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2020-05-30   Selby Foodbank Donations

Anyone wanting to make food donations to Selby Foodbank, there is a box for donations in the vicarage porch at Sherburn. The next collection will be on Friday 5th June at 10am. If you prefer to donate cash this can be done via the Sherburn Church bank account - sort code 40-41-45, a/c no 21117254. 

 

2020-05-30   Track Carefully

North Yorkshire Police have issued advice about the new Track and Trace system to avoid any attempts at fraud. If NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk. Contact tracers will never ask you to dial a premium number, provide bank details, make any sort of payment, download software or ask you to access any site other than those belonging to the Government or NHS 

 

2020-05-29   Flying Again

Sherburn Aero Club airfield has re-opened. However the airfield remains closed for flight training 

 

2020-05-29   403 Bus Changes

The 403 Arriva bus service from Selby to Leeds via Micklefield has a new timetable from Monday 1st June. The new service offers a two hourly service during the day. Visit the arrivabus.co.uk website for full details 

 

2020-05-28   Keep Off the Grass

Monk Fryston Junior Football Club have appealed to locals not to use their Stocking Lane ground as a meeting area. Having spent hours tidying, cutting and litter picking club officials have found the area quickly littered and fouled again.  

 

2020-05-28   Warning to Dog Owners

Vets believe that a dog that had been walking at St Aidans and collapsed an hour later had entered the water for a brief period may have suffered blue green algae poisoning 

 

2020-05-27   Lotherton Hall Links to Japan

Making Japan, a celebration of Japanese culture and Japanese links to Lotherton Hall is going on-line on the Leeds City Council website. 

 

2020-05-27   Waste Site Visits

All Household Waste Recycling Centres in Leeds are now open (except for Otley). Online booking is required. Please only visit if it is essential. Visit the Leeds City Council website for details of how to book a slot. Sites will be open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. 

 

2020-05-26   Plasma Donors Required

Hospitals in Leeds are taking part in a national trial which could identify a treatment for coronavirus. Recovered Covid-19 patients are being asked to donate plasma to the trial at Leeds Blood Donor Centre on The Headrow, operated by NHSBT. Recovered patients may be contacted to take part in the trial or they can register their details through a form on the NHSBT website. 

 

2020-05-26   East Leeds Speeders Caught

The police caught a number of drivers speeding over the 40 mph limit on Selby Road on Friday after receiving complaints of drivers breaking the speed limit in the area. The police say follow up action will take place regarding those caught speeding 

 

2020-05-25   Cool Decision

Ice cream vans are now allowed to trade again "in line with government guidelines on coronavirus". 

 

2020-05-25   Plant Sale at Welfare Hall

Garforth in Bloom are holding a plant sale at the Miners Welfare Hall on Saturday 13th June from 9am. Social distancing will apply to all visitors. 

 

2020-05-24   RSPB Sites Remain Closed

RSPB Fairburn Ing and St Aidans are reminding everyone that they will not be open to the public this bank holiday weekend 

 

2020-05-24   Local Bingo Landlady Goes National

A Garforth landlady who has been working to lift community spirit during lockdown has starred on Ross Kemp’s new show Britain's Volunteer Army. Jo Heywood, who runs the Gaping Goose in Garforth, and her husband Mark, have been hosting weekly bingo sessions for their neighbours in their cul-de-sac in Kippax. The games take place with social distancing in place as the players sit in their driveway and have a chance to win lockdown-themed gifts including hand sanitizer, toilet roll, kitchen roll and more. 

 

2020-05-23   Crematoria to Reopen

All crematoria chapels including burial chapels managed by Leeds City Council will be opening again from 8th June, with changes in place which will help protect the health and wellbeing of mourners, council staff and partners. The 10-person limit will remain in place under the new, revised rules - but people are now allowed inside. 

 

2020-05-23   Top 20 Care Provider

Garforth based care provider Ideal Carehomes is one of the top 20 care home groups in the UK according to carehome.co.uk, the leading guide to care homes, based on feedback from residents and their friends and relatives. Ideal Carehomes is a provider of high quality, 24 hour, inclusive residential and dementia care in state-of-the-art homes across the North and Midlands. 

