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2020-03-28   Rocky Horror Cancelled due to Virus

Tonight’s Rocky Horror Show themed evening at Kippax Band Club in aid of Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery Fund has been cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions 


2020-03-28   Recycling Collections

Selby District Council have announced their new 4 week recycling collections. Weeks 1 and 3 will be Refuse and Green garden waste bins, week 2 will be Blue bin for glass, cans and plastic and week 4 will be the Brown bin for paper and card 


2020-03-27   Treasurer Wanted

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust want to recruit a new trustee as Treasurer. This is a volunteer position. The charity oversees Sherburn and Villages Community Library and the Old Girls school Community Centre and Tea Room. The Trust meets once a month in the evening. Visit the community trust website for more details. 


2020-03-27   Village Hall Closes

Great and Little Parish Council have announced that the Village Hall with be closed for the foreseeable future 


2020-03-26   Council Announcement on Funerals

Leeds City Council Funeral Chapel Services - Burials and Cremations have announced that with immediate effect, no new bookings will be taken for chapel funeral services. Chapel funeral services that have already been arranged, will go ahead as planned. Any new services booked in from today, will be undertaken as ‘Direct Cremation Services’ only ie a funeral which is not attended by mourners and has no service. As for burials and the provision of ‘graveside services’, these will go ahead as planned. 


2020-03-26   Local Fishery Open

Kippax Park Fishery has announced that there will be no open matches for the next three months. The fishery will be open for pleasure fishing until further notice. 



Garforth eatery 450 Degrees donated a stack of pizzas to care workers at The Coach House Care Home and The Hollies Care Home on Sunday night. Owner Danny Cairns said he wanted to support the care workers as they are so often the unsung heroes. The restaurant has now closed for public dining but is open for takeouts. 


2020-03-25   Saturday Service

Emergency bus timetables have been introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic. First Bus will be operating a Saturday timetable every day. They have asked any key workers not able to get to work because of the changes to contact them so that they can look to make changes. 


2020-03-24   Playgrounds Close

Leeds City Council has closed all playgrounds in its parks from Monday 23rd March.as part of its efforts to control Coronavirus. The parks remain open for the time being 


2020-03-24   Bus Closes High Street

A 163 bus crashed into scaffolding on Kippax High Street on Monday partially closing the road. Services 163 1nd 166 were rerouted while the accident was cleared. Nobody was seriously hurt. 


2020-03-23   Early Buses Allowed

Older passengers and others with free bus passes can now use them at any time of day after transport bosses in West Yorkshire lifted restrictions. West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) said the move was designed to help older people get to shops and supermarkets earlier in the day. 


2020-03-23   Prom-pt Action by Head

The Head Teacher at Sherburn High, Miriam Oakley, has decided, because of the exceptional circumstances this year, to re-arrange the Years 11 Prom. It is provisionally re-scheduled for Friday 11th September and she has made the unprecedented decision that this year’s Prom, will be open to everyone to attend. Tickets will go on sale next week, via Parent Pay 


2020-03-22   Let it Lie

The Kippax Spring Clean litter pick planned for Sunday 29th March has been cancelled until further notice 


2020-03-22   Festival Tickets for Aberford Residents

Leeds Festival organisers have increased Aberford and District Parish Council’s ticket allocation to 80 tickets for 2020, each valid for the 3 days of the festival including camping (resident ticket price = £40 / normal price = £215. Tickets are only for Aberford and District Parish residents. Tickets cannot be sold on. Application forms can be found on the parish council website. Applications must be in by 31st march 


2020-03-21   Lucky Lottery Winners

A postcode in Sherburn was one of two lucky postcodes drawn on Thursday in the People’s Postcode Daily Lottery. Residents in LS25 6DF have the chance to claim £1000 for each winning ticket upto a maximum of three tickets 


2020-03-21   Garforth Gala

This year’s Garforth Gala and Boot Sale scheduled to take place at Glebelands on Sunday 28th June has been cancelled due to the current Coronavirus emergency. The Lions will be contacting everyone who has paid a deposit. The gala will be back 0n 27th June 2021 


2020-03-20   Virus Scams Warning

North Yorkshire Police have been made aware of a number of new scams exploiting peoples fear over the Corona virus. Please do not click on links or open attachments and take time to check that the email is from a legitimate source. 


