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2021-06-20   Wartime Weekend Concerts

This weekend is Wartime Weekend at Lotherton Hall and today there will be two wartime concerts with vocalist Miss Marina Mae. The events will be performed in the formal gardens at 11am and 2pm. 


2021-06-20   Gala Cancelled due to Covid

Due to lockdown/Covid easing measures being delayed Garforth Lions have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Garforth Gala. Stallholders will be contacted regarding a refund of fees in due course. 


2021-06-19   Jabs Now Available for All Adults

Leeds City Council is urging everyone eligible for a vaccine in Leeds to get their jab as soon as they can, with appointments now open to everyone over 18. 


2021-06-19   Fine to Walk the Dog

Leeds City Council has launched a public consultation to revise a current Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which currently bans dogs running free in several gardens and golf courses in the city. This includes the ornamental gardens at Lotherton Hall, Golden Acre Park, Horsforth Hall Park, Wharfe Meadows Park, Otley, The Hollies, Temple Newsam and Roundhay Park, where dog walkers must keep their pets on a lead or face a £100 fine. 


2021-06-18   Car Boot Sale

The next Osgoldcross and Elmet Rotary Club car boot sale will be held at Milford Plants (LS25 5BX) on Sunday 11th July 2021. Sellers can arrive from 8am, and it is £10. Buyers can arrive from 9am, and entry is free. For more information, contact Nigel on 01977 682021 or 07857 160596. 


2021-06-18   Aldi is Looking

Budget supermarket Aldi has announced it is on the lookout for 20 new store locations across West Yorkshire. Its list of target locations includes Garforth and Thorpe Park. Aldi, which now has more than 900 stores across the UK, is looking for freehold town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for development. It says each site should be around 1.5 acres and able to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store with around 100 parking spaces. 


2021-06-17   Fun Skills Night

Great Preston Cricket Club are delighted to announce Friday night fun skills is back starting 18th June, this is aimed at introducing kids to cricket and enjoying time with their friends aged 5-8, they have qualified coaches to run the sessions and the fun skill sessions are free. Call 07342052013 for more information 


2021-06-17   Grant to Protect Remote Areas

North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has been awarded £429,986 from the Home Office. It will be used to protect individual homes and farms in parts of Selby close to the border with West, South and East Yorkshire, and also includes a focus on using ANPR cameras to deter and detect potential burglars. The areas covered will be Carlton, Camblesforth, Hirst Courtney, Birkin and Hillam with around 1,600 households and 50 farms and small holdings eligible to receive the targeted support. 


2021-06-16   Call to Think Again

Mark Dobson who in 2014 introduced the pilot for the Managed Approach, (which allows sex workers to operate in non-residential parts of Holbeck without fear of arrest), when he was the authority’s executive member for Safer Leeds, has welcomed the council’s decision to scrap the scheme and called for a model of “intense policing” to help stamp out kerb-crawlers in the area.  


2021-06-16   Benefits of Solar Farm

The proposed Barnsdale solar energy park at Kippax approved by Leeds City Council last week will have the ability to generate enough electricity to meet the requirements of up to 12,000 homes, according to the developers. More than £800,000 of the revenues generated by Barnsdale will be directed into a community fund that will provide grants to support local community groups and voluntary organisations over its lifetime. 


2021-06-15   Celebration of Ministry

Revd Jonathan Brennan from St Mary’s Garforth will be ordained Priest on Saturday 26th June at 11am in Leeds Minster and will be presiding at his first services of Holy Communion on 27th June 


2021-06-15   Local Firefighters Tackle Factory Blaze

Firefighters from Killingbeck, Moortown, Garforth and Leeds tackled a blaze at an empty factory in Seacroft on Sunday morning. The fire broke out at Agfa Graphics, in Coal Road, Whinmoor, with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service called at 8.43am. The printing plate manufacturing site closed down last year. 


2021-06-14   Tayo Aluko in Concert

There will be a show at Lotherton Hall at 2pm on 16th June with Tayo Aluko featuring songs, poetry and prose. The performance will be outdoors in the walled garden and will have limited seating available. 


2021-06-14   Jeff is Walking for Lloyd

Sky TV presenter Jeff Stelling will be doing his fourth charity walk for prostate cancer this year. He will dedicate the walk to Lloyd Pinder of South Milford who died of the disease last year aged 43. Lloyd joined Jeff on his very first walk back in 2016. 