 

2020-05-22   RSPB in Dark Regarding Crocodile

Following the claim that a crocodile was spotted at Fairburn Ings a spokeswoman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said it was the first reported sighting of 'anything like this' at the reserve. The spokeswoman went on to say "It's a pity the photographer wasn't able to get a photo as it would obviously have been a big help in identifying what this was. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first reported sighting of anything like this at Fairburn Ings”. 

 

2020-05-22   Burglary in South Milford

On 20th May between 1.45pm and 3pm a burglary took place on Grove Crescent, South Milford. The side door was forced and a quantity of cash stolen. If anyone has any information about the offender(s) or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around these times please contact the police on 101 ref: 12200084108 

 

2020-05-21   Pet Scam

North Yorkshire Police are noticing an increase in fraud involving the sale of pets online. Many people during lockdown have been tempted to purchase a puppy or kitten and are turning to websites offering such pets. The fraudster will advertise puppies and kittens for sale on-line and the victim will be asked to pay a deposit to secure the purchase. The fraudster will not let the pet be collected in person due to the lockdown and insist on shipping the pet to the victim’s address. After the initial payment, more funds will be requested to cover delivery costs, pet insurance or vaccinations. Each time the funds are sent another request will come but the pet will not. 

 

2020-05-21   Lotherton Hall Café to Resume

Starting on 1st June the café at Lotherton Hall will offer a limited takeaway service. Visitors are currently allowed back into the grounds but the hall, Wildlife World, playgrounds, toilets and shops remain closed. Admission and car park charges are being suspended until further notice.  

 

2020-05-20   Health Walks Off

Leeds Health Walks group, who arrange local walks on Mondays and Thursdays each week have had to cancel their programme of walks for the foreseeable future inline with Government policy on group meetings 

 

2020-05-20   The Photographer and the Crocodile

A photographer claims he spotted a four-foot long crocodile at Fairburn Ings nature reserve. Wildlife photographer Lee Collings, who has been a birdwatcher for 30 years, says it was 3 to 4ft in length and moved slow and rigid. 

 

2020-05-19   Virtual Coffee Morning

St Mary’s Garforth is holding a Virtual Coffee Morning on Wednesday 20th May at 10.30am. Details of how to join the call can be found on the St Marys website 

 

2020-05-19   Corona Virus Update

Leaders of North Yorkshire’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic will give an update on the work they are doing, and take questions from residents and businesses, in a live broadcast, today, Tuesday 19 May, at 1pm. North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan will lead the live update and will be joined by Chief Constable Lisa Winward and Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie. Watch LIVE on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ Gv57GRaPUfU 

 

2020-05-18   Above Average Houses

The average house price in LS25 according to latest figures from Zoopla is £238,017, a fall of £266 in the last 3 months but up £8,922 on 12 months ago. 

 

2020-05-18   We’ll Meet Again Later

Sherburn Parish Council has had no option but to cancel plans for the VE Day celebrations planned for Friday 8th May. They are hoping that they will be able to postpone this rather than cancel it altogether and would like to hold a Party in the Park style event on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend in August as the Food and Craft Fair has been cancelled. This event will be subject to government guidelines at the time. 

 

2020-05-17   Police Seize Scooter

Following numerous complaints from residents the police Off Road Bike Team visited the Micklefield area stopped a learner rider on his scooter. The bike was seized and the rider has been reported for various driving offences including failing to display L plates. 

 

2020-05-17   Rail Services to Increase

Northern Rail have announced that the number of train services across the North is set to increase next week, rising from 45 to 63 per cent of normal services from Monday. 

 

2020-05-16   Monk Fryston APCM

The Annual Meeting (APCM) of Monk Fryston Parish Council will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 20 May 2020 at 7.30pm. Residents wishing to observe the meeting remotely should contact the clerk with e-mail and or telephone details. This meeting will be followed by the ordinary May Meeting of the Parish Council. 

 

2020-05-16   Two Men in Van Arrested

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit theft, after North Yorkshire Police found a van with false number plates and tools inside. Just before 1pm on Monday officers spotted a white van suspiciously parked on Hurricane Way, Sherburn-in-Elmet. Police detained a 31-year-old man nearby, and then found a 39-year-old man in the back of the van. The van was displaying false plates, with the original plates for the van still inside the vehicle. 