2020-03-20   Local MP Supports New Railway Station

Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke has submitted a proposal to re-open the railway station at Methley using a share of the £500m promised by Government to improve transport links. The MP has also in the past supported creating disabled access to the east bound platform at Garforth 


2020-03-19   Church Cancels Services

St Mary’s Church in Garforth has announced that all regular worship services and other events are suspended because of the Coronavirus outbreak. The church will remain open for private prayer every day from 9am to 3pm. 


2020-03-19   Average House Price Up

Average house price in LS25 is £237,612 according to Zoopla. This is an increase of £5,484 in the last year but there has been a fall of £1,068 in the last 3 months 


2020-03-18   Miners Season Suspended

Garforth Town were without a game on Saturday after the Board of the Northern Counties East League cancelled all matches due to the Coronavirus situation. A date for the resumption of fixtures will be announced as soon as it is considered safe to do so.  


2020-03-18   Virus Closes Public Attractions

From today Lotherton Hall, the café the shops will be closed to the public. Wild Life World and the wider estate will remain open to the public and entry charges will be suspended for a temporary period. Leeds city Council will monitor developments and follow government guidance on when it may be appropriate for them to reopen. Across the city Tropical World, Golden Acre Park, Templenewsam and the Arium are also impacted 


2020-03-17   Driving is a Kids Game

Young Driver is offering 10 to 17 year olds the chance to start driving lessons in a safe and controlled environment at Church Fenton aerodrome on Wednesday 18th April. 30 and 60 minute lessons must be booked in advance by calling 0333 577 9010 


2020-03-17   Local Surgery Cancels Face-to-Face Appointments

Moorfield House Surgery in Garforth has cancelled face-to-face appointments and will now conduct them over the phone amid the coronavirus pandemic. There are now 1,391 confirmed cases of the flu-like virus in the UK, including 19 in Leeds. Public Health England advises "If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111." 


2020-03-16   Junior Footballers Wanted

Swillington Miners Welfare are looking for players, boys and girls, for their kids football teams. For years 1 (U6) call Dan on 07468755020, for year2 (U7) contact Dale on 07770939743 and U8’s should call Nathan on 07904062498 


2020-03-16   Kippax Spring Clean

Kippax in Bloom are hosting a spring clean litter pick on Sunday 29th March. Volunteers should meet in the Co-op carpark at 10am, bringing their own gloves. Bags will be provided. There will be tea and biscuits in the Co-op foyer at 11.30 and an Easter Raffle for all volunteers, courtesy of the Co-op. Everybody is welcome to help. Children should be accompanied by an adult 


2020-03-15   Garforth WI

Garforth WI March MAIN Meeting takes place at Firthfields Community Centre at 8pm on Tuesday 17th March. All ladies are welcome for just £4 including refreshments. 


2020-03-15   Miners Win Away

A spirited fightback saw Garforth Town overhaul a two goal deficit to win at Grimsby Borough by 4-2 on Wednesday night 


2020-03-14   Leeds Camps

This Easter Leeds Camps are hosting seven magnificent camps at Garforth Academy for children from Reception age through to Year 7! Whether it's Minecraft, Fashion, VR & Gaming, Amazing Art, Bloc-Busters, Camp 9 ¾ or Fortnerf , there's 'A Camp For Every Child' on offer this half-term! For more information call 0113 2249331 


2020-03-14   Bag Packing Success

Kippax Juniors FC raised £388 in their fundraising bag pack at the Co-op Kippax last Saturday. They wish to thank everyone who donated and especially the Co-op for allowing them to do it. 


2020-03-13   JCB Recovered

Police officers recovered a JCB last week. If anyone has any dash cam footage of it being driven on Friday night in the Garforth area please contact 101 and quote 13200120725 


2020-03-13   We are the Champions

Kippax Band were winners at this month’s Yorkshire Area event in the 3rd Section. The win comes exactly 40 years since the last first place win for Kippax at the Yorkshire competition! As a bonus Faye Thompson, Kippax Band's soprano cornet, received the 'Best Soloist' prize of the 3rd Section. 


