-12-20   Raffle Boost

Monk Fryston Preschool has raised £211 for preschool resources from their raffle. They thank the people who donated prizes and everyone who bought tickets. Prize winners will be contacted. 


2020-12-20   Jailed for Handling Stolen Goods

A lorry driver who had a stolen JCB digger strapped to the back of his vehicle refused to give both a breath and blood sample when requested by officers in Chesterfield. David Parsons of Queensway, Garforth, Leeds, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, failing to provide a specimen of breath, failing to provide a specimen of blood, possession of a bladed article, driving without insuring and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. He was jailed for 24 months and banned from driving for 30 months. 


2020-12-19   Good Neighbour Survey

Sherburn residents are being asked to take part in a 15 minute survey by British Gypsum to help them understand what is important to residents in their local communities, what British Gypsum can do to support residents and their local communities, and how they can be a good neighbour. They are also offering the opportunity to win a £100 shopping voucher as a thank you for taking part. British Gypsum have a site on Fenton Lane 


2020-12-19   Low Covid Areas

Areas of Leeds with less than three cases of Covid reported in the last seven days include Kippax West. Areas with low infection rates ie an infection rate of between 10 and 49 cases per 100,000 people, include Aberford, Barwick and Thorner with just 3 cases. 


2020-12-18   Coming to Town

Santa will be visiting Micklefield in his sleigh from 4pm onwards on Saturday 19th December. Unfortunately this year children will not be able to sit with him but can stand nearby for a photograph. 


2020-12-18   Green Bin Break

Selby District Council have announced that green garden waste collections are being suspended for two weeks this year – they’ll stop across the district from Tuesday 22nd December until Friday 1st January inclusive. And then will restart on Tuesday 5th January. 


2020-12-17   Closed for the Day

The car park and permissive footpaths at Fairburn Ings will be closed for essential maintenance on Thursday, 17th December. Please enjoy St Aidan's instead - car park, toilets and takeaway refreshments will be available. 


2020-12-17   Christmas Jumper Day

On Friday 18th December students will be able to attend Sherburn High School in non-uniform (dig out those Christmas jumpers and reindeer headpieces!). School will close to students at noon, with a staggered end to the day and school buses running. School will reopen to students on Tuesday 5th January 2021. 


2020-12-16   Ready to Go

Garforth Town FCs' season will resume with a trip to Grimsby Borough on 19th December, followed by a Boxing day game at Knaresborough. 


2020-12-16   Drive Through Santa

Landlady Joanne Heywood at the Gaping Goose pub in Garforth has created a drive-thru Santa Visit that has attracted hundreds of people from around the city. People attending the event are greeted by the elpers (elf helpers) at the entrance of the car park, they also hand them gifts and Santa, who is stood on the decking area, gives then a wave. No one has to leave the car or vehicle. It runs from Monday to Friday starting at 2:45pm till 4:30pm. 


2020-12-15   Covid Vaccinations

The NHS is currently experiencing very high call volumes from people looking to book a vaccination. Unfortunately vaccinations are by invitation only at this stage to ensure that priority recipients receive their jabs first. Your doctor or hospital consultant will contact you when it is your turn. Meanwhile keep safe. Being careful for 10 months then catching it at Christmas is not a smart thing to do 


2020-12-15   Reese is a Real Life Santa

Dad of two Reese Fletcher, 29, from Kippax, has raised £3,400 by selling 260 wooden Christmas trees to buy nine trolleys of children’s toys for charity. He turned piles of leftover wood into flat Christmas trees and sold 260 at £10 each in ten days. Then he went to Smyth’s in Leeds with £3400 to spend on toys. The shop gave him a 10 percent discount so he went back in and spent that discount on more. All the gifts were placed in the charity box outside Malcom’s Butchers in Leeds Market. All of the toys outside the shop will be given to children from families being supported by the city's drug and alcohol service. 


2020-12-14   Well Done Santa

A Santa Walk around Swillington village last week, raised a staggering £1308-31 for St Mary's Church in Swillington 


2020-12-14   Recycling Christmas Trees

Globe Not for Profit have announced they will be Christmas Tree collecting and recycling again this year. It was looking doubtful but support and demand has been high in the last 4 years and people have already been asking to book again. They cover Kippax, Garforth, Micklefield, Aberford, Allerton Bywater, Great Preston, Swillington and charge £5 per tree. Collection will be on Sunday 10th to Wednesday 13th January. 


2020-12-13   Beware Sneak Thieves

Residents are being warned to be vigilant after an elderly woman’s home was burgled. Officers were sent to a home in Kippax last Tuesday and found the suspect nearby. Police advise that you lock your doors and keep valuables out of sight. 


