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2022-01-23   Open Mic Night

Kippax Band Social Club is holding an Open Mic Night every Wednesday from 7.30 to 10.30pm. Any style, any instrument, any level is welcome. Come along and listen or take part. Everyone is welcome. 

 

2022-01-23   To Buy or Not to Buy

Kippax Parish Council are looking at the possibility of buying Kippax Central WMC as a community asset. Once reopened, the intention is that Kippax Central will generate its own income to cover the running costs of the building and also contribute to the repayments of the purchase loans where possible. To fund the purchase the parish council is proposing an increase in precept of £10.40 per annum. They are conducting a survey to determine local feeling for the project. 

 

2022-01-22   Stolen Bikes Recovered

At the beginning of December 2021, Officers from Inner East Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team seized a large quantity of bicycles from a premise in the Burmantofts and Richmond Hill ward. Officers suspect the bicycles to be stolen, a total of six have been identified to date as stolen and the owners have been appraised of their recovery. Inner East Leeds NPT still have several bicycles, which they need to identify the owners of. If you believe one the of the following bikes may belong to you, please contact 101 quoting crime reference 13210622418 and request contact from PCSO Johnson. 

 

2022-01-22   Two Victories in a Row

Garforth Town came out on top 3-1 against Hemsworth at the Bannister Prentice Stadium on Friday evening. Hemsworth had a player sent off, but Charlie Marshall, Jamie Barkway and Joe Colley were the players that earned Garforth three points and made it two wins on the trot. 

 

2022-01-21   All Change at Post Office

The new owners of Monk Fryston Post Office and Stores, Karen and Adrian Bullock, took over control of the store on Monday 17th January. 

 

2022-01-21   20 MPH Defeat

Calls to introduce a default 20mph speed limit in built-up areas across North Yorkshire have again been unanimously dismissed. A meeting of North Yorkshire County Council’s executive saw a series of changes to the authority’s 20mph policy and agreement among all the leading councillors that a targeted approach to low speed zones be continued as a blanket approach could cost up to £12m to introduce, leading to a council tax hike. 

 

2022-01-20   Join KAOS

Kippax Amateur Operatic Society will be performing again on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May 2022 at St Mary's Church Hall in Kippax. New performers and off-stage helpers are very welcome. Come and join them, find out all about it at 8pm on Thursday 3rd February at Gibson Lane Community Centre. 

 

2022-01-20   It's a Date

Garforth Towns' postponed home game against Barton Town has now been re-scheduled for Tuesday 1st February, kick-off 7.45pm. 

 

2022-01-19   GCA AGM

Garforth Community Association Annual General Meeting takes place at 7.30pm on Monday 24th January 

 

2022-01-19   No Rush to Castleford

Rush hour trains were cancelled between Leeds and Castleford on Tuesday evening due to freight train breaking down and blocking line at Woodlesford. 

 

2022-01-18   Showtime

Every third Saturday of the month is showtime at Swillington Miners Welfare and Social Club. Entry is £5, pay on the door and shows run from 7.30pm to midnight. 

 

2022-01-18   Swimming Pool Closed

Due to an unforeseen issue with the pool plant room, the pool at Kippax may have to be closed until the end of February. Swimming lessons have been moved to Rothwell Leisure Centre for the time being. 

 

2022-01-17   Back to Winning Ways

Garforth got back that winning feeling on Saturday with a 3-1 win at Knaresborough. Jed Zanos, Lee Turner and Hass Gorji scored to seal the win. 

 

2022-01-17   Check That

Police officers attended New Sturton Lane, Garforth last week and carried out speed checks following complaints by local residents about speeding at school leaving time. Most drivers were travelling within the speed limit but two drivers were warned, being slightly over the speed limit 

 

2022-01-16   End of an Era

The Bird in Hand public house in Garforth will be closing for the last time on Sunday 16th January.  

 

2022-01-16   Painting the Railings

Leeds City Council are funding the painting of railings outside the post office and seats near Crosshills roundabout in Kippax. The work begins next week. 

