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2019-03-21   Tour Trophies on Tour

The Tour de Yorkshire trophies visited community hubs across Leeds this week including locallt the Garforth One Stop Centre and Strawberry Fields Primary School 

 

2019-03-21   Man Dies in Sherburn Accident

A 56-year-old man died after his car mounted the pavement and struck bollards and a stationary vehicle in Sherburn at about 8.20pm on Saturday, 16th March. The black Volvo V50 went on to the pavement on Low Street outside the Spar shop. The driver was treated by paramedics but pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

2019-03-20   Speed Cameras Catch 15

15 cars were caught driving over the speed limit in Garforth during a police operation on Tuesday morning on Ninelands Lane and Derwent Avenue. This action was due to a number of complaints received from local residents. 

 

2019-03-20   Nellie’s Tree Misses Out in Europe

The winner of the European Tree of the Year 2019 was The Almond Tree of the Snowy Hill in Pecs, Hungary. Nellie’s tree finished ninth out of fifteen entries with 14,408 votes. The winner was announced at an Award Ceremony in the European Parliament last night 

 

2019-03-19   Easter Car Boot Sale

Garforth Lions are holding their annual Easter Car Boot Sale on Tesco car park on Sunday 21st April from 8am to 12 noon, to include a Farmers Market (subject to there being sufficient interest). For vendors, entry is £5 for cars and £10 for vans  

 

2019-03-19   World First for Optare

Sherburn bus manufacturer Optare has won the Excellent in Technology Award at the recent London Transport Awards for its Metrodecker EV vehicle, which is the world’s first truly zero emission battery electric double deck bus. 

 

2019-03-18   MTRA Meeting

Micklefield Tenants and Residents Association are holding a public meeting at Churchville House on Wednesday 20th March at 7.30pm 

 

2019-03-18   Badminton Players Wanted

Garforth Pendas Badminton Club is looking for new members. They play at Garforth Squash and Leisure Centre on Mondays from 8pm to 10pm. The cost is £6 for two hours. Just bring a racket and indoor shoes 

 

2019-03-17   Clean Up in Sherburn

Sherburn Community Association are leading a litter pick at 10am on Saturday 30th March 2019. It will start and finish at the Spar in Sherburn. The Spar are supporting this event and are offering a free drink to volunteers who take part in the litter pick. All volunteers are welcome. Please come and help 

 

2019-03-17   It’s a Washout

Garforth Town FC’s game against Bottesford on Saturday was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. A revised date for the fixture has yet to be arranged. 

 

2019-03-16   Advice Surgeries with Julia Mulligan

Residents from Sherburn and the surrounding area have their chance to their raise concerns about policing or community safety issues when the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, comes to their village on Thursday 11 April. The appointment based surgeries will take place between 3.30pm, and 5.30pm. To book an appointment call 01423 569 562 

 

2019-03-16   Fire Crews Rescue Trapped Horse

Fire crews were called out in Wednesday’s windy weather to rescue a horse trapped under a tree on Swillington Lane. Jager the horse was successfully released and had only minor injuries 

 

2019-03-15   Timber at Lotherton Hall

The strong winds accompanying Storm Gareth on Wednesday led to a tree falling onto a path near to the Hall at Lotherton Hall. No damage was caused to the building and council staff made the site safe. 

 

2019-03-15   Garforth Conman Sentenced

Garforth man Christopher Bundza, aged 54 appeared in court after purporting to sell tickets to a Justin Bieber concert that he never had. He duped several members of the public by claiming he had tickets for the 2016 concert in Sheffield, taking the money but never producing the tickets. He appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday to be sentenced for three counts of fraud worth £700. Bundza was jailed for nine months but the jail term was suspended for a period of 18 months. He was also ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work 

 

2019-03-14   Remembering Swillington’s Miners

Swillington in Bloom are hosting a commemoration of Swillington’s mining history at The Green, Wakefield Road on 23rd March at 11am. Reverend Diane Flynn will perform a dedication followed by light refreshments in the Village Hall 

 

2019-03-14   Spring Brass Concert

Kippax Band will perform their Springtime Concert on Sunday 14th April at 8pm in the Kippax Band Social Club. The event is free to members and £2 to non-members on the door. 

 

2019-03-13   Workshop for Young Writers

Explore Learning will be at Garforth Library on Wednesday 13th March from 4pm to 5pm for a fun writing workshop for 4-14 year olds. There will be tutors on hand to assist young writers in crafting their entry for Explore Learning's National Young Writers Competition which has great prizes including a trip to Disneyland and £500 worth of books for the winner's school library. 

 

2019-03-13   Garforth Peace Flame’s Second Anniversary

The second anniversary of the Garforth Peace Flame will take place at the Miners’ Welfare Hall on Saturday 27th April at 2pm 

 

2019-03-12   Arts Live at the Academy

A triple-bill folk gig featuring Roots Alive, Leeds Folk Fiddle Group and the Arts Live Folk Band takes place at Garforth Academy on Saturday 23rd March from 1pm to 4pm. Tickets are £5 (under 12s go free) from Garforth Academy reception, Garforth Library and the SPT shop, also on the door. Doors open 1pm and the music starts at 1.30pm 

 

2019-03-12   Roadworks Ahead

Yorkshire Water will be carrying out essential works on the night of 12th March from 7pm to 7am on 13th March at the junction of Aberford Road, Main Street, Wakefield Road and Barwick Road. Temporary multiway lights will be in use during the works 

 

2019-03-11   Our Day Out

Sherburn High School Drama Club’s summer term production will be 'Our Day Out' a play by Willy Russell. Auditions for the main speaking roles will be held soon 

 

2019-03-11   Fingers Crossed for Nellie’s Tree

Voting for the European Tree of the Year Competition closed on 28th February. Nellie’s Tree is the English entry for Tree of the Year. The results will be announced at the Award Ceremony in Brussels, the 19th March, where the winners will be awarded. 

