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2024-06-23   Miners? Sponsor

BCS Couriers has joined Garforth Town FC as an associate sponsor. BCS Couriers is a premier 24/7 dedicated delivery service, specializing in swift and secure transportation solutions. 

 

2024-06-23   Overnight Railway Work

Essential railway work will be carried out on the line between Garforth and Micklefield from 6th July to 2nd August. This work is overnight from 10pm to 6am. It involves driving piles into the ground and is therefore likely to be noisy. 

 

2024-06-22   Summer Fair

There is a Summer Fair at St Benedict?s School in Garforth on Sunday 7th July from 11am to 1.30pm. There will be a falconry display, bouncy castle, BBQ, live music, stalls and games. Entry is free. 

 

2024-06-22   Lorry Overturns

A lorry overturned on the Ridge Road at Peckfield roundabout on Thursday causing a partial closure of Selby Road and the Ridge Road.  

 

2024-06-21   Strawberry Tea

There will be a Strawberry Tea on Wednesday 24th July starting at 2pm at Sherburn Methodist Church. Tickets will be available soon at ?5 each. A raffle will also be held at this event. 

 

2024-06-21   Baby Band Festival

The Baby Band Festival comes to Lotherton Hall on 21st July. Featuring some of the best local bands and acts, it?s a full-on musical adventure for everyone, from the littlest tykes to the coolest grandparents. Tickets are ?27.50 for adults and ?20 for children. 

 

2024-06-20   Beer Festival

This year?s Monk Fryston and Hillam Beer Festival will take place on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of September. This is the 10th beer festival. 

 

2024-06-20   Summer Book Sale

There is an Annual Summer Book Sale at Sherburn and Villages Library from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 6th July. All monies raised go towards the running of the community library for the benefit of residents of Sherburn and villages. 

 

2024-06-19   Bus Service Changes

Arriva Yorkshire are making some changes to their services in the area from 21 July 2024. Service 64, 164, 165 Leeds ? Sherburn in Elmet ? Selby has a new timetable. There are additional journeys between Leeds and Sherburn Industrial Estate, these are being financially supported by West Yorkshire Combined Authority. 

 

2024-06-19   Little Learners Help Charity

At Little Learners, a nursery in Kippax, the staff and children really got stuck into fundraising for cancer charity Candlelighters with lots of activities across the week. From the children throwing flour, water and pies at staff, to a bake sale and a sponsored walk around the local community, everyone had lots of fun and raised almost ?1,600. 

 

2024-06-18   School Uniform Donations

Garforth Leisure Centre now has a donation bin for outgrown school uniform and will be collecting uniform until the end of August. Uniform should be clean, good quality and bagged. 

 

2024-06-18   Road Accident Closes A162

North Yorkshire Police closed the A162 near Barkston Ash, following a serious road accident in the early hours of Sunday morning. The road was shut between The Ash Tree Inn and Black Lane. The A162 was closed in both directions from Main Street (Barkston Ash) to Stream Lane (Sherburn In Elmet). 

 

2024-06-17   Halifax Closure

The Garforth branch of Halifax Bank is closing on 2nd July 2024. 

 

2024-06-17   Summer Fair

Strawberry Fields Primary School will be holding a summer fair on Friday 12th July from 3.20pm to 5pm. If any local sellers or groups would like to hold a stall or come along please contact the Friends of Strawberry Fields by email at FOSFmail@gmail.com . 

 

2024-06-16   Clothes Sale

The Friends of Swillington Church are holding a Clothes Sale at the Swillington Miners Sports and Social Club on Saturday 22nd June from 11am to 3pm in support of St. Mary?s Church Swillington. 

 

2024-06-16   Wellbeing Walk

Enjoy a free wellbeing walk starting at Sherburn and Villages Community Library on Friday 21st June at 10am. No need to book, just turn up. Free refreshments afterwards. 

 

2024-06-15   Fancy Trying Archery?

The Bowmen of Leeds are running taster sessions at Garforth Miners Welfare Hall on 29th June and 21st July. Cost is ?10 per session. To book a place email info@ bowmen-of-leeds.co.uk 

 

2024-06-15   Can?t Park There

West Yorkshire Police have been issuing tickets to parents using Hirst Street to drop their children off at Great Preston Primary School. Hirst Street is a pedestrian and cycle zone with restrictions around school start and end times. 

 

2024-06-14   Food Bank Collection

The next food bank collection at St Mary?s Garforth will be on Monday 24th June . They are in need of volunteers please to help with this and take the donations over to St Richards the next day. 

