2018-02-24 It’s a Tornado
A steam locomotive called Tornado will pass through Micklefield station at 11am and through the Garforth stations about 3 minutes later today Saturday 24th February
2018-02-24 PM Visits Garforth
Prime Minister Theresa May visited St Benedict’s school in Garforth on Monday. The visit was kept secret for security reasons. The Prime Minister met with senior leaders and teachers from the school
2018-02-23 Musically Masterful
Brigshaw Music Department hosted a masterclass given by Richard Meyrick, a professional concert pianist, as part of a scheme to take classical music into state schools and uncover hidden talent. Richard listened to 4 pupils play before an audience of Brigshaw and Boston Spa pupils, and gave tips and advice on improving their performances.
2018-02-23 They Will Rock You
The Sherburn High School production of We Will Rock You takes place from Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March at 7pm. Tickets are £3 for adults and £1.50 for students
2018-02-22 Holiday to Murder
Kippax Dramatic Society’s next production will be Holiday to Murder and will take place at St Mary’s Church Hall Kippax from 25th to 27th April. Tickets are £10 and include a two course meal. Call 286 2834 for more details
2018-02-22 Miners League Cup Exit
Garforth Town were dumped out of the league cup 4-0 at the hands of a lively Yorkshire Amateur team. Two goals in each half gave the home side a convincing victory and despite Garforth missing a few gilt-edged opportunities, Ammas were well worth their win.
2018-02-21 Easter Party
Micklefield Tenants and Residents association are holding a free Easter Party at Churchville House on 1st April from 2.30 pm. There will be Easter bonnets, games and refreshments. All welcome
2018-02-21 Well Above Average
Sherburn High School Post 16 students and staff are celebrating as they top the league tables in North Yorkshire for A level results. Results at the school are graded as “Well Above Average” and in the top 5% of all schools and colleges nationally.
2018-02-20 Sherburn Craft and Food Festival
The Sherburn Craft and Food Festival 2018 will be held at Eversley Park on Saturday 25th tp Monday 27th August
2018-02-20 Miners Draw 2-2
Mark Simpson and Dan Coupland were on target for The Miners in a frenetic first 20 minutes, but they were made to settle for a point by battling hosts Rainworth Miners Welfare who ended the match with ten men and an outfield player in goal. The Miners continue their unbeaten run and add to an improving away record.
2018-02-19 New Spire Magazine Here
The new February 2018 edition of the Garforth Parish magazine The Spire can be seen by clicking on the link in the right-hand column
2018-02-19 It’s Heron Fest
Fairburn Ings is to run Heron Fest , a celebration of weird and wonderful birds. The Ings currently host 30+ pairs of herons and last year included a spoonbill nest that saw the first chicks born here for 400 years. The Heron Discovery Quiz trail is free and runs from 9am to 5pm till Wednesday 28th March
2018-02-18 The Price of Stamps
The price of stamps is to rise by 2p, first class stamps are to rise to 67p and second class stamps to 58p from 26th March. The price of a large letter first class stamp is to rise to 101p
2018-02-18 Every Cloud
Legendary Leeds United fan and Kippax painter and decorator Gary Edwards is to publish a new book, Every Cloud, in October next year. The book tells the story of Leeds City, the club that disbanded in 1919 and became Leeds United
2018-02-17 Sherburn Litter Pick
There will be a community litter pick around Sherburn on Saturday 10th March from 10am to 11.30am. Volunteers should meet at the Scout Hut. There will be refreshments at the Methodist Church afterwards
2018-02-17 Olivia’s Dream House
Olivia Hall, a pupil at Strawberry Fields Primary School in Garforth has won the Draw your Dream house competition organised by estate agents Manning Stainton. Eleven year old Olivia has won a Samsung Tablet for herself and a cheque for £500 for the school.
2018-02-16 PC Meeting
The next Aberford Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th February in the Oriel Room, St Ricarius Church, commencing at 7.30pm.