2020-03-12   Coffee Morning Cancelled

A coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at the Miners Welfare Hall on Saturday 14th March has been cancelled 


2020-03-12   300 New Jobs

Recruitment is under way for 300 new jobs at the Leeds Skelton Lakes Services at junction 45 of the M1. The site is scheduled to open in the spring. There is a wide range of food and drink outlets on the site as well as a 100 bedroom hotel. Details of the vacancies are on the leedsskeltonlakeservices .co.uk website  


2020-03-11   A Diamond Couple

Wetherby couple David and Valerie Todd, who met as teenagers in their home town of Garforth, are set to celebrate their 60th wedding. The couple married on March 12 1960 at St Mary’s Church in Garforth when Miss Gent was 21 and Mr Todd was 22 and their first home was at Town End in Garforth. 


2020-03-11   Coronavirus Scams Warning

North Yorkshire Police have issued a warning about Coronavirus related scams. Since February 2020, there have been 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800k. Ten of these reports were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers. Fraudsters are also sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details. 


2020-03-10   Really Wild Spring

Lotherton Hall is hosting a Really Wild Spring for the Easter break. The event runs from 4th to 19th April from 11am to 4pm. Enjoy Easter at Lotherton with zany zoo animals, hidden house creatures and fantastic flowery gardens. Follow the Wildlife trail, take part in crazy animal crafts and try out seed planting.  


2020-03-10   Local GP Surgery Suspends Walk-in Appointments

A number of Leeds doctors' surgeries have reportedly suspended walk-in appointments are due to fears over the spread of coronavirus. As an alternative, patients at Swillington Health Practice, Marsh Street Surgery and Oulton Medical Centre will be asked to use a telephone triage service. 


2020-03-09   Red Bear Vacancy

Sam Smith’s Brewery is advertising for a live-in management couple at the Red Bear in Sherburn. Applications close on 31st March 


2020-03-09   Shepherd Group Band

St Mary’s Church, South Milford presents an evening of entertainment with Shepherd Group Youth Brass Band on Saturday 16th May at 7pm. Tickets are £5 from 01977 683459. There will be light refreshments and a raffle. 


2020-03-08   Briggate Applies for Longer Hours

Wetherspoons on Main Street Garforth has submitted a planning application to use their front beer garden an extra 2 hours to midnight every day and to allow deliveries to begin from 7am on Mondays to Fridays.  


2020-03-08   Disappointing Night Under the Lights

Garforth Town played at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare on a Friday night this week. Three second-half goals condemned the Miners to a disappointing home defeat to 6th place Hemsworth. The bumper crowd of 237 was Town's highest of the season 


2020-03-07   Planning Application for Self-Builds

A planning application has been submitted to convert Whitehouse farm in Aberford to office and workspace units. Outline permission is also being sought for a residential development of 10 affordable houses and 20 self-build units. 


2020-03-07   Cheers!

Police were called to four youths causing damage to bus shelters on Aberford Road Garforth last Sunday. The lads fled when the police arrived, leaving behind two crates of beer. The police hope they will call in and try to reclaim it.  


2020-03-06   200 Years of Florence Nightingale

There is Florence Nightingale Bicentenary Exhibition at Lotherton Hall until 18th October. The exhibition explores the family connections between Nightingale and the Gascoignes of Lotherton, with a series of newly discovered objects including letters, paintings, jewellery, books, furniture and dresses. 


2020-03-06   Gala Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are required to help steward this year’s Sherburn Gala at Eversley Park on Saturday 16th May. The set up will start at 7am and the event will run from 10am. The event will close around 4-5pm depending on the weather. If you can help call 07738124000. 


2020-03-05   Miners Lose to Leaders

League leaders Staveley Miners Welfare hit three goals in the first half hour of this rearranged game, leaving Garforth Town a mountain to climb. A much better second half by the Miners saw them contain Staveley and pull a goal back through a Jack Lazenby penalty.  


2020-03-05   44th Sherburn Gala

Sherburn Gala is back for its 44th year. This year’s Gala will be held on Saturday 16th May and this year’s theme is ‘Around the World’. The Gala will start from 10am and then the parade will be at 12:00 as usual, setting off from New Lane working its way through the village centre, and finishing at Eversley Park. 