 

2024-06-14   Literature Festival

Aberford Literature Festival takes place on Sunday 23rd June from 2pm to 4pm on Aberford Village Hall and from 6pm to 8pm in the Arabian Horse. Entry is free. 

 

2024-06-13   Picnic in the Park 2024

Sherburn in Elmet Town Council invite you to their Picnic in the Park 2024 at Eversley Park on 13th July, from noon till 7:30pm.There will be live bands, free rides and entertainment. Food stalls. Well behaved dogs on short leads welcome. 

 

2024-06-13   Follow the Miners

Purchase your season ticket for Garforth Town?s new NPL campaign now. Season ticket prices are - Adult - ?150 (a saving of ?39), Concession - ?85 (a saving of ?41), Child (5-16yrs) - ?30 (a saving of ?33), Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) - ?295 (a saving of ?125). Season tickets gain entry to all 21 NPL home league fixtures (cup competitions not applicable) 

 

2024-06-12   Summer Fair

All Saints Church in Sherburn is holding a Summer Fair on Saturday 29th June from 10.30am to 3.30pm in the Church grounds and Church Hall.  

 

2024-06-12   General Election Hustings

There will be a hustings at St Benedict?s Parish Centre on Saturday 22nd June at 11am till 12.30pm. All parliamentary candidates will be invited. Everyone in the constituency is welcome to attend. 

 

2024-06-11   Wellbeing Walk

Enjoy a free wellbeing walk starting at Sherburn and Villages Community Library on Thursday 13th June at 10am. No need to book, just turn up. Free refreshments afterwards. 

 

2024-06-11   Funday

There is a Fun Day at Churchville House on Saturday 15th June. There is a Burger Stand, A Bouncy Castle, Hook A Duck, and other stalls. Also music and dancing. 

 

2024-06-10   Summer Solstice Get Together

There will be a Summer Solstice Get Together of meditation and picnic at St Aiden?s Reserve on Thursday 20th June at 7pm. It is a get together to walk / share food and enjoy the longest day together 

 

2024-06-10   Joseph and his Coat

St Mary?s Youth Theatre will be performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Garforth Miners Welfare Hall from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th June at 7pm with a 3pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are ?10 

 

2024-06-09   Bar Staff Wanted

The Crusader in Garforth is looking for part time bar staff. Must be 18+. Experience preferred but training will be given. Minimum wage offered. 

 

2024-06-09   Ringing the Bells

Kippax and Swillington Bell Ringers rang the bells in Kippax St Mary?s church as part of the 80th anniversary of D Day. The ringing the bells started at 6.30pm in line with bells being rung throughout the country. 

 

2024-06-08   Library Social

There will be a library social at Garforth Library on Monday 10th June from 12.30-2pm. Free refreshments. All welcome. 

 

2024-06-08   Presentation Day

Garforth Villa will be holding their annual presentation day on Saturday 8th June at Brierlands Playing fields. As well as the presentation, they will have marquees set up, fun activities for the children and be selling food to help their tour teams fundraising efforts. They will also have some speeches by each team manager and some background music. The first presentation will be at 10am. 

 

2024-06-07   Table Top Sale

There is a Baby and Kids Table Top Sale at Firthfields Community Centre, East Garforth on Sunday 28th July from9am till noon. Tables are ?8, call 07493880114 to book. 

 

2024-06-07   Scarecrow Festival

Kippax Scarecrow Festival takes place from 14th to 16th June. The theme this year is children?s characters. There is still time to register your entry by messaging KPC or Martin.eyre@ kippax-pc.gov.uk. 

 

2024-06-06   Summer Steam Trains

There will be steam train trips from York to Carlisle and back on 7th July, 4th and 18th August and 8th September. So expect to see a steam train regularly passing through this area this summer. The train leaves York at 9.50am and returns from Carlisle at around 4.30pm. 

 

2024-06-06   Kippax Community Gala 2024

Kippax Community Gala takes place on Kippax Common on Saturday 15th June from 11am to 5pm.  

 

2024-06-05   U14?s Rugby League

Kippax Welfare JARLFC re looking for U14 players. No previous experience necessary. Call Andrew on 07903655249 for more information. 

 

2024-06-05   Family Quiz Night

There will be a family quiz night at Sherburn Methodist Church on Saturday 8th June commencing at 6.30pm. There will be a light buffet during the interval and a raffle. Tickets available shortly or payment on the door. ?5 per person to enter? children free. 

 

2024-06-04   Bridge Complete

The new railway bridge on the A162 between Barkston and Sherburn is now built and the is road open. 

 

2024-06-04   Springing into Action

Spring Fibre have donated ?820 to Kippax Parrish Council to fund the wildflower seeding that is part of Kippax Common playground scheme. 