2021-06-13   Breakfast in Bed - Almost

Two Hungry Horse pubs in Leeds are offering free breakfast for anyone who turns up in their pyjamas between 11th and 13th June. The two pubs running this offer are Lawnswood Arms in Otley Road, Adel, and the Lord Gascoigne in Aberford Road, Garforth. To be able to get your hands on the free breakfast, all foodies need to do is turn up in their pyjamas between the set dates and order from the pub's breakfast menu. 


2021-06-13   Solar Farm Approved

Leeds City Council ’s City Plans Panel approved plans put forward by Banks Renewables for a 40 megawatt capacity photovoltaic park, to cover 87.7 hectares – or 216 acres – of land on a site off Barnsdale Road in Allerton Bywater. 


2021-06-12   Covid Infections Update

The latest Leeds Covid infection rates have increased to 89.5 per 100,000, an 82% increase in the last 7 days. England average is now 54 per 100,000. Positivity rate has increased to 3.4% in Leeds. The over 60s rate has increased slightly (27% in last 7 days) to 11.8 per 100,000. The Delta variant is dominant, accounting for 30-50 percent of cases. 


2021-06-12   Persimmon Helps Green Lane

Green Lane Primary Academy has been awarded £1,000 from the Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme. The Friends of Green Lane parent group applied to the scheme as part of fundraising efforts to raise £30,000 for new play equipment. Persimmon Homes make two donations every month of up to £1,000 to grassroots groups and charities across the region. 


2021-06-11   What the Dickens

Community library, “What the Dickens”, re-opened its doors from last Sunday, 6 June, at 1pm, until 4pm. So come along to the Newton Room at Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Centre to browse the books, and return any books which you may have borrowed way back in March 2020 when they were last open 


2021-06-11   Miners Ticket Prices Announcement

Garforth Town AFC is pleased to confirm that all supporters holding season tickets for the Covid-hit 2020-21 season will receive one for next season free of charge. These can be claimed on the gate on matchdays when the season starts. For those not holding one, prices have been held from last season. Early Bird prices are available at £75 adults and £35 concessions if you apply before 31st August. Admission prices are also held, at £6 adults, £3 seniors/ students and children under 16 FREE with a paying adult. Prices for under-16s remain at £1 upon joining the Junior Membership scheme. 


2021-06-10   School Summer Fair

Micklefield School Summer Fair takes place on Saturday 3rd July from 11am to 1pm. Everyone is welcome. If you would like a stall at the fair, they are priced at £10 each and we also ask that you donate a raffle prize to promote your business/ goods. 


2021-06-10   Court Ruling on Travellers’ Land

A court Injunction on Land on Hillam Lane, which had been purchased and occupied by Travelling families, has been heard at the County Court in Leeds. The Judge has ruled that they must leave and re-instate the land; however they do still have 2 months to appeal against the Planning Application submitted in October 2020 which Selby District Council refused on 1st June 2021. 


2021-06-09   For Lloyd

A team of 9 cyclists from Leeds based Club Insure are training to cycle 173 miles from Morecambe to Bridlington in 2 days in September in memory of former colleague Lloyd Pinder from South Milford who died of prostate cancer in 2016. Monies raised will go to Prostate Cancer UK. To donate, visit the justgiving website and search for clubc2c 


2021-06-09   Constituency Changes Plan

The boundary commission has put together its early report on changes to parliamentary constituencies around the country, due to population changes. There would no longer be an Elmet and Rothwell constituency, currently held by Tory Alec Shelbrooke, areas of which would be split between several constituencies, with Garforth and Swillington becoming part of Leeds East and Wetherby becoming part of a Wetherby and Easingwold constituency. Kippax and Methley will be swallowed up by a new Selby constituency. A consultation on the proposals will take place over eight weeks up to 2nd August. 


2021-06-08   Keeping Calm

LS25 communities do not feature in the top 10 list of Leeds areas with the most reports of violence and sexual offences in April, according to West Yorkshire Police 


2021-06-08   Food Bank Donations

The next collection of donations at St Mary’s Garforth for the Food Bank will be on Monday 14th June from 2pm-3pm, in the Church Car Park or drop off at The Rectory before then. 