2018-02-16 Be a Bear
Sherburn Bears rugby league teams are looking to recruit players . If you are interested in joining their open age team training is on Tuesday’s at 6.30-7.30pm at Eversley park. Girls teams start training on Thursday’s 6-7pm from 22nd February. Girls from year 7 upwards are welcome. Contact Amanda on 07900932827.
2018-02-15 The Binocular Challenge
Families can take the Binocular Challenge at St Aidan’s nature reserve until Sunday 25th February. Pick up a Binocular Challenge sheet and search for hidden clues and wildlife up close. The sheets are £1 from the visitor centre and you can bring your own binoculars or hire them for £3. Opening times are 9am to 5pm daily.
2018-02-15 Garforth War Memorial Opened by Mayor
A new outdoor memorial to the men who lost their lives in war was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Leeds on Tuesday. Members of the Royal British Legion were in attendance along with local residents and dignatories . The memorial is located in Garforth Cemetery
2018-02-14 A Tasty Experience
More than 22 players turned out for the Garforth Tigers at a Rhinos Foundation Sky Try Taster Session last week. The players will form a new under-sevens age group at the club.
2018-02-14 Decision Day for Kippax Housing Plan
Councillors are set to decide on Thursday whether a housing development of 43 houses can go ahead on a site at the back of Merton Close in Kippax. The meeting starts at 1pm at the Civic Hall
2018-02-13 Sherburn Gala
Sherburn’s 42nd Annual Gala will be held on 19th May. Because they are sharing their big day with the Royal Wedding the theme will be WW1 and Royal Wedding.
2018-02-13 Garforth OAP Passes his Driving Test
Seventy nine year old Keith Limbert from Garforth has passed his driving test so that he can take better care of his wife of 58 years who is unable to drive, following a stroke. Keith had previously given up trying to pass his test when he was 25 years old
2018-02-12 Sherburn Youth Survey
Residents are reminded that the Sherburn in Elmet youth survey can be completed on line but all paper copies of the survey musy be returned to the Library or the Council Offices by Friday 16th March
2018-02-12 Car Park Charges Backfire
Rail User groups are reporting that since the introduction of a £2 charge to use the car park at South Milford station usage have dropped off with drivers parking in surrounding streets or driving to Micklefield and Garforth stations
2018-02-11 A Full Band
Paul Harris and Joanna Wood have joined Kippax Band on 2nd cornet and percussion respectively. Their appointment means that the band goes into the 2018 contest season with a full complement, starting with next weekend’s trip to Durham
2018-02-11 Home Win for Miners
Garforth Town leapt to ninth in the league table overtaking their opponents Worksop Town after beating them 3-2 yesterday at the Supply Chain Network Stadium
2018-02-10 Running for Beginners
Kippax Harriers are running a 12 week beginners course starting on 17th April. They try to coincide the end of the course with a local event such as the Leeds 10K Run. The course costs £16. For more details email info@ kippaxharriers.org.uk
2018-02-10 Yorkshire Junior 5 a-side Football League
A junior 5 a side football league competition for U13, U11 andU9 age groups kicks off at Sherburn High School on Saturday 5th May, kick off at 10am. The price of entry is £18 per team
Garforth Academy Under 12's have been crowned West Yorkshire Football County Champions. The boys got off to a flying start against Rastrick going 1:0 up after 20 seconds! The final score was 4:1
2018-02-09 Community Speed Watch
A Community Speed Watch scheme is being set up in Sherburn and a training session will be delivered at the Eversley Park Centre at 1pm on Friday 16th February. The training session will take between one and two hours. Fully trained community residents will then visit pre-approved sites with a radar gun to record the speed and registration number of offending vehicles. All members must sign the North Yorkshire Police Code of Conduct.