2020-03-04   Careers Fair

There is a Careers Fair in the Main School Hall at Tadcaster Grammar School on Tuesday 10th March from 5pm to 7.30pm. Students, parents and carers from Sherburn High School can come along and find out about apprenticeships, careers, further and higher education and volunteering. 


2020-03-04   Road Accident Appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses and dash-cam footage after a 22-year-old man died in a collision near Sherburn. It happened on the night of Sunday 1st March at around 9.15pm when a red Mini Cooper travelling along Fenton Lane towards Church Fenton, left the road and came to rest in a field. The sole occupant of the car, a 22-year-old man from the Tadcaster area, sustained serious injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where he later died. Anyone who saw the incident should call 101 and quote incident number 12200036516. 


2020-03-03   Help Wanted

Garforth Musical Society are currently looking for new members and would welcome budding performers from aged 11 upwards. No experience is necessary, but a cheerful attitude is helpful! They also need help with costumes, make up, publicity and front of house. GMS performs two shows a year at the Miners Welfare Hall. 


2020-03-03   Latest Health Walks List

The list of Leeds Health Walks for March and April is now available. Follow the link in the right-hand column for details. All walks will be easy-going and approximately 3.5 to 4 miles in length, unless otherwise stated. Some may include off-road walking and involve the use of stiles. Please wear suitable footwear and bring waterproof protection (raincoat or umbrella). All walks are free and there is no need to book, just turn up  


2020-03-02   The Lion King

Firthfields Community Centre is running an outing to see the Lion King at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford on Thursday 14th May at 7.30pm. The coach leaves Firthfields at 6pm. Tickets cost £69 including transfers. For more details call 0113 2864298 


2020-03-02   Miners Washed Out Again

Garforth Town’s away game at Staveley Miners Welfare on Saturday was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. They are hoping to re-arrange for Tuesday night. 


2020-03-01   Macmillan Coffee Morning

There is a Macmillan coffee morning at the Miners Welfare Hall on Saturday 14th March 


2020-03-01   Three Burglaries in Garforth

Three burglaries were reported in Garforth on Wednesday. There was a burglary on ninelands Lane in the afternoon where entry was gained by smashing a patio door. Two further attempted burglaries were reported on Alandale Road and Lindsay Road. The burglars tried to break in overnight, damaging door locks but failing to get entry. Three men were seen at one of the addresses around 2am. The police are stepping up patrols in the town 


2020-02-29   Charity Rocky Horror

There will be a Rocky Horror Show themed evening at Kippax Band Club on Saturday 28th March in aid of Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. The event, for over 16’s will start at 7pm and end at 11.30pm. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult. 


2020-02-29   Motorway Services Opening Soon

The new Leeds Skelton Lakes motorway services at Junction 45 of the M1 which should have opened last month have overrun and will now open in the spring. The site will provide 300 new jobs for the area. 


2020-02-28   Clairvoyant Visits Garforth

Top clairvoyant medium Steve Holbrook will be appearing at Garforth Holiday Inn from 7.30pm on Monday 23rd March. Tickets are £17 in advance from 01823 666292 or £18 on the door. 


2020-02-28   Lions Charity Golf Day

Garforth Lion’s Charity Golf Day takes place at Garforth Golf Club on Thursday 7th May. Cost of Entry is £100 per team of four. Closing date for entries is Saturday 25th April. All proceeds will be going to Garforth and District Lions Club local charities. 


2020-02-27   Comedy Night

There will be a Comedy Night at Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Centre in aid of Monk Fryston United FC on Saturday 7th March from 6.30pm till late. Tickets are £20 including a pie and pea supper from Liam Fox on 07837 730032 


2020-02-27   Miners Evening Off

Garforth Town’s Wednesday evening league game away at Penistone Church was called off due to snow. 