2021-06-07   Christmas Craft Fayre

There will be a Christmas Craft fayre at the Eversley Centre on Saturday 28th November 2021. At the moment they still have some tables to fill and are looking for any more local crafters who would like to join them. 


2021-06-07   Swillington School Fair

Friends of Swillington Primary School are holding a school fair on 15th July from 3pm to 5.30pm.They are asking for £15 a stall and would love some of the local businesses to join. 


2021-06-06   A Thousand Thanks

Reverend Jane, Reverend Jonathan and Diane at St Mary’s Garforth raised £1,171 for Christian Aid in the 300,000 Steps in May Challenge. 


2021-06-06   Almost Everybody

5,127 people in Garforth East have received their first dose of the Covid vaccine. That is 80.6 percent of the population of that area. In England as a whole, 33,525,485 people have received a first vaccine, that is 59.6 percent of the population. 


2021-06-05   Dominos Vacancies

To plug the gap left by temporary staff going back to their pre-pandemic jobs, Domino's is looking to recruit thousands of workers and they have roles in all 12 branches across Leeds. Their Garforth branch has openings for Store Operations and Delivery Drivers 


2021-06-05   Police Issue Swimming Warning

West Yorkshire Police are receiving calls over kids being seen playing in the water at RSPB St Aidan's Nature Reserve. Police have warned people of the dangers of wild swimming for anyone who might be thinking about entering these waters. 95 per cent of all swimming drowning victims were male and the majority were teenagers. 


2021-06-04   Bennie is Top Dog

Bennie the Cockapoo from Garforth has been crowned Leeds’ Top Pet in a competition run by the Yorkshire Evening Post. Owner Georgia Best will receive a £50 voucher to spend on treats for Bennie at Pets at Home 


2021-06-04   Solar Farm Up for Approval

Plans to build a giant solar farm at Kippax will go before the City Plans Panel on Thursday 10th June. There are 12 letters of support for the plan and 67 objections. The plans are supported by local councillors and planning officers. 


2021-06-03   Parish Councillor Vacancy

Monk Fryston Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor. Requests for an election to choose a new councillor must be made by 15th June in writing to the Returning Officer, Selby District Council, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option 


2021-06-03   Top Award for Growing Zone

The Growing Zone in Kippax is one of four groups in Leeds that have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award that a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Representative of the group will receive the reward later this year and also attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in 2022 


2021-06-02   Be a Hero Campaign

Since beer gardens reopened last month, North Yorkshire Police have already made over 70 arrests on suspicion of drink driving. A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Since beer gardens have reopened, we’ve been running a campaign urging people to ‘Be a hero, stay at zero’. 


2021-06-02   Drink Driver Arrested

A man in his twenties was arrested after a crash in which a car ended up on its roof in a field. North Yorkshire Police arrested a man in his twenties on suspicion of drink driving following a collision on 16th May on the A162 near Burton Salmon, Selby. Nobody was seriously injured. 


2021-06-01   Chef Wanted

Valentino’s in Garforth are looking for an experienced Pizza and Burger Chef to join their team in Garforth, working 5 days a week (3:30pm-10:45pm). Salary is: £10ph for start, for more information call 07474335432 


2021-06-01   Most Dog Friendly Walk

Number one in the top 10 most dog friendly places to visit in Yorkshire for a day out near Leeds according to TripAdvisor is RSPB St Aiden's Nature Park. The 400-hectare country park near Swillington might not be the most obvious of attractions, but it extremely popular with walkers and bird spotters. 


2021-05-31   Infections Update

The Leeds seven-day COVID-19 rate is currently quite stable at 38.2 per 100,000, with the national average of 24.9 per 100,000. The positivity rate this week is 1.5%. Cases have recently been highest in the city in older children aged 10-19 and younger adults aged 20-39. Cases are higher in parts of West Yorkshire, so we might expect case numbers to rise in Leeds as restrictions are eased. 


2021-05-31   150 Miles for Christian Aid

On Thursday 27th May Revd Jane Brown of St Mary’s Garforth completed the Christian Aid May Challenge, to walk 300,000 steps in May (about 150 miles). If you wish to make a donation to her fundraising, visit the justgiving.com website and search for may21revdjane . 