2020-12-13   Tigers Gift to Local Schools

In an effort to recognise and reward pupils in the area after a tough year, Castleford Tigers Foundation have been helping to organise the distribution of over 300 Castleford Tigers home shirts to give to deserving pupils in local schools. Schools involved in the giveaway included Castleford Park Junior Academy, Castleford Academy, Airedale Infant School, Aberford Primary School, Swillington Primary School, Kippax Greenfield Primary School, Airedale Junior School, Airedale Academy, Lady Elizabeth Hastings Primary School and Oyster Park Primary School. 


2020-12-12   HMRC Scam Warning

This week a North Yorkshire resident received a scam call from fraudsters claiming to be from the HMRC. The victim was told she owed money for outstanding tax and if she did not pay she would be arrested. Over a number of intimidating phone calls she made several transactions totalling over £60,000. Never transfer money on the request of a phone call from someone you do not know and if you are ever asked to lie to your bank or the police as to why you are transferring money, it is a scam. 


2020-12-12   Solar Plans Revealed

Plans have been revealed to build a giant renewable energy park covering 50 hectares of land in between Kippax and Allerton Bywater. If approved, Barnsdale solar energy park would provide enough electricity for 12,000 family homes. A decision on the scheme is anticipated in the first quarter of 2021 


2020-12-11   Sherburn Craft Food Festival

Organisers of Sherburn in Elmet Craft Food Festival are hoping to hold the 3 day event over the August Bank Holiday in 2021.  


2020-12-11   A Helping Hand

Kippax Co-op has donated £250 worth of food to the Kippax Food Bank. Also, Brigshaw School have said all proceeds from their Xmas jumper day next Friday will be in aid of Kippax Food Bank with £1 donated by everyone who wears a Christmas jumper. 


2020-12-10   A Wheatsheaf Christmas Meal

Elmet Lions and The Wheatsheaf Pub with support Sherburn Coronavirus Action Group are providing fifty local residents with a free Christmas dinner if they are in need this year. The meals will be delivered from noon on Christmas Day. Call 01977 681828 for more details. 


2020-12-10   Garforth Christmas Market

Garforth Community Lights Committee is holding a Christmas Market in the car park behind Barclays Bank on Saturday 12th December from 9am to 3pm and on Sunday 13th from 10am to 3pm. 


2020-12-09   It’s the Food Band

Kippax Band is hosting Kippax Food Bank in its rehearsal hall in collaboration with local councils and businesses. It will be open on Saturdays until 30th January. For more details call 07594 379788 or 07795 070043 for more details 


2020-12-09   Ollie’s Challenge for MND

Ollie Holmes of Castleford Tigers completed his 7th 100km ride in 7 days in aid of Rob Burrow at the Cross Keys, Hillam on Monday, raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Charity, supporting the great efforts of Kevin Sinfield. 


2020-12-08   Into the Green

In Leeds, 24 areas now have a Covid infection case rate of lower than 100 and below the national average. The case rates are expressed as a figure out of 100,000 people, based on cases over a seven day average, up to 1st December. In the LS25 area Garforth South, Swillington and Little Preston now has a rate of 88.41 per 100,000. 


2020-12-08   Teenager Jailed for Drug Dealing

A teenager who set up and ran a “cottage industry” supplying cocaine and cannabis has been jailed. Thomas Lee Mitton, 19, sent out bulk messages via his phone to more than 60 drug users advertising his wares. Mitton, of Highfield Villas, Sherburn-in-Elmet, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply them, his first convictions. He was jailed for two years at York Crown Court sitting in Leeds. 


2020-12-07   Speed Checked in Swillington

On the 1st and 2nd December, Officers from the Leeds District Off Road Bike Team deployed to Astley Lane in Swillington to conduct speed checks following increased community concerns regarding speeding at the location. A motorist was issued with a Traffic Offence Report for speeding at 47mph in a 30mph zone and a total of four verbal warnings were given to motorists. 


2020-12-07   Santa at Lotherton

Lotherton Hall is bringing back its Christmas Experience for a fifth year but with Santa and his elves taking up residence in the Elf Village this year. There is an opportunity to meet Father Christmas in his cabin, while for slightly older children the experience also includes a chance to take home some magical reindeer food for Rudolph and post a letter to the North Pole, as well as hearing stories and elf tales. 


2020-12-06   New Books for Hungate School

Elmet Lions have teamed up with Wincanton Logistics and Sainsbury’s to jointly present a cheque for £1,200 to Hungate Primary School, which will provide new books and reading programme for their library. 