2018-02-08 Sherburn Drop In Surgery
Come along to a Local Neighbourhood Officer surgery drop in session and talk to a Neighbourhood Officer about any issues or concerns you have and ask questions. They can offer advice and assistance in relation to housing queries, issues within your community and on a range of other council services. Sherburn surgery is held every Tuesday from 9.30am till 12.30pm at Sherburn Library
2018-02-08 Miners’ Surprise Win
Garforth Town bounced back from their 7-0 drubbing at the weekend by defeating highflying Maltby Main FC 3-2 last night. The Miners led 2-1 at half time and the score remained the same till the 90th minute when both teams scored
2018-02-07 Garforth Lions Car Boot Sale
Garforth and District Lions’ Easter Sunday Car Boot Sale takes place in Tesco’s carpark on 1st April. Doors open at 8am. For those wishing to sell, cars are £5 and vans £10. See the Garforth Lions facebook page for more information.
2018-02-07 Final Date for Brigshaw RL Stars
Brigshaw High School’s year 11 rugby league side will be taking part in the Yorkshire Schools Cup Final at the LD Nutrition Stadium on 14th March.
2018-02-06 Vehicle Damage
Between 8am and 5.45pm on 23rd January damage was caused to a vehicle parked on Beech Grove Burton Salmon. The vehicle was scratched all down one side. If you have any information, please contact the police on 101 ref 12180013001
2018-02-06 Line Dancing Afternoons
Absolute Beginners Line Dancing Classes take place at the Miners Welfare Hall on Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 3.30pm. Admission is £4 and all ages are welcome.
2018-02-05 Festival of Gin
The Birkin Mini Festival of Gin takes place at St Marys Church, Birkin on Friday 11th May from 7pm to 11pm. Tickets are £15
2018-02-05 Garage Break Ins
On 22nd January there were at least three break-ins into of garages in Deer Park Court, Monk Fryston. Nothing appears to have been taken and the police have been informed.
Garforth Musical Society’s next production, from 24th to 28th April at the Miners Welfare Hall, will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Performances start at 7.15pm. Tickets will be available from SPT Uniforms on Main Street
2018-02-04 Miners Smashed at Pickering Town
Garforth suffered a trouncing on an all-round miserable day in Pickering, losing 7-0. The Miners were behind after just five minutes when prolific hitman Ryan Blott opened the scoring and the Pikes never looked back.
2018-02-03 Oskar’s Amazing Adventure
Leeds Library Events present Oskar’s Amazing Adventure at Garforth Library on Tuesday 13th February from 2to 3pm. Suitable for children aged 2 to 8 years. Booking required
2018-02-03 Defender Leaves Miners
Defender Josh Dacre has left Garforth Town to join Division 1 side Worsbrough Bridge. Josh joined from Parkgate back in September, making his debut against Holker Old Boys in the FA Vase on September 9th. Sadly his appearances were ultimately curtailed by an injury suffered in the County Cup defeat to Guiseley back on 7th November
2018-02-02 Mini Festival of Gin
Garforth Mini Festival of Gin takes place at Cielo on Main Street on Saturday 10th February from 7pm to 11pm. There will be live music by Luke Flear. Call 07747 624785 for tickets at £15
2018-02-02 Last Sixteen
Garforth Academy Year 11 boys football team have made it through to the last 16 schools in the country after beating North Halifax Grammar School in the English Nationals Competition.
2018-02-01 Swimming Lessons for Toddlers
Swimtime Yorkshire are holding swimming lessons for pre -school children at the Holiday Inn Garforth starting 1st march. The 8 week course of half hour lessons at 1pm Monday and Thursday costs £8 per session. Call 01924 851439 for more details
2018-02-01 Pub Quiz Success
Elmet Lions Pub Quiz raised £800 from sponsorship from 10 pubs in the Sherburn and Monk Fryston areas. The Cross Keys at Hillam raised the most money, collecting £164, and completed the double by also winning the pub quiz. All funds have been donated to York Against Cancer, and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Appeal for Candlelighters.
2018-01-31 Charges for Building Waste at Council Tips
From the beginning of next month (Monday 5 February), people looking to dispose of certain types of household rubbish at their local waste sorting site in Leeds will need to pay a charge. The charge will only be made for items not considered to be regular household waste, such as rubble, plasterboard, soil and also tyres. Other waste can still be disposed of in the same way, with the existing permit scheme remaining in place.