 

2022-01-15   Cyclist Injured in Crash

A cyclist on a mountain bike was left seriously injured following a crash in Leeds. The crash involving the cyclist and a black Audi A6 estate happened shortly before 12.50pm on Friday on the A656 Barnsdale Road. West Yorkshire Police are appealing to people who witnessed the crash or anyone who may have dashcam footage. 

 

2022-01-15   Gaping Goose Helps Air Ambulance

Jo Heywood, of the Gaping Goose in Garforth, has raised more than £12,000 for the life-saving charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance after a series of fundraising events this year. The events included spooky, Halloween themed events, raffles, quiz nights, Christmas and New Year's Eve parties, as well as a meet Santa Claus event for children. 

 

2022-01-14   On the Buses

Following the Governments National Bus Strategy, North Yorkshire County Council are wanting to gain feedback from people in the county (whether they use buses or not) about how they can create better bus services. A report containing the feedback will be sent to the County Council’s Executive in March with the changes coming into effect from 1st April 2022. Take part online before the 7th February to get your opinions heard by visiting the northyorks.gov.uk website. 

 

2022-01-14   A Very Merry Christmas Collection

Garforth and District Lions collected £12,635 from their Santa touring the streets in the run up to this Christmas. The money will be used to fund local good causes and events 

 

2022-01-13   Pavilion Windfall

Persimmon’s Community Champions scheme has awarded Swillington Miners Welfare £1000. The cash will be put towards a new pavilion. 

 

2022-01-13   Garforth Station Footbridge Application

A listed building application (21/10233/LI) has been submitted for the erection of a new Beacon footbridge (with steps and lift towers) including enhanced link to Aberford Road, Garforth, dismantling of the existing footbridge and installation of temporary footbridge as part of the Access for All scheme at the train station. 

 

2022-01-12   Shop Theft Arrests

East Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Teams Officers arrested two suspects last weekend, who have evaded arrest for a number of weeks. Inner and Outer East NPT worked together to arrest the suspects, who were wanted on warrant and suspicion of Theft from Shop offences across East Leeds. 

 

2022-01-12   Unlucky 13

Kippax East, Micklefield and Allerton Bywater has 149 cases of Covid. This number is up 54, which is an infection rate of 2,212.3 per 100,000 people, placing it in the top 13 affected areas in Leeds at this time 

 

2022-01-11   Learn to Swim

Carol Saunders Swim School is available for booking at Holiday Inn, Garforth for juniors and adults. Classes are available on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday. Call 01757 709703 for more details. 

 

2022-01-11   Sherburn Gala

Sherburn in Elmet Gala will take place at the Eversley Park on Saturday 21st May 2022. Further details to be announced. If you can volunteer for the event, please contact the Gala Association. 

 

2022-01-10   Tree Disposal Service

Aberford farmer Ian Prentice has thanked local people for donating their Christmas trees for his goats and donkeys to eat. The animals enjoy the roughage in the trees. Ian runs Ian’s Mobile Farm which tours local schools. 

 

2022-01-10   Washout

Garforth Town’s home game against Barton Town on Saturday was called off due to a waterlogged pitch following a 10.30am pitch inspection. 

 

2022-01-09   Kippax Masters

Kippax Masters Rugby League team are currently recruiting new players. Are you 35+ and fancy training and playing with a great mix of players, no experience needed just a love for rugby league? If so, please contact David Cassidy on 07770742934 

 

2022-01-09   Warnings on Main Street

On Wednesday 5th January, PCSO’s from the Outer East Neighbourhood Policing Teams were conducting proactive patrols on Main Street in Garforth, to address community concerns raised regarding anti-social behaviour and criminality. Several young people were stopped and spoken to regarding their conduct and behaviour, the youths were dispersed but returned a short time later. Officers visited the parents of those involved, a Public Order offence was recorded and actioned as per the victims wishes by way of verbal warnings. 