2020-02-26   Parish Council Meeting

The next Great and Little Preston Parish Council Meeting will be held on 26th February 2020 at 6.30pm in the Elder’s Community Centre 


2020-02-26   Speed Checks in Church Lane

Following complaints from local residents about speeding in the Church Lane area of Garforth, officers from Leeds off road motorcycle team attended and carried out checks 


2020-02-25   Guide Dogs Talk

At Garforth Social on Monday 9th March from 1.30 to 2.30pm a volunteer from the Guide Dogs Association will be coming into the library to speak about how guide dogs are trained... and they'll be bringing the dogs with them. This talk is more suitable for adults. Then from 3.00-4.00pm the guide dogs will be upstairs in the Children's Area. 


2020-02-25   School Places

St Benedict's Catholic Primary School in Garforth currently has School and Nursery places available. Any enquiries please contact the school office on 0113 2869819. 


2020-02-24   Burglary Appeal

At around 11am last Wednesday 5 men wearing balaclavas and driving a red Audi A3 smashed the rear patio door of a property on Haddlesey Road in Birkin. When they were challenged by a neighbour they threatened him with a crowbar and made off in the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped in West Yorkshire and 4 males were arrested and will now be spoken to about the incident. Police are appealing for any information, especially CCTV covering this vehicle or the offenders. Please contact us on 101 quoting ref 12200029282. 


2020-02-24   Miners Win

Alex Burton hit two goals in the first twelve minutes to see off Eccleshill United in a fine 2-1 home win. Gale force winds made conditions difficult but Garforth coped best and were rarely threatened by the Eagles, until a lapse of concentration allowed Jacob Buchanan to pull one back from a corner in the 90th minute. 


2020-02-23   Blinded by the Light

Sherburn Community Cinema presents Blinded By The Light at the Old Girls’ School Community Centre, Sherburn, in partnership with Selby Globe Community Cinema on Friday 13th March. Doors open at 7pm with the film starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 each and can be purchased on the door 


2020-02-23   Pair Let Horse Deteriorate

Richard Marnick, 24, and Catherine Brooksbank, 42, were fined at Leeds Magistrates Court on February 21 after being convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. The court heard that Marnick paid Brooksbank, who is an experienced trainer, £80 a week to look after him at her stables in Garforth. Archie appeared to be healthy when he and Marnick paid for the full livery package, that included hay and hard feed, but after 18 months he was found to have deteriorated and lost a lot of weight. Marnick, of The Marsh in Pudsey, was fined £532 at Leeds Magistrates' Court and £300 of that money will be sent to the RSPCA. Brooksbank, of Severn Drive in Garforth, was fined £982 and £750 of that money will be sent to the RSPCA. 


2020-02-22   Making Japan Exhibition

A new exhibition at Lotherton Hall will take visitors on a journey to Japan thanks to fascinating links forged decades ago by one time Ambassador to Japan Sir Alvary Gascoigne, who inherited Lotherton in 1937. Sir Alvary’s career took him to countries across the world and exposed him to many different cultures. Making Japan will be at Lotherton from 1st March until 18th October. A series of events and workshops will be taking place as part of the exhibition. 


2020-02-22   Christmas Drink Driver Banned

David Baldwin from Seacroft was stopped by police officers concerned about the way he was driving his car in Kippax on Christmas Eve. He told the officers he had just drunk a half litre of whiskey and that he didn’t have a driving licence. He pleaded guilty to failing to provide a breath specimen, having no insurance and possessing cannabis. He was ordered to complete a 24 day rehabilitation activity and was banned from driving for three years 


2020-02-21   Annual Charity Ball

The Yorkshire Charity will be hosting their 29th annual black-tie ball at Ledston Hall on Saturday 4th July 2020. The Yorkshire Charity has raised over £360,000 for local Yorkshire charities over the years and for this year’s event, the main charity will be Heart Research UK. 


2020-02-21   Indoor Car Boot Sale

There will be an indoor car boot sale at the Old Girls School Community Centre in Sherburn on Sunday 8th March from 10am to 2pm. Tables are £8 and must be booked in advance. Admission for buyers is free. 