2018-01-31 Night-time Road Closure
Aberford Road will be closed near the new Lidl store for carriageway surfacing and road marking from 12th February for 5 nights between 10pm and 6am. The work is scheduled to coincide with half term week to minimise disruption. A signed diversion route will be put in place
2018-01-30 Quiz Night
There is a quiz night at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Garforth on Monday 5th March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 including a light supper.
2018-01-30 Priest Wanted
The closing date for the vacancy for a priest at St Marys Garforth closes at the end of January and interview for the post will take place on 23rd February. The Reverend Gordon Cooper retired last September. Local retired priests and clergy from neighbouring churches continue to fill in ahead of the appointment
2018-01-29 Love Birds Fortnight
It’s Love Birds fortnight at Lotherton Hall from 10th to 25th February when visitors can enjoy envoy a variety of avian based activities including bird keeper talks and feeder making every Sunday and Wednesday
2018-01-29 Unbeaten Run Continues
Goals from Lee Turner, Mark Simpson and Mitch Hamilton earned Garforth Town a 3-2 win over nine-man Staveley Miners Welfare to move into the top ten. This was a third successive home win for the Miners
2018-01-28 Parlington Drop In
The Save Parlington Action Group (SPAG) is holding a drop in session in Aberford Village Hall on Wednesday 7th February from 3pm-7pm to discuss the Site Allocations Plan consultation that is currently open
2018-01-28 Radshan Medical Centre to Close
The closure of the Radshan Medical Centre on Butt Hill in Kippax was approved by NHS bosses on Thursday. Patients there will need to register with other practices by the end of April. Patients will be informed in writing what they need to do next.
2018-01-27 Well Above Average
Garforth Academy was one of only six secondary schools in Leeds named as performing well above average in the league tables published by the Department of Education.
2018-01-27 Royal Visit to Garforth
Princess Anne visited the offices of Garforth based car maker Ginetta on Thursday. She unveiled a plaque to mark the 60th year of the top motor brand
2018-01-26 Elmet Lions’ Roaring Christmas
Elmet Lions raised £4864.68 for their Santa Sleigh project which consisted of Santa and his elves visit local neighbourhoods bringing festive cheer, a toy appeal and the Santa Dash. The money raised will be used to support deserving causes in Sherburn, South Milford and surrounding villages
2018-01-26 Closure Threat to Kippax Medical Practice
Health bosses in Leeds are discussing the possible closure of Radshan Medical Centre in Kippax. The current provider The Practice PLC, could cease running the service from 30th April after finding it difficult to recruit a salaried GP and a practice manager.
2018-01-25 Lions’ Christmas Success
President Martin Eggington has announced that the Christmas collections by Garforth and District Lions Club have raised £9,155 for local good causes. He thanked the local community for its generosity
2018-01-25 Plan for 23 Kippax Homes
A planning application has been submitted to build a total of 23 homes on the site of a former primary school at the junction of Leeds Road and Westfield Lane in Kippax. The scheme would consist of 8 semis, three terraced houses and a three storey block of 12 flats. Comments on the application should be submitted to the council by 16th February
2018-01-24 Snowdrop Weekend
St Mary’s Church Swillington is holding a snowdrop weekend on Saturday 24th February from 10am to 3.30pm and on Sunday 25th from noon to 4pm. Admire the churchyard snowdrops, enjoy the stalls and refreshments available. The event will end with a concert by the White Rose Male Voice Choir at 3pm.
2018-01-24 Tigers Taster Trial
Leeds Rhinos Foundation will be running their first Sky Try Rugby League taster session of the year at Garforth Tigers on 3rd February. The free session is designed to encourage new players in years 1 and 2 of primary school and takes place at Garforth Academy from 6pm to 7pm. Ronnie the Rhino will be in attendance
2018-01-23 Full Back Leaves Miners
Full-back Jamie Allsop has left Garforth Town to join Nostell Miners Welfare. Jamie spent a long period on the sidelines after coming off injured in the home match against Rainworth in April last year and subsequently hasn't turned out for the first team this season. Jamie has opted to continue his recovery at Nostell where his father Kevin is chairman.