 

2022-01-08  

Coronavirus rates in Leeds are rising very quickly as more and more areas start to see infections soar to previously unseen levels. According to the latest available data up to 28th December, there are now 26 areas of Leeds with more than 1,600 cases per 100,000 people. The 26 worst hit areas do not currently include any LS25 communities 

 

2022-01-08   School Selection Deadline

The deadline to apply for primary school places for September 2022 is looming and affected families are advised to submit their preferences by 15th January. Offers of places are made in the week commencing 19th April 

 

2022-01-07   Foodbank Collection

The next foodbank collection at St Mary’s Garforth is on Monday 10th January in St Mary's car park 2 -3 pm 

 

2022-01-07   New Litter Bins

New litter bins will soon be installed on Kippax High Street. If anyone know of any existing bins around Kippax that need replacing with the existing High Street ones, once they are refurbished, they should notify the parish council otherwise they will be installed in additional new locations that have been identified as needing a bin. 

 

2022-01-06   Man Stabbed in Burglary

Detectives are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary during which a man was stabbed. At 12.23am on Tuesday morning, police received a call reporting that four masked men, armed with guns and knives, had broken into an address in Sirocco Avenue, Allerton Bywater, and threatened the occupants and demanded money. A man in his twenties received a stab wound to the leg. Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13220003587 

 

2022-01-06   Welcome Back Fund

Sherburn-in-Elmet village centre is getting a series of improvements through partnership working which spans the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, Selby District Council, Sherburn-in-Elmet Parish Council and Sherburn-in-Elmet Community Trust. The cash has been distributed by the Government to local authorities and £80,400 has been made available for Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn-in-Elmet. 

 

2022-01-05   Fallen Tree

A fallen tree on the Lines footpath has been reported to Leeds City Council, who have confirmed they will remove it as soon as possible. 

 

2022-01-05   Injured Elderly Woman Dies

Police investigating a road traffic collision on the A1M Northbound carriageway near junction 44 in the Aberford area have released an updated appeal for witnesses after the elderly woman seriously injured in it passed away in hospital. Joan Croucher, who was 97 and from the Filey area died on Monday. Joan was a passenger in a silver Volkswagen Polo, which was travelling southbound on the Northbound carriageway when it was in collision with a red Vauxhall Combo van at about 3pm on 30 December. 

 

2022-01-04   Wetherspoons Job Vacancies

Wetherspoons are currently recruiting for both full and part time kitchen staff at The Briggate, in Garforth, Main Street. Starting hourly rate is £9.65. The vacancy closes on 8th January 2022. Apply online via the jdwetherspooncareers website 

 

2022-01-04   New Year's Fire

Fire fighters from Garforth, Pontefract, Castleford, Normanton, Stanningley, Cookeridge and Selby attended a huge tyre fire at a farm near Knottingley on New Year’s Day. Crews were called at 5.30am to tackle the blaze. 

 

2022-01-03   Wannasee Festival

The Wannasee Festival is coming to Leeds, on Saturday 13th August 2022, in Temple Newsam Park, featuring some of the finest tribute bands in the country. For early bird tickets visit bit.ly/Wleeds22 

 

2022-01-03   Covid Bites

The Crown at Monk Fryston has been forced to close due to staff having to isolate. They will reopen on Thursday 6th January. New opening hours for January and February will be announced soon. 

 

2022-01-02   Christmas Rail Improvements

Major upgrade works began on Christmas Day at Leeds train station with bus replacements. The work that will finish on 3rd January will see a complete remodel of the tracks between platforms 4 and 6. 

 

2022-01-02   A1M Collision Appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious injury during a collision on the A1M northbound carriageway near Bramham. A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said the incident, at about 3pm on Thursday 30th December, saw a silver Volkswagen Polo, travelling on the wrong carriageway, in collision with a red Vauxhall Combo van, about a mile from Junction 44 in the Aberford area. A woman in her nineties, who was a passenger in the Polo, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact the Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting log 861 of 30 December. 

 

2022-01-01   Targeting Main Street

The police will be conducting targeted patrols on Main Street in Garforth and the surrounding streets, following increased reports of youth related anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance and drugs use. 

 

2022-01-01   Steep Covid Rise

Covid cases in many areas of Leeds are on the rise, with infection rates spiking. The Leeds areas with the highest infection rates in the seven days to 23rd December based on Government data. Include Kippax East, Micklefield and Allerton Bywater which has a Covid infection rate of 1336.3. That number is up 95.7% from the previous week, when the case rate was 683. 