2020-02-20   Fashion Show

There will be a fashion show at the Old Girls’ School on Wednesday 4th March. Doors opening at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £3 and include a drink. There will be lots of high street brands being showcased at affordable prices. Tickets are available to buy from the Old Girls’ School 


2020-02-20   How to Get Lotto Funds Event

Elmet and Rothwell constituency is ranked 640th out of 650 wards when it comes to cash handouts from the National Lottery. Kippax ward councillors have now arranged for representatives from the National Lottery Community Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund to speak to residents about what money is available and how to apply. Anyone interested is invited to attend a meeting at the Old School in Allerton Bywater today 20th February from 5pm to 6.30pm 


2020-02-19   Zero Waste Shop

Scott and Angela Cooper from Garforth have launched the first zero waste shop in east Leeds - selling refillable household goods in a bid to save the planet. Customers are encouraged to bring containers and bottles and re-fill them with cereals, oils, grains, spices and other cupboard essentials. Refill & Go is open on Main Street, Garforth, from 9.15am until 5pm Monday to Wednesday, 6pm on Thursday and Friday and 9am until 5pm on Saturday. 


2020-02-19   HMRC Scam

There has been a marked increase in the number of residents receiving an automated call supposedly from HMRC who state there is a warrant out for your arrest due to unpaid tax and to press 1 to speak to an advisor. This is a scam. Do not press 1 and terminate the call. 


2020-02-18   Join Garforth Social

Garforth Social group meets every two weeks at Garforth Library on Mondays from 1.30 to 2.30pm. The group hosts free activities including singalongs, quizzes and talks. No booking is required, just call in for a cuppa and meet new friends 


2020-02-18   High Flying Delta

Delta Academies Trust, which leads 51 schools across Yorkshire and the Humber including almost all of the schools in Garforth, has been ranked one of the best education providers in the country in new Government tables. In official league tables, Delta was ranked 14th out of more than 100 academy trusts for GCSE results and the progress students make – and third of the large academy trusts overseeing at least 20 schools. 


2020-02-17   Miners Waterlogged

Garforth Town’s away game to Grimsby Borough on Saturday was called off due to a waterlogged pitch 


2020-02-17   Rachel Reeves Live

The Old Girls’ School will be hosting a talk and a Q & A with Rachel Reeves MP, author of Women of Westminster, The MPs Who Changed Politics. The talk will be on Thursday 23rd April at 7:30pm, at The Old Girls’ School Community Centre. Tickets are £6 including a glass of wine/beer/soft drink/beverage. 


2020-02-16   What the Dickens

A new community reading facility is starting in Hillam. What the Dickens opens its doors at Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Centre on Wednesday 19th February at 10.30am and will be at the community centre every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm and every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm. For more information call 07500 450249 


2020-02-16   Fraudsters Target Kippax

Police are investigating a gang of fraudsters who have been targeting elderly home owners in Kippax. The incidents happened at the end of January when a leaflet drop offered services to steam clean roofs and driveways. Call 101 if you have any information about this. 


2020-02-15   It’s a Lottery

A postcode in Little Fenton, Sherburn was announced as the People’s Lottery winner last Tuesday. Lucky residents at LS25 6HQ could claim £1000. The lottery raises money for charities. 


2020-02-15   Cash Van Robbery in Swillington

Armed robbers raided a cash-in-transit van at Tesco Express on Wakefield Road Swillington at 6.30am on Thursday. The two men and cashbox fled the scene in a dark coloured car and the empty cashbox was found shortly afterwards in Swillington Lane. Anyone with any information regarding the robbery should contact the police on 101 


2020-02-14   Amazon Fraud

There have been over 500 local reports about an automated call impersonating Amazon. The recipient of the call is informed fraudsters have used their personal details to subscribe to Amazon Prime and are instructed to 'press 1' if they wish to cancel the subscription. When victims do this they are automatically connected to criminals posing as Amazon Customer Services who attempt to remotely access the victims computer in order to steal personal and financial details. 


2020-02-14   Lorry Driver Jailed for Pensioner’s Death

A lorry driver who reversed over and killed Garforth great-grandmother Kathleen Wilkinson before driving off unaware has been jailed for ten months. Scaffolder Dunston Dean Wainwright was behind the wheel of a 7.5 tonne flatbed truck that was slowly manoeuvring out of a side street in Garforth town centre on the afternoon of 23rd January, last year, when he struck Kathleen, a 71-year-old who was hard of hearing. Wainwright had previous driving convictions, including a ban for dangerous driving from 2006 when he was being chased by police, followed by two convictions in 2008 and 2011 for driving while banned. 