2021-05-30   Vaccines Update

As of 24th May a total of 424,769 GP registered patients in Leeds have been vaccinated and 299,557 of those have received their second dose. Currently people over the age of 30 are being called to receive their vaccine in England. If you haven’t been notified yet, please be patient, the NHS will get in touch. 


2021-05-30   Badger Crimes in Kippax

The Wildlife and Rural Crime Unit reported that there have been four badger related crimes committed in Kippax since 1st May. Badgers and their burrows are guarded under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, in England and Wales. Police have asked anyone with information to call 101 or the crime stoppers number: 0800 555 111. 



Kippax Band are looking for a front row cornet player to help them secure the 3rd section national title. Apply now in confidence to Colin Moss, chairman@ kippaxband.co.uk . 


2021-05-29   Open Week at Local Nature Reserves

National Lottery players can enjoy free parking at Fairburn Ings and St Aidans from 5th to 13th June as part of National Lottery’s Open Week celebrations. Hundreds of venues across the UK are saying thanks for the £30m raised for good causes by lottery players. 


2021-05-28   Keeping Sherburn Tidy

Sherburn in Elmet Wombles is a local group of volunteers who go out litter picking helping to keep the village tidy. If you would like to find out more about the Sherburn in Elmet Wombles or would like to find out how you can get involved visit them on Facebook at Sherburn in Elmet Wombles. 


2021-05-28   Bank Holiday Market

There will be a May Bank Holiday Market in the car park behind Barclays Bank on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st May from 10am to 4pm. The event is organised by the Garforth Christmas Lights Committee. The car park will be closed to parking on both days. 


2021-05-27   Weekend Rail Disruption

Replacement buses will be in use over the Bank Holiday weekend as work begins on tracks at Leeds Railway station remodelling the layout between platforms 4 and 6. 


2021-05-27   New Water Main

Yorkshire Water will be renewing the water main on Fairburn Drive starting Tuesday 1st June and lasting 16 weeks. Traffic lights will be used around the working area and water supplies will be briefly affected when they connect the new pipework. Residents will be advised in advance when the connection takes place. 


2021-05-26   Plant Sale

There will be a plant sale in the car park at the allotments on Gibson Lane, Kippax on Saturday 29th May from noon to 5pm. 


2021-05-26   Pocket Park Refurbishment

Work to develop and refurbish the small ‘Pocket Park’ which sits close to Sherburn library has begun. The Redesign is intended to be robust and practical to deter anti-social behaviour and will include more seating areas, more open space for outdoor activities, a litter bin, additional lighting and it will include some Teasel artwork. Work is due to be completed in around six weeks. 


2021-05-25   Cartoon Circus

All the fun of the circus comes to Eversley Park Centre in Sherburn on Tuesday 1st June at 1.30pm when the laughter-packed stage show “Cartoon Circus Live” combines the comedy of pantomime with the thrill of the circus. All tickets are £7. Call or text for ticket reservations: 07906 854269 


2021-05-25   Local Councillor Becomes Deputy Mayor

Newly elected West Yorkshire mayor Tracy Brabin has nominated Leeds City council leader and Kippax and Methley councillor James Lewis to serve as her deputy mayor. Mr Lewis will have control over the skills and employment portfolio for the mayor. 


2021-05-24   Food Bank Collection

The next collection of donations at St Mary’s Garforth for the Food Bank will be on Monday 24th May from 2pm-3pm, in the Church Car Park or drop off at The Rectory before then. 


2021-05-24   Miners New Season

The new league season for Garforth Town FC is expected to kick-off on Saturday 31st July. Draws for the FA Cup and Vase can normally be expected on the first Friday of that month. Details of pre-season friendlies and arrangements for current season ticket holders will be announced shortly. 


2021-05-23   Car Boot Sale

The next Rotary Club car boot sale will be held at Milford Plants (LS25 5BX) on Sunday 13th June 2021. Sellers can arrive from 8am, and it is £10. Buyers can arrive from 9am, and entry is free. Tea, coffee and bacon butties available. For more information, contact Nigel on 01977 682021 or 07857 160596.  