 

2021-12-31   All Change at Post Office

o allow for prepping handover of the businesses - the Monk Fryston Post Office and stores will close at 1pm Christmas Eve and reopen 31st December. It will then close for the New Year bank hols 1-3rd January and reopen on 4th January. 

 

2021-12-31   Helping the Air Ambulance

A Garforth landlady is "over the moon" after smashing a £10,000 fundraising target for charity this Christmas. Jo Heywood, of the Gaping Goose in Garforth, has been hosting events throughout the year to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. In total, the pub has raised £11,175.51 as of Monday, 27th December. 

 

2021-12-30   Disappointing End to Year

Garforth suffered a 2-0 defeat to Thackley AFC in their final game of 2021 in front of a crowd of 275 at the Bannister Prentice Stadium. Jamie Barkway was sent off in the first half to add to Towns' woes. 

 

2021-12-30   Parking Solution Fury

Residents on Ringway in Garforth are up in arms after Leeds City Council introduced parking restrictions preventing parking on the road between 8am and 10am and 2pm to 4pm and refused to give affected residents parking permits. The rules were introduced to solve parking problems caused by sixth formers and parents of students at Garforth Academy. In response to the complaints from residents the Council says resident permit schemes are not used to resolve school parking concerns 

 

2021-12-29   Ahead of the Game

75.1 percent of people in Garforth East have now had the booster Covid jab. Nationally just 48.9 percent of people in England have now had the booster jab. 

 

2021-12-29   Man Dies in Crash

A man has died after his car crashed into a channel of water. The incident took place near Sherburn shortly after 10.30pm on Monday 27th December. A 21-year-old Barnsley man died when his car left the Bishopdyke Road stretch of the B1222 near the junction with New Lennerton Lane. A second man, also aged in his 20s, sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital. The 21-year-old died at the scene. Police are appealing to anyone who saw a green Renault Clio travelling towards Sherburn in the minutes leading up to the incident and to anyone who witnessed or passed the incident, to contact them. 

 

2021-12-28   B1222 and Sherburn Stories

Sherburn in Elmet Local History Society is giving a talk on The B1222 and Sherburn Stories, presented by David Lewis on 18th January 2022. Meeting starts at 8.15pm in the Parish Church Hall. Everyone is welcome (Non members £3 entry at the door) 

 

2021-12-28   Platinum Scarecrows

As part of the Queen’s platinum Jubilee Kippax Parish Council is holding a Scarecrow Festival on the theme of Royalty on Saturday 4th June. 

 

2021-12-27   Making Life Better

Workers at the British Gypsum at Sherburn in Elmet did a bake sale that raised £1451 for charity. All six of the manufacturer’s sites joined in the fundraising efforts, raising £8,572 to help the CRASH charity fund a further 25 construction projects that support homelessness charities and hospices. CRASH brings together industry partners to donate time, funding and resources to make life better for vulnerable people 

 

2021-12-27   See Joe Medlock

Come and enjoy a fantastic afternoon of Big Band Music at 3:30pm on Sunday 2nd January at Swillington Miners Sports and Social Club. Hear Joe Medlock sing the songs of Michael Buble. Tickets are only £7, under 16's are free 

 

2021-12-26   Twixmas Cancelled

The Twixmas social event at Sherburn and villages community library on 29th December has been cancelled because of the Covid situation. 

 

2021-12-26   Meetings to Move Online

Due to the recent rise in Covid-19 variants, the planned East Leeds Police and Communities Together Meetings, will revert to online meetings in January and February 2022. This will be re-assessed in February 2022, dependant on the Covid-19 situation further public meetings in the months following, may be changed to online platforms. 

 

2021-12-25   Santa Lives in Yorkshire

Every year for the last decade John Tearney has transformed himself into “the real Father Christmas” for the festivities and is now joined by Mrs Claus – his fiancée Rachael Pennell, 45, who he is marrying next year – and John’s son Luke, 19, who is working with them as an elf. As head of the Claus family in residence at Lotherton Hall near Aberford, where they are providing a wonderland of experiences throughout the festive season, John said: “All the little kids think I’m the real Santa”. 