 

2020-05-15   Fairburn Ings Announcement

The RSPB released a statement regarding their nature reserves across the UK, which include Fairburn Ings near Castleford. As the wildlife has been living without human contact for several weeks, they will need time to adapt to the presence of visitors again. The re-opening of RSPB sites will be phased and not immediate. 

 

2020-05-15   Taking Care of Kippax

Kippax Parish Council Caretaker John was back at work on Wednesday weeding the flower beds at Kippax Meadows in preparation for the 500 sensory type plants being planted along with the existing paths being recovered and new seats and waste bins being installed. 

 

2020-05-14   Drink Driver Caught

Police officers arrested a Drink Driver in the Garforth area on Sunday who was more than 3 times over the legal drink drive limit and now faces a lengthy disqualification. 

 

2020-05-14   Fishing Again

Kippax Park Fishery will be open from Thursday 14th May at 8 am , please pay into the honesty box on site. No change will be given so have the right money. Everybody is asked to follow the government rules on social distancing 

 

2020-05-13   Parks to Reopen

Car parks at dozens of popular green spaces all over Leeds, including Roundhay Park, Golden Acre Park, Lotherton Hall and Temple Newsam, will reopen this week in line with government guidance. The barriers at council-owned car parks will be removed from Wednesday, May 13 to allow people to drive to places such as Lotherton Hall, where the grounds will be open. 

 

2020-05-13   Leeds Festival Cancelled

Festival Republic, the organisers of the Leeds Festival at Bramham, have cancelled the Leeds and Reading Festivals for this year because of the uncertainty arising from the coronavirus outbreak. Tickets bought for this summer will remain valid for next year's event, while refunds will also be available. 

 

2020-05-12   Ed the Daredevil

Garforth man Ed Morris has taken on a host of challenges, broadcasting them live on Facebook, and all in the name of charity. Ed has already raised over £1,000 for the National Emergencies Trust's Corornavirus Appeal.The support worker for Leeds City Council said “I’ve got eight or nine more challenges to do but I’ve got people thinking of more to do". 

 

2020-05-12  

Firecrews from Garforth, Rothwell, Leeds, Killingbeck, Normanton and Mirfield were called to a fire at the Yorkshire Game Farm on Alma Street in Woodlesford at 11.34am on Wednesday, 6th May. A man was taken to hospital by paramedics.  

 

2020-05-11   Brown Bins and Bulky Waste Collections

Leeds City Council has set plans to resume the collection of brown bins and bulky waste across the city w/c 25th May. All households with a brown bin collection will be sent a letter a few days beforehand, informing them of their first brown bin collection day. Many brown bin collection days will change, and residents are asked to please keep an eye on their post for the letter and also the council website 

 

2020-05-11   Covid Free

According to the Office of National Statistics there have been no reported corona virus deaths in Hambleton, Monk Fryston and Byram,  

 

2020-05-10   Composting Bins

To further support recycling efforts in the city, Leeds City Council is working in partnership with local recycling company Great Green Systems to offer an exclusive 35% discount to residents on UK manufactured garden and food composting bins. To find out more, please visit the council’s composting advice page 

 

2020-05-10   Garforth Fire Station 12 Hour Run

On 13th May (7am - 7pm), Garforth Blue Watch are running for 12 hours for NHS Charities Together because to raise funds for NHS staff necessities. They will use a a treadmill run to keep in line with social distancing rules. For some of the legs, firefighters will be wearing full fire kit or fancy dress such as Star Wars characters and super heroes. Visit the Justgiving website and search for garforthfire to make a donation 

 

2020-05-09   Accident Closes Ridge Road to Castleford

A road accident at the junction of Barnsdale Road and Station Road in Allerton Bywater closed the road to Castleford on Thursday. A vehicle collided with traffic lights when the elderly driver lost control of his 2 day old car. Air ambulance was called to the scene but wasn't required. 

 

2020-05-09   Covid Impacted Areas

The Office for National Statistics has released data on where Leeds' coronavirus victims live according to postcode. The ONS divided deaths recorded before 18th April into postcode areas based on each patient's home address. West Garforth had four reported deaths. South Garforth, Swillington and Little Preston had one death. Aberford, Barwick and Thorner had one coronavirus death. There were no reported deaths in Kippax, Micklefield or East Garforth. Colton, Austhorpe and Whitkirk was the worst hit area in Leeds with 14 deaths reported. 