2018-01-23 Garforth Academy Dance Club Show
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Garforth Academy Dance Club Show. The show takes place on Friday 9th February and tickets cost £4 (£3 concessions) and can be purchased from Reception. All profits from this event will be donated to the Candle Lighters charity. Over thirty students have been involved in pulling the show together, including choreography, and they all look forward to welcoming you on the night!
2018-01-22 Aberford Parish Council Meeting
The next Aberford Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 16th January in the Oriel Room, St Ricarius Church, commencing 7:30 p.m.
2018-01-22 Big Bin Time
Friends of the Earth Selby, have proposed a large, single bin for recycling to the Selby District Council this week. This comes following multiple requests to the group stating a small recycling box is no longer sufficient due to how easily waste gets blown out and left to litter the street during bad weather.
2018-01-21 Rail Forum
Network Rail is holding a community forum between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday 25th January at Micklefield Youth and Adult Centre. There will be free refreshments
2018-01-21 Miners Draw Away
Garforth Town came from behind to earn a decent point at Hemsworth Miners Welfare. Mark Simpson got the vital touch after goalmouth scramble. The 1-1 draw extends the Miners' unbeaten run to four games.
2018-01-20 Actors Wanted
Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society are appealing for actors and helpers for their next production in April. Readings for the play are taking place at the Gaping Goose on 22nd, 25th, and 29th January and on 1st February. All readings start at 7.30pm
2018-01-20 Damage at Medical Centre
Youths have caused damage in and around the medical centre on Beech Grove Sherburn by climbing onto the roof and damaging both the roof and lighting at the location, North Yorkshire Police are asking anyone with information to call them on Tel 101 quoting ref:12180010131
2018-01-19 Café of the Year
Two premises in Main Street, Garforth are on the list of 100 cafes nominated for the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Café of the Year 2018. The cafes are Paula’s Café and Shake It Up. A final list of the top ten will be created when voting closes on 2nd February
2018-01-19 The Nation’s Worst
Garforth based care home operator Ideal Care Homes has been ranked as the nation’s worst in a survey by Which? The firm runs 16 facilities, 10 of which are classed by the Care Quality Commission as inadequate or requiring improvement
2018-01-18 Kippax WI
Kippax Women’s Institute meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in the community centre on Gibson Lane. The meetings run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Ring June Orr on 07944 9233640 for more information
2018-01-18 Ask the Panel
North Yorkshire Police are setting up a community panel to offer a new avenue to consult with a wide group of residents who are broadly representative of the communities within North Yorkshire.
2018-01-17 Musicians Wanted
Garforth Brass are looking for a horn player and a tenor trombone player for the area competition in March and beyond. For more information ring Christine on 07952312789
2018-01-17 MTRA Meeting
The next meeting of the Micklefield Tenants and Residents Association takes place on Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 7.30pm at Churchville House. Unfortunately children are unable to attend this meeting.
2018-01-16 Garforth and Swillington Forum
Garforth and Swillington Forum takes place at Garforth Country Club on Wednesday 17th January from 6pm to 8pm.
2018-01-16 Man Steals Booze
Officers want to speak to the man in connection with a shop theft in South Milford. The incident happened at the Southlands Garage on Friday 12 January at around 8.40pm, when a man entered the store, placed bottles of alcohol in a basket and left the store with the basket and its contents without attempting to pay for the items. Anyone who has any information, is asked to contact police quoting reference number 12180006819 .
2018-01-15 Consulting on Swillington Health
The public consultation on the future of Swillington Health Practice has been extended from 6th to 24th January following a public meeting in the village on 6th January
2018-01-15 The Big Garden Birdwatch
The RSPB are running events at Fairburn Ings and St Aidans encouraging families to learn about garden birds ahead of their Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 event which takes place between 27th and 29th January when the public are asked to spend 1 hour recording birds in their garden and then send the results to RSPB.