 

2021-12-25   Closing till New Year

Fields Garden Centre and Kitchen in Sherburn has announced it will be closed from Christmas Day until the New Year, due to the confusing and indecisive action taken by the government. Fields Garden Centre will re-open 3rd January, 9-5pm with a huge January sale. Fields Kitchen will re-open 8th january, 9-5pm depending on government advice / rules. We will still be closed Mondays for the foreseeable. 

 

2021-12-24   Bungalow Blaze

Fire fighters from Garforth, Killingbeck and Leeds attended a blaze at a bungalow in Temple Newsam in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  

 

2021-12-24   Robbery Appeal

Police are appealing for information following a robbery at a convenience store in Leeds which is being linked to a similar incident the previous day. At 7.37am on Thursday, police were called to a robbery at the Tesco Express, in Park Lane, Allerton Bywater. The suspect left the scene in a red Skoda Octavia VRS, which is believed to be the same vehicle used in a robbery at Tesco Express, in Wakefield Road, Swillington, at about 6.20pm on Wednesday. The car was subsequently found burnt out in Lister Court, Doncaster. 

 

2021-12-23   County Cup Exit

Jed Zanos was on target with a consolation for the Miners, but three first half goals for National League North neighbours Farsley Celtic proved too big a hurdle for Garforth Town in this mid week County Cup second round cup tie at Farsley .  

 

2021-12-23   Keeping Quiet About It

Micklefield Primary School leaders have refused to release health and safety inspection findings to staff. Staff at the school have reportedly been kept in the dark about the findings of a health and safety inspection, with the governing body and three successive headteachers refusing to share the document. 

 

2021-12-22   Boxing Day for a Pound

Single ticket bus travel across West Yorkshire will cost just £1 this Boxing Day. West Yorkshire Combined Authority will be funding these bus services. Under 19’s can travel free if with an adult and of course all bus passes and MCards will work as normal. 

 

2021-12-22   Carol Service Cancelled

The carols be candlelight service and Christmas Eve crib service at St Mary’s Micklefield has been cancelled because of the current Covid situation 

 

2021-12-21   New Year Buses on First

There will be a normal Saturday service running daily from Wednesday 29th until Friday 31st December when buses stop running at 8pm. No services will operate on New Year’s Day, with the Sunday timetable in place on Sunday 2nd January and Monday 3rd January. 

 

2021-12-21   Bird Spotting Lesson

Get up close to nature and learn all there is to know about garden birds this January in preparation for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Join the experts on a walk around RSPB Fairburn Ings and see how many different garden birds you can spot and learn about their different behaviours. The event is on Sunday 23rd January from 8am to 10am. Event attendance for members is £10 adult/£4 child; and £12 adult/£5 child for non-members. 

 

2021-12-20   Victim of A63 Lorry Crash Named

The identity of a Leeds man who sadly died following a collision with a HGV has been revealed. Steve Moore, 72, from Rothwell, died at the scene of the collision on December 2 on the A63, Selby Road, in Micklefield. The passenger in the car, a 70-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries in the collision and was rushed to hospital. 

 

2021-12-20   Foggy Ending

Garforth Town’s home game against Handsworth on Saturday was abandoned at the start of the second half because of fog. The Miners were leading 2-0 at the time with first half goals from Dan Coupland and Joe Colley. 

 

2021-12-19   Parish Councillor Wanted

Monk Fryston Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor. If residents wish to hold an election for a new councillor this will take place on 14th March, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option 

 

2021-12-19   Christmas Bus Services on First

First Leeds has announced its festive season timetable in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year. The current weekday services will run as usual from Monday 20th December but buses will stop running at the earlier time of 8pm on Christmas Eve. There is no service on Christmas Day and a special timetable will operate on Boxing Day. A Sunday timetable will then operate on Monday 27th December and Tuesday 28th December. 

 

2021-12-18   Keeping it in the Family

The Labour Party candidate for Beeston and Holbeck Ward in the May 2022 election, Annie Maloney, is the daughter of Mirelle Midgley, a Councillor for Kippax and Methley Ward. 