 

2024-06-03   U3A AGM

Garforth, Kippax and District u3a will be holding their AGM at Garforth Working Men?s Club on Wednesday 5th June. Doors open at 1pm till 3.30pm. 

 

2024-06-03   Kippax Beacon

There will be a beacon lighting event at Cheney Basin on Thursday 6th June at 9.15pm as part of the Kippax celebration of the D Day landings. Refreshments will be available. Everyone welcome. 

 

2024-06-02   Community Litter Pick

There is a community litter pick at RSPB St Aidan?s on Sunday 2nd June. Volunteers should meet at Little Owl Caf? at 10am. All equipment will be provided. 

 

2024-06-02   Summer Fair

There will be a summer fair at The Old Girls? School Community Centre on Sunday 9th June from 11am ? 3pm. Free entry. If you would like a stall or any questions, please email info.togs@siect.uk 

 

2024-06-01   Little Wicked Letters

Sherburn Cinema will be showing Little Wicked Letters on 21st June at 7.30pm. Tickets are ?5. 

 

2024-06-01   D Day Event

Sherburn in Elmet Town Council will be holding a D Day Event at Sherburn White Rose Social Club on Thursday 6th June from 7pm. The evening concludes with the lighting of a beacon at 9.15pm 

 

2024-05-31   Remembering Joel

A group of friends are going to raise money in memory of Joel Pearson, from Garforth, by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in late May or early June. Joel died of cancer aged 19 in February this year. 

 

2024-05-31   Normandy 1944 and the Gascoignes

On Wednesday, June 5, at 3pm, Kippax Library will host, ?What did Normandy July 1944 have to do with the Gascoigne?s gifting Lotherton to Leeds City Council??. Stephanie Davies, Community Curator at Lotherton Hall, will talk about Douglas Gascoigne, Operation Blue Coat in Normandy July 1944 and why this event was pivotal to Sir Alvary Gascoigne gifting Lotherton Hall to Leeds City Council. No pre-booking is required. 

 

2024-05-30   Rail Timetable Changes

Northern timetables are changing on Sunday, 2 June 2024, with some trains having new service times. This update aligns with the national timetable change for all train operators in June. 

 

2024-05-30   Volunteer Showcase

To tie in with national Volunteers? Week, there will be a ?Volunteer Showcase? on Wednesday 5th June 10am-12pm at Sherburn and Villages Community Library. Local groups and charities will be on-hand to explain what volunteering opportunities are available, with a chance to chat to existing volunteers to learn more. 

 

2024-05-29   Film Cancelled

Due to low advance ticket sales the film A Month in the Country has been cancelled by Sherburn Cinema. 

 

2024-05-29   Man Killed in Collision

A man has been killed in a motorcycle crash near Sherburn. The collision, which involved a white Renault Clio and a grey Kawasaki ZR motorcycle, happened on the B1222 on Bank Holiday Monday. Police said that the car had been travelling towards Newthorpe, while the motorcycle was going in the opposite direction towards Sherburn. The rider of the motorcycle, a 65-year-old man from Sherburn, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

2024-05-28   Wellbeing Walk

Enjoy a free wellbeing walk starting at Sherburn and Villages Community Library on Wednesday 29th May at 10am. No need to book, just turn up. Free refreshments afterwards. 

 

2024-05-28   Breakdance Workshop

There is a free school holiday breakdance workshop on 29th May from 9am-1pm at The Old Girls? School Community Centre Sherburn in Elmet. For all male identifying young people. All levels, beginners welcome ages 9 -16 welcome. 

 

2024-05-27   Club Concert

There is a Club Concert at Kippax Band Social Club on Sunday 9th June at 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.30pm. Admission ?5, members free 

 

2024-05-27   Garforth Repair Caf

There will be a Garforth Repair Caf? at the Miners Welfare Hall on Sunday 2nd June from 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments are available. They are looking to expand the number of Fixers available each month. 

 

2024-05-26   Food Bank Collection

The next food bank collection at St Mary?s Garforth will be Monday 3rd June. Can items please be left at the back of Church and not in the Rectory porch until further notice. 

 

2024-05-26   Free Cycle Marking Event

Outer East Neighbourhood Policing Team will be holding a free Cycle Marking and Registration Event at St Aidan's Nature Reserve from 09:00 - 12:00 hours, on Saturday 1st June. 

 

2024-05-25   Big Band Sound

The Northern Swing Orchestra Big Band and Issey Chivers are performing at Swillington Sports and Social Club on Sunday 2nd June at 3:30pm. Tickets are ?7, under 16s free. 