2021-05-23   Nocturnal House at Lotherton Hall

Lotherton Wildlife World has a new Nocturnal House. The purpose-built habitat was specially designed for nocturnal additions at Lotherton Wildlife World. Rare nocturnal cloud rats Bonnie and Clyde, Pablo the kinkajou, a three banded armadillo named Gaston and a number of bats have taken up residency in the new building. Lotherton Wildlife World’s indoor enclosure reopened to visitors on Tuesday. Visit lotherton.leeds.gov.uk to book tickets. 


2021-05-22   Major Blaze Assistance

Firefighters from across West Yorkshire, including from Garforth fire station, tackled a major blaze at a three-storey warehouse on Legrams Lane in Bradford in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 


2021-05-22   Parish Councillor Vacancy

Kippax Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor. The vacancy can be filled by co-option, so if you are interested in applying for the role download an application form from their website and email the completed form to the clerk - clerk@kippax-pc.gov.uk. The deadline for applications is 15th June. 


2021-05-21   Dental Receptionist Vacancy

Garforth Dental are looking for a dental receptionist. Tasks include greeting patients, managing telephone, email and social media enquiries, using the IT system to manage appointments and processing payments. Please email your CV (email address is on their website). 


2021-05-21   Gymnastics Camps

Sherburn Community Gymnastics Club are running some gymnastics holiday camps in the May half term. Running from Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June 9am – 4pm. It is £30 per day and is open to members and non-members, suitable for school-age and above. 


2021-05-20   U3A Day

The U3A will have their first national day to tell people who they are and the benefits that memberships bring. The group enjoy a range of activities, including learning new subjects, music, crafts socialising and much more. They will have an information stand on 2nd June outside the Social Club in Sherburn centre where you can find out how you can join and what the subscription includes. 


2021-05-20   Cyclist Hurt in Collision with Car

A male cyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a collision with a driver at junction of Whitehouse Lane and Wakefield Road on Tuesday. Road closures were put in place while the man was treated and investigation work was carried out, with roads reopening later in the morning. 


2021-05-19   Doubling Down for Charity

Garforth Councillor Mark Dobson is taking on a double dose of fundraising dashes in just one day, after a race he’d entered got rearranged. Mark pledged to raise money for Wetherby in Support of the Elderly by signing up to the Wetherby 10K in September. He will take on the Leeds 10K as well, a race which he’d entered last year but which then got postponed by the pandemic and rearranged for the same date as the Wetherby race. To donate visit w-ise.org.uk/donate/ 


2021-05-19   Police Appeal for Stabbing Information

Following the stabbing incident on Main Street a 21-year-old man has been released on bail, under investigation, a West Yorkshire Police spokesman revealed. Contact police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 if you have any information in relation to this incident. 


2021-05-18   Holiday Fraud Warning

With the easing of 'Lockdown’ residents are reminded of the dangers of fraud that targets holiday makers. Think twice when handing over your money. Whilst this kind of fraud has seen a drop with travel restrictions it was still responsible for losses totalling over £2.2 million. Almost three quarters of victims are aged between 19 and 50, 56% are from airline tickets, 29% from holiday accommodation. Facebook was the most common platform with 62% of victims were defrauded. Use your instincts, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 


2021-05-18   Pigs in Monk Fryston

Selby Council Planning Committee will decide on the application to build piggeries on Lowfield Road, Monk Fryston on Wednesday 19th May at 2pm. The application is recommended for approval subject to the stringent conditions. 


2021-05-17   Stabbing at Thorpe Willoughby

A stabbing occurred at around 2am on Saturday morning in Thorpe Willoughby. An 18-year-old man suffered stab wounds and was taken to hospital and has received treatment for his injuries. A 21-year-old man has been arrested in the Selby area and remains in custody for questioning. Residents may continue to see an increased police presence in the area as they continue their investigation, including carrying out house-to-house and CCTV enquiries. 


2021-05-17   Willow Weaving Workshop

From 18th May you can visit Deer Park Corner at Lotherton Hall for a willow weaving sculture workshop with local willow artist Wendy Bristow. If you wish to take part the event must pre-booked on the Leeds Museums and Galleries website. 


2021-05-16   Memorial Unveiling

The unveiling of a new memorial to Peckfield Pit Disaster and Micklefield’s mining heritage will take place on Saturday 22nd May at noon. The memorial will be unveiled by the three Kippax and Methley Ward councillors. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony. 