 

2020-05-08   Trustee Wanted

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust want to recruit a new Trustee as Treasurer. This position is voluntary. The Trust oversees the Community Library and the Old Girls School Community Centre and Tea Room. It meets once a month on an evening. 

 

2020-05-08   Brow Bins Return

Leeds City Council has announced that it will resume garden waste collections by the end of the month. The council’s director of communities, James Rogers, added that bulky waste collections would also recommence free of charge in the coming weeks. 

 

2020-05-07   Housing Plan Resubmitted

Taylor Wimpey have submitted revised plans for 104 houses in Pit Lane, Micklefield. Ward councillors have objected to the new plans because they provide inadequate greenspace, do not retain all the allotments, the number of houses is far greater that the capacity suggested in th e SAP and problems with highway access. 

 

2020-05-07   VE 75 Tree

Kippax Parish Council have been working with Ward Councillors to organise a VE 75 commemorative tree planting in the War Memorial Garden. They hope to arrange a gathering and plaque ceremony in the future when it is safe to do so. 

 

2020-05-06   Hillam VE75 Celebrations

On Friday 8th May a 75 VE Flag will fly for the weekend at the Top of Mill Close in Hillam and the poppy display net will be out at the Square. Residents with Union Jack bunting are encouraged to decorate their gardens and houses 

 

2020-05-06   It’s All Rubbish

The council is aiming to reopen its main Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) next week. This is subject to further details this week from the government regarding which restrictions must remain in place to tackle Covid-19. A final decision on which HWRCs sites are to reopen first will be made and announced shortly based on safety. 

 

2020-05-05   Speeders Beware

After reports from local residents West Yorkshire’s Roads Policing Unit have been out on Astley Lane, Swillington issuing tickets to speeding motorists. Just because the roads are quieter the speed limit is the same. 

 

2020-05-05   Parish Council Vacancy

There is currently a vacancy on Kippax Parish Council. The council can now fill the vacancy by co-option, which is a process whereby the council considers applications from interested persons and can then select someone to fill the seat. 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. If you need any information contact Colin Child Clerk to the Council on 01977 680031or 07775567094 

 

2020-05-04   PC Office Closed

Sherburn in Elmet Parish Council Office is currently closed to all members of the public until further notice. The decision is based on the advice from the government, as a measure to help prevent the spread of Covid -19 particularly for those most vulnerable. All emails will be accessed periodically and queries will be dealt where possible. 

 

2020-05-04   Councillor Vacancy

There is currently a vacancy on Kippax Parish Council. The council can now fill the vacancy by co-option, which is a process whereby the council considers applications from interested persons and can then select someone to fill the seat. 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. If you need any information about qualification for being a councillor or just want more information about the role, please contact, Colin Child, Clerk to the Council on 01977 680031 or 07775567094 

 

2020-05-03   Testing Spare Capacity

The Health Secretary has contacted Elmet MP Alec Shelbrooke to ask him to publicise that there is currently spare capacity at the drive through COVID 19 testing centre at Temple Green. Testing eligibility is anyone with symptoms who is over the age of 65 and anyone with symptoms who has to leave home to go to work 

 

2020-05-03   NET Food Bank Appeal

NET Food Bank is still running but each day stock running low due to high demand. They have drop off points in local Supermarkets: Sainbury Colton, Sainbury Main Street Garforth, Co-op Kippax. Tesco Garforth. Every Little Helps. Donations can also be left at NET Doors and then will be collected  

 

2020-05-02   Parking Fines at Park

Following recent complaints officers have attended at Bullerthorpe Lane and issued a number of Fixed Penalty Notices to cars obstructing the pavement on the entrance to Temple Newsam park 

 

2020-05-02   First Bus Changes

From Sunday 3rd May, First Buses are making some minor changes to services across Leeds, mainly affecting services on a Sunday or in the evenings. Most services are unaffected and will continue with what has been in place since 30th March. Services affected are: 1,2, 3, 3A, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11A, 12, 13, 13A, 19, 19A, 27, 28, 33, 34, 40, 42, 56. X26/X27 – Will no longer operate, service 11A will be extended to Thorpe Park to provide journeys between the Springs and Crossgates. Revised timetables can be found on the First Bus Leeds website. 

 

2020-05-01   Three Year Old Flame

England’s first world Peace Flame here in Garforth was three years old on Tuesday 28th April.  