 

2021-12-18   Tough World

Aberford based author Chris Berry has released a new crime thriller which has been compared to popular million-selling author Lee Child. His latest novel is called Tough World and is set in Australia and the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu where Chris has holidayed. Chris will be signing copies at Langlands on York Road, Leeds on Saturday, 18th December from 10am. 

 

2021-12-17   20’s Plenty

Monk Fryston Parish Council have voted to support the 20’s Plenty campaign for 20 mph speed limit on the A63 through the village 

 

2021-12-17   Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty

Police found large amounts of cannabis and more than £3,000 in cash when they searched a drug dealer's home in Summerhill Road, Garforth. Jordan Coates pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply and was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also made the subject of a curfew for one month and ordered to complete ten rehabilitation activity requirement days. 

 

2021-12-16   Delivering Christmas

Mum-of-12 Kath Hawkins from Kippax who has worked as a delivery driver for around 20 years says she is currently handing over at least 250 parcels per day for Hermes as Christmas draws closer. She works with her 18-year-old daughter Lily. Kath and Lily are currently working 11-hour days to keep up with demand. The pair often leave home at 7.30am, and it can be 6.30 in the evening before they are back. 

 

2021-12-16   Not a Rebel

Local MP Alec Shelbrooke voted this week for Mandatory NHS Jabs, Covid passes and Face coverings, fully supporting the introduction of all the public health measures aimed at tackling the spread of Covid-19. 

 

2021-12-15   On the Mark

Monk Fryston CE primary school has achieved the Primary Science Quality Mark. The award recognises primary schools that have demonstrated a significant commitment to science learning, teaching and leadership 

 

2021-12-15   Christmas Bin Collection Details

From 20th December to 25th December, bin collections will take place one day earlier. From Monday 27th to Friday 31st December the collection days will be back to normal and the collection on 1st January will take place on Sunday 2nd January 

 

2021-12-14   Job Vacancy

Valentinos Garforth are seeking an experienced cashier to work in our pizza shop, with an immediate start. The job can be Part- time or Full-time. This is a Night shift position (4:45pm-10:45pm). The salary is minimum wage but may increase upto £10 an hour. Applicants must be at least 17. Call 07474335432 for more information. 

 

2021-12-14   Band on the Drive

Kippax brass band are offering a limited amount of carols on the drive again this December. Unfortunately they are now fully booked. The personal appearances are part of a £2000 crowdfunding campaign towards the running of the band 

 

2021-12-13   Road Closure

Lidgett Lane, Garforth is closed due to Yorkshire Water works on Sunday 12th and Monday, 13th December between 8am and 6pm each day affecting bus services 19 and 19A 

 

2021-12-13   Lawn Mower Theft

On Saturday the 11th December at 6pm burglars were disturbed by a member of the public after breaking into the White Rose football centre, Sherburn in Elmet. The offenders left the scene in a white transit van and officers were able to locate the stolen property and return a ride on lawn mower to its rightful owner. If you have any information or CCTV in regards to this incident please contact 101 reference number NYP11122021-0399 

 

2021-12-12   Giving Back

Twenty Yorkshire Water employees spent the day clearing scrub at RSPB Fairburn Ings, near Castleford, to help the charity conserve and improve habitats for wildlife. Yorkshire Water gives employees the opportunity to give back to the environment and local communities by volunteering for up to three days a year and works with partners such as the RSPB, The Wildlife Trust and Water Aid. 

 

2021-12-12   Miners Win Again

Miners managed a 1-0 home win against Albion Sports at the weekend. Jed Zanos was the hero as Garforth battled against a spirited Albion Sports, and the elements, to win in the last moments. Zanos kept his nerve and put away the spot kick after a lengthy delay after it has been awarded. 

 

2021-12-11   Rail Timetable Change

As part of a national change, Northern is reminding passengers that new rail timetables will be in operation from Sunday, 12th December. Rail passengers are being advised to check before they travel as there may be changes to their usual journeys and departure times.  