2020-12-06   Merry Window Display

The trophy for this year’s Christmas Window Display on Kippax High Street goes to Paul Flintoft’s Traditional Family Butchers. Highly commended was Dodgsons Funeral Directors. 


2020-12-05   Covid Test Scam

North Yorkshire Police are warning of a scam where the telephone caller states that you have been near a Covid positive case and asks you to purchase a Covid test over the phone. Do not pass on your banking details or purchase a test. Contact NHS 111 for Covid information. 


2020-12-05   Aberford Christmas Trail

Aberford C of E School PTA has announced that ‘The Aberford Christmas Trail’ is coming to the village from 1st -18th December and is open to anyone in the village. It involves a walk around the village to visit 9 Christmas themed houses. They will each have a letter on display in their windows, along with Santa’s missing reindeer! Trail maps are available from 15 Beckside from Tuesday 1st for a £2.50 donation. Return a completed map and get a prize. All profits go directly to the school 


2020-12-04   Carol Singing

St Mary’s Kippax will be holding outdoor carol singing on Christmas Eve between 11am and 1pm. Social distancing will be observed. 


2020-12-04   Unhealthiest Parts of Leeds

Experts from Leeds University have pinpointed which parts of the city are likely to damage your health ranking areas on a number of criteria, including access to fast food restaurants, pubs, health services, air quality, leisure facilities and gambling outlets. Amongst the 5 most unhealthy areas are the villages of Scholes, Barwick in Elmet, Aberford and Micklefield. Analysis of the data reveals it is a lack of health and leisure services that is behind their poor showing. Surprisingly, they have also been deemed to have a shortage of green space and surprisingly poor air quality 


2020-12-03   Keep Moving Around Kippax

Kippax Parish Council has created a new guide about keeping active and enjoying the local community. The Keep Moving Around Kippax guide features walking routes, information about local nature reserves and other local facilities that are available for everyone to enjoy. The guide which was funded by the LS25 and LS26 Care Partnership, will be delivered in the next week and is also available on the parish council website 


2020-12-03   Parish Councillor Vacancies

There are currently two vacancies on Micklefield Parish Council due to insufficient nominations at the election in May 2019. The council can now fill the vacancies by co-option. If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor, please write to the parish council and include a few details of why you would like to become a councillor. Deadline for written applications is Wednesday 22nd January 2021 


2020-12-02   Have Your Say Invitation

Young people between 13 and 21 years old are being invited to help advise the West Yrkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner on policing and community safety by joining his Youth Advisory Group. Members of the can express their views and opinions on local policing matters, communication campaigns, strategies and much more. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact consultation@ westyorkshire.pnn. police.uk 


2020-12-02   Growing the School

Sherburn Hungate School in Sherburn-in-Elmet is undergoing a £2.5 million refurbishment and extension to almost double capacity and meet growing population demands. The primary school, which is run by the Sherburn, Tadcaster and Rural - Multi-Academy Trust, currently has 243 pupils and will be have capacity grow to 446 once the work is complete in April 2021. 


2020-12-01   Rail is the Answer

Elmet MP Alec Shelbrooke called for a freight rail transport system to move goods between Liverpool and Hull to boost the local economy in a Westminster Hall debate on infrastructure in the North. 


2020-12-01   Flood Closes Selby Road

Selby Road (A63) was shut near Swillington Common yesterday morning, with half the road underwater after a water main burst. Police closed the eastbound approach to the roundabout where Selby Road meets Wakefield Road (A642). Part of the roundabout itself was also blocked, with the left side of the roundabout un-passable.  


2020-11-30   Sponsor the Tigers

Garforth Tigers are looking for local businesses to sponsor them in 2021. For just £50 you can be one of just 20 sponsors appearing on the new training top for the 2021 season. Visit garforthtigers.com/ sponsorship for more details 


2020-11-30   Tangoed

As part of the #orangetheworld campaign, in conjunction with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, the spire of St Mary’s Garforth will remain orange until 10th December, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Garforth Elmet. 


2020-11-29   St Mary’s Foodbank Collections

The next foodbank collections at St Mary’s Garforth will be on Monday 14th December and Monday 4th January. Both will be from 2pm-3.30pm in the Church Car Park or drop off to The Rectory before then. 


2020-11-29   A Christmas Serenade

Would you like to have 6 members of Kippax Band play carols on your doorstep (subject to covid restrictions)? This offer is available for the weekend 19th &20th December 2020 for residents of Kippax village and surrounding areas who donate £50 or more to their crowdfunding appeal to raise £5,000 for their trip to compete in the National Finals in Cheltenham in September 2021. Visit the band’s facebook page for more details. 



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