2020-02-13   Battlefield Comes to Library

During February half term on Tuesday 18th February, 2pm-4pm, The Towton Battlefield Society are coming to Sherburn and Villages Community Library to run an interactive talk and activity workshop for children of any age. Tickets are £2.50 and are available from the library. 


2020-02-13   Fox Killing at Fairburn Ings

On Wednesday, 5th February West Yorkshire Police's Wildlife Team were called to Fairburgn Ings after reports that a fox was killed by dogs. A crime of hunting with dogs has been recorded. Anyone with any information please call 101 and quote 13200067570. 


2020-02-12   RNLI Coffee Morning

The Garforth branch of RNLI is holding a coffee morning at the Miners Welfare Hall on Saturday 15th February from 10am till noon. Refreshments, souvenirs, home made cakes, tombola and books are available 


2020-02-12   Teachers’ Open Day

On Friday,21st February the RSPB Fairburn Ings reserve will be hosting its first teacher open day, which allow local teachers to learn more about the RSPB’s schools on reserves programme and the outdoor learning opportunities, while giving their own children a really wild adventure at the same time. This event is free to teachers and their children and includes free parking and family friendly activities. To book your place, contact Rebecca Savage on 01977 628196 


2020-02-11   School Closed

Friday 14th February is a staff training day at Garforth Academy and so the school is closed to all pupils. 


2020-02-11   Recruiting Begins for New Service Station

Dozens of new jobs are up for grabs at a brand new M1 service station near Leeds and people can find out more at a series of recruitment days this month. Skelton Lake services were initially due to open last month, but the construction has overrun slightly and the £60 million project at junction 45 will now be completed in spring. The services are just a few miles away from Garforth, Rothwell and Swillington and will create around 300 permanent jobs. A raft of new roles are currently being advertised by developers Extra Motorway Service Area (MSA) Group. 


2020-02-10   Murder Mystery Evening

There is a Lourdes Fund Murder Mystery Evening at 7:30pm on, Saturday 29th February in St Benedict’s Parish Centre. Tickets are £10 each and include a two course supper. For tickets please call 0113 286 8159 or 0113 286 7790. 


2020-02-10   Art for the Hospice

Osgoldcross and Elmet Rotary Invite you to Field’s Garden Centre, Sherburn in Elmet Friday 20th March from 6.30pm onwards to support Art for the Hospice. You will be greeted with a glass of wine or soft drink, entertained by local musicians while you browse pictures, have a go on the tombola then enjoy a pie and pea supper. Tickets are £10, available from Chris Lovett, Tel 01977 620766. All the art work is available for purchase and monies go to St Leonards and the Prince of Wales hospices. 


2020-02-09   Landowners Against Foxhunting

Landowners are having to stand guard to prevent a hunt trespassing on their property after they repeatedly ignored "private" signs. One landowner from the Selby area said they are having to patrol their land when the Badsworth & Bramham Moor and York & Ainsty South Hunts (BBMYAS) hunts are out. The landowner, who asked not to be named, said they routinely ring the police to report the trespass and “illegal hunting”. She said: "Like many other nearby landowners, we have told them to stay away on numerous occasions and many of us have put ‘private’ signs up, but they ride straight past them. 


2020-02-09   Miners Win Again

In tough conditions and against a determined side, goals from Sean Hunter and Jack Lazenby either side of half time sealed the win 2-1 for Garforth Town at home Albion Sports on Saturday 


2020-02-08   Fraud Warning

North Yorkshire Police have received recent reports from local businesses whereby payment for goods or services are paid for by card over the phone but on several attempts payment has failed until a 'valid' card is presented. It subsequently turns out the previous attempts at payment are made with stolen cards and the address given to dispatch the goods is altered from an address to an industrial estate or similar. All these factors indicate a fraud in progress and businesses are asked to be vigilant 


2020-02-08   A Present from Santa

Garforth and District lions collected £10,974.74 with Santa over the Christmas period from the local community this year. The money will be used to support a range of local causes. 



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