 

2021-12-11   Accident Causes Delays on A1

An accident on the A1(M) Northbound between J43 (the M1 Interchange) and J44 A64 (York / Tadcaster) caused chaos on Friday evening with queues extending for up to five miles and congestion reaching as far as J47 (Garforth / Micklefield) on the M1. Drivers were hit with delays of over an hour as an accident involving six cars caused major disruption. 

 

2021-12-10   Well Done Mary

Mary Harland has been unanimously selected by local Labour Party members to be their candidate for Kippax and Methley ward in next May's election 

 

2021-12-10   Councillors Wanted

Great and Little Preston Parish Council has 4 vacant seats for parish councillors. To qualify you need to live within 3 miles of the village. If you think this is for you or you know someone who may be interested then please get in touch with the parish clerk. See their website for contact details. 

 

2021-12-09   Headliners for 2022

Leeds Festival organisers Festival Republic have revealed the headline acts for 2022. They are Arctic Monkeys, Rage Against The Machine, Dave, Halsey, Bring Me The Horizon and Megan Thee Stallion. The festivals will take place at Bramham Park in Leeds and Little John's Farm in Reading over the bank holiday weekend from 26th to 28th August 2022. 

 

2021-12-09   Community Together Meetings

Garforth and Swillington Neighbourhood Policing Team have announced that the next Police and Community Together meetings, will be held on: Tuesday 14th December 2021 and Tuesday 1st February 2022 at 8:15 – 9:15pm in Garforth Miners Welfare Hall 

 

2021-12-08   More for Less

Council tax in Leeds could rise by 2.99 per cent next year, according to budget proposals released by Leeds City Council. It means those living in 'band B' properties could pay a total of £1,441.67 in council tax, up from £1,399.81. And those in 'band D' could be paying £1,853.55 - an increase of around £54. 

 

2021-12-08   Scouts Toy Collection

Sherburn Scout Group are again supporting The Crypt and Brotherton Clothes Bank as again they have so many children, teenagers and families who without support won’t receive a gift this Christmas. Community collection days are Sunday 5th, Saturday 11th December at Sherburn Scout Group on Church Hill 9 – 4 pm. All gifts must be unwrapped please and only new items. Brotherton are asking for Toys and Pyjamas. For teens Amazon vouchers are a great option. 

 

2021-12-07   Covid Killing Machine

Engineer Barry Paterson, of Burton Salmon has created a Covid killing machine. The new device takes in room air, passing it over germicidal UV-C light which neutralises the threat. The clean air is then pumped back into the room, a process that on average takes just 20 minutes. 

 

2021-12-07   Thrilling Draw

Garforth and Emley played out a thrilling 2-2 draw, but a late disallowed goal left the Miners frustrated. Sam Leach put Garforth in front on 23 minutes, but Town found themselves going in 2-1 down at the break. Hass Gorji levelled the scores before netting again with what looked like the winner, only for the ref and assistant to change their minds and rule it out after protests from visiting players. 

 

2021-12-06   Santa’s on his Way

The Elmet Lions’ Santa is back. He began his street visits on 1st December at Saxton and has so far called in on Burton Salmon, Biggin, Monk Fryston and Hillam. From 6th till 20th December he will be touring the streets of Sherburn. 

 

2021-12-06   Rebuilding Christmas Lights

A Garforth couple had to rebuild the entirety of their renowned Christmas light display after it was destroyed by Storm Arwen. Great grandparents May and Rod Proctor, 71 and 73, had turned their garden into a Christmas light bonanza when the storm blew through it on Saturday, 27th November. With the help of grandson Pete they had to rebuild the thousands of lights and sculptures in time for advent. 

 

2021-12-05   Nine out of Ten

Ninety percent of people in Garforth East (5,733) have now had a second dose of the Covid vaccine. In England as a whole, sixty nine percent of the population have received a second dose of vaccine. 

 

2021-12-05   Rapists Jailed

Two men have been jailed for a total of 29 years for the gang rape of a teenage girl in North Yorkshire. Daniel John Holroyd, 32, and Robert Harold Matthews, 36, were found guilty of two charges each of raping a 16-year-old girl in Sherburn in Elmet. Holroyd and Matthews were sentenced to 15 years and 14 years imprisonment respectively after an eight-day trial at York Crown Court. 

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