 

2024-05-25   Miners Pre-season Fixtures

Garforth Town have announced their pre-season friendlies. They will take on Knaresborough Town at Manse lane on Tuesday 23rd July, with Worksop Town visiting the Bannister Prentice Stadium four days later (27th July). 

 

2024-05-24   Job Opportunities

The Lord Gascoigne in Garforth is looking for part time and full time bar staff, a part time cleaner and part time and full time chefs. If interested send your CV to 7779@greeneking.co.uk. 

 

2024-05-24   House Fire

Fire crews from Garforth, Killingbeck, Moortown, Hunslet, Rothwell, Huddersfield and Ossett attended a house fire on East Drive, Swarcliffe on Tuesday afternoon. No persons were involved or injured. 

 

2024-05-23   Karate Classes

Classes at Phoenix Karate Leeds are at Garforth Leisure Centre every Tuesday 7:15 - 8:15pm, see website for further details, first two classes are free. 

 

2024-05-23   Air Ambulance Visit

The Air Ambulance was called to Berry Lane in the Great Preston area, just outside the New Inn pub where an elderly gentleman reportedly suffered a ?very serious medical episode? on Monday night. The man was promptly transported to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment. 

 

2024-05-22   Charity Day

There is a charity day for Yorkshire Air Ambulance at the Gaping Goose on Saturday 25th May from noon to 4pm. Lots of raffle prizes to be won. 

 

2024-05-22   Major Road Re-opens

The A63 is now fully re-opened following the water main burst last week. 

 

2024-05-21   A Month in the Country

The film showing on Friday 31st May at 7:30pm at Sherburn Cinema in The Old Girls? School Community Centre is ?A Month in the Country?. Tickets are ?5. Doors open 7pm. Refreshments are available. 

 

2024-05-21   Copper Cable Theft

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information about the theft of copper cable in the Monk Fryston area. It happened between 6pm on Friday and 6am on Monday (10-13 May 2024) at KE Lunness Aggregates Ltd on Brotherton Road. A cabin at the premises was also damaged and the estimated cost to the business is ?20,000. If you have any information call 101, select option 2 and ask for Bill Davies. Please quote reference 12240083607. 

 

2024-05-20   Wellbeing Walks

Enjoy a free wellbeing walk starting at Sherburn and Villages Community Library on Monday 20th May at 10am and again on Wednesday 29th May at 10am. No need to book, just turn up. Free refreshments afterwards.  

 

2024-05-20   New Mayor Elected

Labour's David Skaith was voted in as the first mayor for York and North Yorkshire on 2nd May. A total of six candidates stood for election. David received 66,761 votes with Conservative Keane Duncan second on 51,967 votes. 

 

2024-05-19   Temporary Opening Time Change

On 15th June the Kippax Community Pantry will be open early, from 9am to 10am, because Kippax Gala starts at 11am.  

 

2024-05-19   No Parking

There will be road resurfacing work being carried out on Lidgett Lane, Garforth on 19th and 20th May from 7am to 7pm. Parking restrictions swill apply. 

 

2024-05-18   U16 Footballers Wanted

Swillington Saints FC are looking for year 10/11 footballers for their U16 team in season 2024/25. For more details ring 07904 062498 

 

2024-05-18   Charity Plant Sales

There is a charity plant sale in aid of ABF the Soldiers Charity and Kippax Foodbank at the allotments across from Ash Tree School on 18th and 19th May from 10am t0 4pm. Also on Bank Holiday Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and Bank Holiday Monday the 27th from 10 am to 4pm. 

 

2024-05-17   Clothes Sale

The Friends of Swillington Church are holding a Clothes Sale at Swillington Miners Sports and Social Club on 22nd June from 11am to 3pm. Clothes donations are welcome. 

 

2024-05-17   Burton Salmon Fete

Burton Salmon Fete takes place at North Lodge on Sunday 2nd June from 11am to 4pm. Something for everyone, dog events, fabulous stall holders, D day exhibition, bouncy castle, Pimms, Thai food, burger van and more. 

 

2024-05-16   Ladies Night

There is a Ladies Night at Kippax Band Club on Friday 18th October in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Tickets are ?15 

 

2024-05-16   Knife Sweep

Outer East Neighbourhood Police Team conducted a knife sweep in Barleyhill Park this week. No weapons were located. 

 

2024-05-15   May Table Top Sale

St Mary?s Church Swillington is holding a Table Top Sale at the church on Saturday 18th May from 10am till noon.  