 

2020-05-01   Heart Survivor Urges People to Still Seek Help

A heart attack survivor, Chris Hope from Kippax, is encouraging patients to still go to a doctor if they need to during the coronavirus outbreak. Half the usual number of people are going to A&E and treatment for heart attacks and strokes is down. Seeking medical help is one of the four reasons people can safely leave home, government guidance says. 

 

2020-04-30   Covid Deaths

As of 28th April there have been 1308 confirmed Covid cases in Leeds and 202 related deaths in Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Leeds City Council revealed that in addition 114 deaths occurred at care homes, 20 people died at home and nine died at hospices. 

 

2020-04-30   Beware Tiger

A family of three got a fright on their daily walk walking through farmland in Garforth on Tuesday after they came across a life-size tiger toy, hidden in the bushes. Donna Wallace, 34, was walking with her partner and five-year-old son when they spotted the large stuffed animal in the trees. Although the tiger gave her son and partner a bit of a shock Donna said that whoever put it there had made her day 

 

2020-04-29   Brown Bin Scam

Leeds City Council has suspended the brown bin garden refuse collection service. However some residents have been offered a non-council collection service. They have been told to leave an envelope with £10 inside the lid of the bin. The scam fear is that the money will be collected without the refuse being taken. Alternatively the waste will be taken but fly tipped. The resident can be fined as well as the fly tipper.  

 

2020-04-29   Jo’s Open Air Bingo

Jo Heywood, the landlady at the Gaping Goose in Garforth has been unable to open since the lockdown. So she took home the pub’s bingo kit and hosted a socially distant game on her street, The Rise in Kippax. The neighbours came out onto their drives and played four games and every neighbour who took part received a free toilet roll.  

 

2020-04-28   Planning Restriction

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Leeds City Council Planning Department is not accepting written representations made by post. Please make any comments online and address them to the planning officer. 

 

2020-04-28   Local House Prices

According to Zoopla the average house price in LS25 is £238,017, down by £266 in the last 3 months but up £8,922 in the last year. 

 

2020-04-27   Stay at Home Street Party

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day there will be a stay at home street party on Friday 8th May. So decorate your house red, white and blue and enjoy a picnic in your front garden with your friends and neighbours, all suitably distanced of course. 

 

2020-04-27   Fire on Garforth Industrial Estate

Thick, dark, plumes of smoke billowed over Garforth on Sunday from a fire on Newhold Industrial Estate by the A642. West Yorkshire Fire service said the blaze was a shipping unit and industrial container. The service added that there was a large volume of paint and cylinders involved and 2 breathing apparatus, 2 hose reel’s and 2 large jets were used in controlling the fire, which started at 12.15pm. 

 

2020-04-26   Phishing Emails

North Yorkshire Police have received a lot of emails from concerned residents who have received suspicious emails concerning the Corona virus. This is being replicated across the country. As a result, GCHQ is asking members of the public to report suspicious emails that seek to exploit fear of Covid-19 to enrich cybercriminals. The National Cyber Security Centre has launched the suspicious email reporting service with a simple request of the public: forward any dubious emails to report@ phishing.gov.uk, and the NCSC’s automated scanning system will remove the criminal sites. 

 

2020-04-26   Swillington Educational Charity

The Swillington Educational Charity is embarking on another round of grant applications. If you are under 25, and live in Swillington or Great and Little Preston you may be eligible for an education grant. The deadline for applications is 31st August. Contact diane.brown56@ gmail.com for an application form 

 

2020-04-25   Litter Picks on Hold

Aberford Parish Council has suspended litter picks due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They have also postponed the Great British Spring Clean event until September 

 

2020-04-25   Mum Attacked Outside Garforth Takeaway

A Garforth mum-of-three can no longer leave her home for fear of being attacked again after a brutal assault left her with a gaping head wound and a bust lip. The attack happened on Garforth Main Street almost two weeks ago on Saturday, 11th April at around 10pm when she was walking with a friend to pick up a takeaway from Valentinos Pizzeria. West Yorkshire Police have released the CCTV images below of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact PC 4137 Goodall at Stainbeck Police Station and quote the log number 13200181019 for Saturday, 11th April. 