2021-05-16   Stabbing on Main Street

A 21-year-old man has been arrested after a teenager was stabbed in a large street fight which took place at about 10.30pm on Friday night in Main Street, Garforth. West Yorkshire Police were called to an ongoing street fight involving a large number of people. An 18-year-old man was found with stab wounds to his leg and arm and he was taken to hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening. 


2021-05-15   Ahead of the Curve

The number of people that have received a first dose of the Covid vaccine in Garforth East is 4,610. That is 72.6 per cent of the population. In England 30,146,933 people have received at least a first dose of a covid vaccine, that is 53.6 percent of the population.  


2021-05-15   Shining Star Community Awards

Selby District Council are holding a ‘Selby District Shining Star Community Awards’ event. Residents from the Selby district can nominate individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond to help through the difficult times of 2020. There are five different categories that you can submit a nomination for - Volunteer of the Year Award (Adult), Volunteer Group of the Year, Inspiring Young Star Awards (under 18), Shining Star through the Pandemic Award and local Business Making a Difference Award. If you would like to know more about the awards or nominate somebody, take a look at the Selby District Council website. 


2021-05-14   Sous Chef Vacancy

The White Horse at Ledston is looking for a full time Sous Chef to assist the owner/chef in the smooth running of the kitchen. Salary is £28,000 per annum. Applicants must have previous experience in a similar role. The position is to start as soon as possible and will include weekends, the festive period and other holiday periods. 


2021-05-14   Depressing Masterchef

Former teacher and Masterchef runner-up Jo Mills, from Garforth, has spoken out about the effect taking part in competitive reality TV shows can have on mental health. Jo enjoyed an "exhilarating experience" but she also admits to having fallen into a deep depression after being kicked off the show. Thankfully, Jo is in a much better place now and was actually inspired by her two daughters to simplify her cooking and focus on everyday dishes which sparked the idea behind her up-coming book. 


2021-05-13   Open Up and Let Us In

People will be able to enjoy trips to Leeds City Council run venues from next week, including Lotherton Hall, Temple Newsam, Abbey House Museum, Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds City Museum. 


2021-05-13   Nominate Kippax Band

Kippax Band are asking supporters of the band to nominate them for the Social Impact Award in the Brass Bands England awards. Visit bbe.org.uk/awards to find out more and submit your nomination. Kippax Band is based in Mount Pleasant, and are the second oldest brass band in the world. 


2021-05-12   It’s a Sign

Hillam Parish Council have announced that all footpath improvements in the village are now completed - footpath hedges cut back, new pavings at foopath entrances and NYCC sign improvements. There are also new signpost markers for the walk to Birkin, which will be installed shortly.  


2021-05-12   Beer Festival Cancelled

Monk Fryston and Hillam Beer Festival Committee have announced that for a second year they will not be able to host their village beer festival as they are not in a position to plan a Covid secure festival this autumn. They look forward to returning with the 2022 Beer Festival. 


2021-05-11   Assembly Opens Soon

The new Assembly Bar on Main Street in Garforth is planning to open for the first time on Friday 21st May. It’s sister bar in Cross Gates has already reopened for outside customers but lack of outside space prevents them opening the Garforth bar for outside customers. The new bar caters for people willing to spend a little more on quality ales, artisan gin and cocktails. 


2021-05-11   Join the Paths Group

South Milford Parish Council is organising a volunteer group to help ensure that paths are kept in good condition and are available for everyone to use. 


2021-05-10   Stepping Out for Charity

The Revd Jane Brown at St Mary’s Garforth has signed up to do the Christian Aid May Challenge, to walk 10,000 steps each day during May - a total of over 300,000 steps or about 150 miles. In the first seven days, Jane has managed 73,817 steps. 


2021-05-10   No Change in Garforth

Councillor Sarah Field retained her seat in Garforth and Swillington ward for Garforth and Swillington Independents with 3,780 votes, a 1,675 votes majority over second place Conservative candidate Mark Barratt.  


2021-05-09   Food Bank Collection

The next collection of donations at St Mary’s Garforth for the Food Bank is on Monday 10th May, between 2pm and 3pm in the Church Car Park. Donations may also be dropped off before then to the box in the porch at The Rectory. 