2018-01-14 Miners Win Away
Garforth Town won 4-0 away at Clipstone FC in their league fixture on Saturday. Clipstone remain anchored at the bottom of the division with 23 defeats and zero points
2018-01-14 Bumper Payout From Bonfire
The South Milford Community Bonfire committee has distributed £33,000 to local groups. The bonfire event has raised £329,000 for good causes in its 25 year existence
2018-01-13 Tell Julia
North Yorkshire residents are reminded that time is running out to have your say on police funding. Go to www.telljulia.com and tell Julia Mulligan, your Police and Crime Commissioner, how much you want to pay for policing.
2018-01-13 Lorry Driver Fights for Life
The 55 year old lorry driver involved in the accident that closed the M1 near junction 46 on Wednesday suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in a serious condition in hospital. The motorway was closed for 5 hours while police worked at the scene.
2018-01-12 RNLI Coffee Morning
There will be an RNLI coffee morning at the Miners Welfare Hall on Saturday 10th February
2018-01-12 Mum Jailed for Benefits Fraud
Rebecca Walker from Kippax has been jailed for 21 months after pleading guilty to 11 offences of fraud. The mother of six claimed more than £170,000 in benefits by making false claims about the health of her children.
2018-01-11 New Year Party
There will be a New Year Party for the Elderly (organised by Churches Together) at 2.30pm on Sunday 28th January 2018 at NET Garforth.
2018-01-11 Motorway Chaos after Accident
The M1 was closed yesterday between junctions 45 and 46 after a lorry overturned on the M1 northbound at about 3pm, Both carriageways of the M1 were closed after a HGV overturned. The air ambulance was sent to the scene of the closure. Debris from the lorry collided with vehicles travelling in the opposite direction
2018-01-10 Academy Reopens
Engineers successfully identified and repaired the breaches in the heating system at Garforth Academy and final work was completed over the weekend. As a result, the school opened as normal to students at 8.10am on Monday 8th January
2018-01-10 Bear Defibrillator
Elmete Lions have made a donation of £350 towards the Defibrillator for Sherburn Bears ARLFC. The club has already received a £500 grant from the Danny Jones Defib fund and a donation by a resident of £200 means the target has been reached.
2018-01-09 GCA AGM 2018
Garforth Community Association’s Annual General Meeting takes place at 7.30pm on Monday 22nd January at the Miners Welfare Hall.
2018-01-09 Millennium Babies' Ball
Eighteen teenagers born on 1st January 2000 celebrated their 18th birthdays at a Millennium Baby Club ball at the Garforth Holiday Inn on Saturday night. The event was organised by Jacky Simpson, the grandmother of Lucy Wilde, who was the first baby born at St James on 1st January 2000.
2018-01-08 Don’t Miss Saigon
Firthfields Community Centre are running a trip to see Miss Saigon at the Alhambra Theatre Bradford on Thursday 27th September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £60 each to include a mid-stalls seat and return coach travel. The coach leaves the community centre at 6pm. For more details call 0113 2864298
2018-01-08 Junior Rugby Players Wanted
Sherburn Bears Amateur Rugby League FC are looking for new players for their open age, under16 boys and under 7/8’s junior teams. Also they want girls for their year 7 upwards teams.
2018-01-07 Rail Strike Triple Hit
Members of the RMT union at Northern Rail will be on strike on Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week in the long running dispute over train guards. A spokesman for Northern Rail said they would run as many trains as possible on the strike days.
2018-01-07 Miners Win Derby Thriller
Garforth Town won a closely contested local derby 4-3 against an Albion Sports side that pushed them to the final Whistle. Mark Simpson and Jack Lazenby gave the Miners a commanding lead in the first 6 minutes, but Albion kept pegging the home side back. Two more Simpson strikes after the break put the game just beyond the visitors and earned Town a second straight win.
2018-01-06 A Good Kids Club
Garforth Kids Club after-school club has been rated Good in all areas in a newly published OFSTED report. Inspectors highlighted the quality of the teaching and the behaviour and welfare of the children
2018-01-06 Villans Plan for Defibrillator
Garforth Villa JFC have been selected for the Tesco Bags of Help grant. Their project is to fund a defibrillator, a new line marker and a mower. The blue disc boxes in local Tesco stores are open from 2nd January to 28th February