 

2020-04-24   Cybercrime Facebook Live

Each week on Thursday at 4pm officers in the Economic Crime Unit have undertaken to do a Facebook Live session on the North Yorkshire Police Facebook page to give advice on staying safe from fraud. This week’s presentation/advice will be given by the Cybercrime unit. Please join them at 4pm for advice on how to stay safe online 

 

2020-04-24   The Long Green Grass of Home

Yorkshire Local Councils Association has sent advice to all Parish Councils that grass cutting did not count as essential work and if carried out would not be covered under the Parish Council's insurance. Sherburn Parish Council has therefore decided to postpone grass cutting until the current crisis is over. 

 

2020-04-23   Litter Bin Collections

The public are being urged not to use public litter bins at the moment. This will help the Council reduce the time key workers spend emptying public bins. The advice is instead to double bag dog poo, tissues and face masks and put them in black bins. Plastic bottles and drinks cans can go in green bins 

 

2020-04-23   Sponsored Marathon

Gary Marshall from Garforth is doing a 26.2 marathon walk around Garforth, in stages to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support to thank them for the support they give. To sponsor him go to the justgiving site and look for gmmarathonmonth  

 

2020-04-22   Online Meeting with Police

On Thursday 23rd April between 18:00 - 18:30 hours, Sergeant Micklethwaite from West Yorkshire Police will be launching an online Facebook Meeting where you can ask questions and raise any concerns for your local area. 

 

2020-04-22   Vouchers Scam

North Yorkshire Police have received several reports of a text message circulating purporting to be from Tesco giving out free vouchers due to Covid-19. The user is asked to click on a link which leads to a genuine looking website which is designed to steal login information as well as personal and financial details. 

 

2020-04-21   Coronavirus Update

Leaders of North Yorkshire’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic will give an update on the work they are doing, and take questions from residents and businesses, in a live broadcast tomorrow, Tuesday 21 April. Commissioner Julia Mulligan will lead the live update and will be joined by Chief Constable Lisa Winward and Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie. Watch live on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ KgFU3Fche_M 

 

2020-04-21   Mr Garforth Town

Garforth Town club president Norman Hebbron has passed away in St. Gemmas Hospice, aged 92. “Mr. Garforth Town" first became involved with the club in the late 1960s. The iconic Norman Hebbron stand at Garforth Town is recognition of his achievements. 

 

2020-04-20   Scooter Stolen

A scooter was stolen from Tesco car park on Friday. It is an Electric Blue Yamaha Neos, Reg YP11 KCV. Possible suspects are 2 lads wearing baseball jackets who were seen acting suspicious earlier. The Police have been informed 

 

2020-04-20   150 Homes Plan

The detailed proposal for 150 homes on land to the west of Hodgson’s Lane (next to the 270 home site) can now be viewed on the Planning Portal for Selby District Council. This application was originally refused by Selby District Council, but following a successful appeal it was allowed. So the site has planning permission; this application is about the detail of the site (layout, access etc). 

 

2020-04-19   Garforth Businessman Asks Boris to Think Again

The former chairman of Pudsey Conservative Association has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to proceed with plans to heavily restrict access to the UK labour market for so-called “lower-skilled” overseas workers. Dr Aldiss, who is managing director of Garforth-based veterinary services company Eville & Jones and also serves as Secretary General of the Union of European Veterinary Hygienists, called on the Prime Minister to think again. 

 

2020-04-19   Top Rat

There have been more than 2,000 instances in the past three years where council workers have been alerted to rat sightings at houses or commercial properties across the city. Of the 36 listed areas of the city affluent Roundhay had most alerts with 108 reports, Harewood is 9th highest with 69 reported sightings, Kippax and Methley, in 29th position had 40 reports and Garforth and Swillington in 33rd place had just 25 reported sightings 

 

2020-04-18   Blackmail Scam

Last weekend, North Yorkshire Police received a number of calls from residents stating they have received an email from an unknown person who claims to have hacked your computer and accessed your webcam and used it to record you watching porn online. The email states that unless payment is made in Bitcoin the footage will be released to everyone in your contact list and posted online. This is a scam. 