 

2024-05-15   Road Closed till Weekend

Following the burst water main on Selby Road it is expected that the road will remain closed until sometime on Sunday 19th May 2024. It will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so. 

 

2024-05-14   Bowling in Kippax

There is free bowling every Tuesday evening from 6.15pm at Kippax Bowling Club on Brigshaw Lane. Come along and give it a try. 

 

2024-05-14   Funday Success

The Family Fun Day at Hillam Cricket Club on Sunday 5th May in aid of MND raised ?2,800. 

 

2024-05-13   Introduction to Haiku

At Garforth Library Social on Monday 13th May, 12.30-2pm, we'll be trying our hand at Haiku poetry - only 3 lines per Haiku, easy and fun, no rhyming needed! Come along and have a go. Library socials are free monthly events. Refreshments are provided. 

 

2024-05-13   Garforth Lions Beer Festival

Garforth Beer Festival will take place on Sunday 26th May at Garforth Country Club. The event is all-ticket, which cost ?10 and are available from the Club. The event will be held from 12 noon to 9pm. No children or dogs are permitted. 

 

2024-05-12   Music for the Runners

Garforth Brass will be one of a number of bands performing along the route of the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon on Sunday 12th May. 

 

2024-05-12   Speedster Caught

A speeding driver was caught at over 100mph on the A1M near Selby Fork on Tuesday, 7th May. The driver was arrested during a police crackdown on road offences on the A1M called Operation Mainland. 

 

2024-05-11   New Defibrillator

A new Kippax Parish Council defibrillator has now been installed in Leeds Road bus shelter. 

 

2024-05-11   New Arrival Surprises Keepers

A new arrival took staff at Lotherton Wildlife World by surprise by becoming an unexpected addition to their family of cuddly Capybara. The baby cappy is the first to ever be born at Wildlife World. 

 

2024-05-10   Barmy Bingo

Friday 31st May at 7.30pm is Barmy Bingo Night at Kippax Legion. Tickets are ?20. Doors open at 6.30pm. Non-members are welcome. 

 

2024-05-10   Motorist Jailed

David Paxton, 44, of Lowergate, Paddock, Huddersfield, was jailed for 10 months and banned from driving for 29 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, driving while banned and having no insurance. It came after Paxton, who has multiple motoring offences on his record, led police on a chase along the M1 before turning off into Garforth in November. 

 

2024-05-09   Equestrian Car Boot Sale

There is an Equestrian Car Boot Sale at Millford Plants on Sunday 26th May 9am to 1pm. 

 

2024-05-09   Kippax Shop Change Plan

A new application has been submitted to Leeds City Council?s planning committee outlining plans to transform Kippax News on 44 High Street in the Leeds town into a ?hot food/pizza takeaway shop?. Consultation on the application is due to begin on 16th May, with comments to be submitted by 10th June. 

 

2024-05-08   Good to Outstanding

Eighteen primary schools in Leeds are rated good or outstanding by OFSTED. They include Aberford C of E Primary School and Ash Tree Primary School in Kippax. 

 

2024-05-08   Cycle Marking and Registration Event

Outer East Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be holding a Cycle Marking and Registration Event at Garforth Police Station, Lidgett Lane, Garforth on Saturday 11th May from 9am to noon. PCSO's will be present outside of the Police Station, marking bicycles free of charge. 

 

2024-05-07   Mayor Re-elected

Tracy Brabin, the current and first Mayor of West Yorkshire has been re-elected for a second term with 50.4 percent of the vote after being declared the winner following counts across the region. 

 

2024-05-07   Hotel for Sale

The 37 room Yorkshire Gateway Hotel on the Great North Road, close to the village of South Milford and a stone?s throw away from junction 42 of the A1(M) is up for sale for just under?1 million. 

 

2024-05-06   Family Bingo Night

St Mary?s Church Birkin and Beal are holding a Family Bingo Night on Friday 17th May from 7pm to 9pm. For more information ring 07799704105 

 

2024-05-06   Miners Win Promotion

Garforth Town beat Albion Sports 5-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in normal time in their Play Off final on Saturday. A massive crowd of 1391 watched the game and shootout. Garforth will be playing in the Pitching In Northern Premier League next season. 

 

2024-05-05   Clothing Bank Collection

Garforth and District Lions will be collecting clothes in Micklefield C of E Primary Academy playground on Thursday 9th May from 3pm to 3.30pm. Clothes must be clean and serviceable please. 

 

2024-05-05   Food Bank Collection

The next food bank collection at St Mary?s Garforth will be on Monday 13th May and not Monday 6th May as earlier reported. Can items please be left at the back of Church and not in the Rectory porch until further notice. 

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