2021-05-09   James Lewis Leads Way for Labour

Council Leader James Lewis retained his seat for Labour in Kippax and Methley ward with 3,500 votes, a 1,112 votes majority over second placed Conservative candidate Connor Mulhall. 


2021-05-08   Bank Holiday Market

Garforth Christmas Lights Committee have organised a May Bank Holiday Market on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st May in the car park behind Barclays Bank. The market is open from 10am to 4pm both days. The car park will be closed for parking on both days. 


2021-05-08   Accident Closes M1

The M1 southbound between junction 47 at Garforth and junction 46 at Colton was closed on Thursday evening following a multiple vehicle road traffic accident. The police and ambulance services attended the accident. Traffic was diverted down the Ridge Road to the A63 and rejoined the motorway at junction 46 


2021-05-07   Kippax Defibrillators

Kippax Parish Council has approved funding half the costs of two new defibrillators along with Ward Councillors who are funding the remaining costs . The defibrillators have now been ordered and will be installed ASAP on the exterior of Valley Ridge Community Centre and the other one outside Moorleigh Care Home . 


2021-05-07   End of an Era

Barclays Bank on Main Street closes its doors for the final time today. The nearest branches of Barclays will now be Leeds city centre and Castleford. However, customers can bank with Barclays via the Post Office on Main Street and also use the various cash points on Main Street. 


2021-05-06   Dead Man on Track

The closure of the railway line at Cross Gates on Bank Holiday Monday was because a man has died on the railway line at Cross Gates Station. Paramedics attended the incident but the man, whose death is not being treated as suspicious, was pronounced dead at the scene. Trains between Leeds and York/Selby were cancelled or delayed until all lines were reopened at around 2.30pm. 


2021-05-06   Don’t Forget to Vote

Polling takes place today for local councillors and for the new Mayor of West Yorkshire. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. Covid precautions are in place including social distancing, wearing of masks and individual pencils for voters 


2021-05-05   Moving On

DB3 Architects have relocated their offices from Monk Fryston Hall to South Parade in the centre of Leeds after 31 years in their Monk Fryston base.  


2021-05-05   Derailment Brings Rail Chaos

An engineering train derailed shortly before 3am at Church Fenton on Tuesday morning. This has resulted in huge delays on the rail network across Yorkshire, affecting Northern, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and LNER services. Northern are warning that delays and cancellations are expected until midday on Wednesday. 


2021-05-04   Billywood’s Benches

Kippax Parish Council has purchased two new benches for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Volunteers to install on Townclose Hills (Billywood). One is to replace an existing log seat that has rotted. The benches are made from recycled plastic. 


2021-05-04   Incident Closes Rail Line

Trains between Leeds and York and Leeds and Hull were cancelled on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon due to the emergency services dealing with an incident at Cross Gates. A replacement bus service was put into operation to provide passengers with a service. 


2021-05-03   Cold Callers Warning

Police officers in the Selby district are concerned about increasing numbers of people receiving unwanted doorstep traders and telephone scams. Groups of people selling household wares have been active in communities on the outskirts of the district, such as Camblesforth, South Milford, Sherburn, Monk Fryston and Tadcaster. Cold calling or door-to-door trading is not an offence itself but they must hold a pedlar’s licence. 


2021-05-03   Hillam PC APM

Hillam Parish Council’s Annual Parish Meeting takes place on Tuesday 4th May at 7pm via ZOOM here the community can highlight issues that are important to them and share ideas that benefit the community. 


2021-05-02   Things to Do

This bank holiday weekend, there is a multitude of places around West Yorkshire offering a chance for kids to run around and play for free while parents keep themselves going with caffeine. With it still being safest to be outside, adventure playgrounds and woodland trails are here to keep kids entertained and stop them from bouncing off the walls at home. Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve has several of its facilities open for visitors, including its nature trails, café, and viewing spots. The reserve boasts the chance to see several species of birds, including herons and kingfishers. Entry is free, but non-RSPB members will have to pay £4 for parking. The car park is open from 6am to 8pm everyday. 


2021-05-02   Travellers Site Rejected

Selby District Planning Committee have refused Application 2020/1126/COU, the Travellers Site on Hillam Lane. The Applicants may lodge an Appeal to the Planning Inspectorate 



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