 

2020-04-18   Lions Fund

Garforth Lions have received £1000 from a fund of 100 thousand pounds put up by the Lions Club Foundation of Great Britain to help local people who are vulnerable. The grant will be used to finance delivery costs and emergency items not provided in the standard food parcels. Garforth Lions have managed to deliver over 300 parcels to more than 200 addresses 

 

2020-04-17   Schools Urged to Surrender Spare PPE

Leeds schools including Brigshaw High School, Garforth Academy and Lawnswood School have been praised for donating science goggles, masks and visors to the NHS, who are in desperate need of more personal protection equipment. Other schools are being urged to check their store rooms for similar spare equipment and pass it on the their local NHS 

 

2020-04-17   Was He Given the Sack?

The idea for the World Coal Carrying Championships was first thought of in the Beehive Inn, Gawthorpe in 1963, following a bit of banter between three men over who was the fittest.The winner of the first ever men's coal race was David Thompson, of Garforth in 1964, who won it in a time of 6 minutes and 52 seconds. 

 

2020-04-16   Children’s Centres Hit by Virus Threat

Kippax and Villages East Children’s Centres, and all Children’s Centres in Leeds, have stopped all groups and courses due to Coronavirus. One to one support can still go ahead however in line with government guidelines this will be offered remotely. 

 

2020-04-16   Skinhead For the NHS

Stuart Moore from Garforth persuaded 25 of his friends to shave their heads and donate the cost of a haircut to Leeds Cares, raising hundreds of pounds. . They posted before and after photos and videos on Stuarts Facebook event ‘Skinhead for the NHS’. The money raised will go to Leeds Cares’ ‘Support Your NHS Hospitals Appeal’ 

 

2020-04-15   First is Worst

According to Public Health England data Leeds local authority area had 628 confirmed cases of Covid on 12th April. Comparatively, Leeds ranks 108th out of 149 local authorities in terms of number of Covid infections with 79.6 cases per 100 thousand residents. 

 

2020-04-15   Bicentenary Tribute

To commemorate Florence Nightingales 2020 Bicentenary community groups from Lotherton Hall and Leeds Art Gallery have partnered with staff at LGI and St James’s Hospital to renovate the Winter Garden in the centre of LGI 

 

2020-04-14   Micklefield Community Help Group

Do you need help with your shopping? If you are isolated, vulnerable, or a key worker they can help you. Call Gavin on 07868483727 anytime between 8am and 10pm 

 

2020-04-14   Garforth Lions Easter Fundraiser

Garforth Lions have been unable to hold their annual Easter Car Boot Sale in the Tesco car park this year because of the current lockdown. Instead they are trying to raise the £1000 of lost funds by asking 100 people to donate £10. If you would like to help then visit www.gofundme.com and search for Garforth Lions. Click on the basket of coloured eggs and you will find the donation page 

 

2020-04-13   Covid Test Centre Opens in Leeds

The first coronavirus test centre in Leeds has now opened. However, the test centre at Temple Green, near junction 45 of the M1, is not open to members of the public. Instead, self-isolating NHS workers will be given an appointment by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to visit the site, while members of their family who are showing symptoms will also be granted access. The swabs will be sent to specialist labs in Milton Keynes, Alderley Park and Glasgow, with the test results coming back within a few days. 

 

2020-04-13   Micklefield Buses

In response to requests from key workers living in Micklefield Arriva has agreed to setting up a limited service to connect with bus services in Garforth. Service 403 will leave Micklefield Post Office at 0551 and 0616am, arriving at Garforth Main Street at 0602 and 0627am. In the evening there will be 403 services from Main Street at 5.30pm, 6pm and 7pm arriving at Micklefield Post Office 11 minutes later. These services will commence on Tuesday 14th April 

 

2020-04-12   Care Home Application

A planning application has been submitted to change a property in Astley Lane Swillington into a residential care home for up to 3 young people with 24 hour supervision by two carers 

 

2020-04-12   New charging points

Power charging network Ionity has installed 350kw chargers at the new services at Skelton Lake. The firm claims they can fully charge vehicles in 20 minutes 

 

2020-04-11   Bank Scam Warning

North Yorkshire Police have issued a warning about a scam text purporting to be from Santander saying there has been an unusual attempt to login to your online Banking. Underneath is a link that it asks you to click on. Do not click on this link or any other link from a text or email. 

 

2020-04-11   Helping to Protect

Staff from Sherburn High School have delivered boxes of safety goggles, gloves and aprons to be distributed to Pinderfields Hospital and other local NHS centres. 

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