 

2019-03-10   Miners Suffer Away Defeat

The miners lost by 3-1 away at Staveley on Saturday. Staveley fired in two early goals, leaving Garforth with a mountain to climb. Dan Williams’ goal gave the Miners hope until a sucker-punch from the home side stopped them in their tracks 

 

2019-03-10   Getting Ready for TDY

Communities are being challenged to create the most dazzling visual spectacular yet for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire. This year’s cycle race route will pass through 151 villages, towns and cities between May 2 and May 5, with images of Yorkshire beamed to 190 countries worldwide. In 2018 Garforth local Samantha Whitley was awarded the Spirit of Le Tour prize for her tireless work in the community and Kippax was named Best Dressed Village of the Tour de Yorkshire. 

 

2019-03-09   Charlie’s Ball

Rachel Cheshire, from Monk Fryston is busy putting the finishing touches to a charity ball that she is staging in aid of the Leeds-based Charlies-Angel-Centre Foundation, which was founded in 2012 by Ruth Curtis and her family after the death of little Charlie Curtis. It aims to raise awareness of the needs of bereaved parents and families. Charlie’s Ball in aid of Charlies-Angel-Centre Foundation is on Thursday March 14 at Aspire on Infirmary Street, Leeds, starting at 6.45pm, with red carpet, champagne reception, three-course dinner, cabaret, fashion show, auction and disco. Email bookings@ charliesball.co.uk. 

 

2019-03-09   Sherburn Community Volunteer Awards

Nominations are now open for the Sherburn Community Volunteer Awards 2019. Those nominated must be unpaid and classed as a volunteer, their voluntary service must be within the confines of Sherburn In Elmet and they must be able to attend the community awards presentations once again to be held at The Swan Public House Sherburn. From 6.30pm to 8.30pm. on Friday 19th July. Application forms can be obtained by emailing mrdavidbrook @yahoo.co.uk 

 

2019-03-08   Comic Relief Fun Day

Sherburn High School are holding a Comic Relief Day on Friday 15th March. Students can turn up in non-uniform for a £1 contribution. There will also be a Comic Relief themed quiz, Beat the Goalie, Sponge a Teacher, darts, tug of war and balloon popping, all for a small fee 

 

2019-03-08   Long Train Delay

Train operator Northern's six-carriage long services in and out of Leeds station have been delayed by two years because longer platforms at Leeds will not be ready in time. But Northern still plans to start phasing in a £500m fleet of new short trains from this spring. 

 

2019-03-07   New Cricketers Wanted

Garforth Cricket Club is looking for new players of any age to play for them in the Pontefract League this year. They are also looking for any umpires who would like to join them  

 

2019-03-07   Ginetta Unleashes its Shark

Garforth based sports and racing car manufacturer Ginetta has unveiled its new 583hp supercar at the prestigious Geneva Car Show. The all-new Akula, which is the Russian word for shark, will cost £340,000 in Britain. Production starts in 2020 and 14 of expected 20 cars produced that year have already been sold. 

 

2019-03-06   Fifty Years of Lotherton Hall

A new exhibition at Lotherton Hall is looking back at the last 50 years of the Hall, since it was gifted to Leeds City Council by the estate’s owner Sir Alvery Gascoigne. It is now one of Yorkshire’s most visited paid for attractions. 

 

2019-03-06   Couple Slam New Kippax Home

A Kippax couple Nicola and Phil Bentley say they are at “breaking point” after finding 700 defects in their brand new Persimmon Homes house. The couple claim there are 700 faults with their newly-built house and the builder has only fixed 10 per cent of the faults in ten months. The house was bought off plan and the couple were not allowed to inspect the house prior to signing the contract. 

 

2019-03-05   Easter Party

There is a free Easter Party at Churchville House Micklefield on Sunday 21st April at 2.30pm. The Free Easter Themed Party includes refreshments and lots of Easter Fun and Games 

 

2019-03-05   Kippax Band Going to Finals

More than 50 brass bands descended on Huddersfield Town Hall at the weekend for the Yorkshire Brass Band Championships 2019. In the Third Section Kippax Brass Band took first place with Wetherby and District Silver second, with both qualifying for the National Finals which will be held in September at Cheltenham racecourse. 

 

2019-03-04   Councillor Fixes Path

Councillor Mel Hobson has agreed to use funds from his allowances to pay for the footpath in Cricketers Way, Sherburn to be resurfaced. The councillor has received many complaints from residents regarding the state of the footpath and issues with litter and has decided to take action. The money to pay for these repairs will come from his environmental allowances. 

 

2019-03-04   Brown Bin Collections Resume

Leeds City Council commences brown bin collections again this week following the annual winter break in service. If you have a brown (garden waste) bin, the service runs from March to November with collections taking place every fortnight. Exact collection dates can be determined by visiting the council website and entering your postcode, 

 

2019-03-03   Fairtrade Coffee Morning

There will be a Fairtrade coffee morning and bun sale on Friday 8th March in St Benedict’s School Hall at 10am. All welcome. 

 

2019-03-03   Miners Almost Fightback at Hemsworth

Garforth Town were inches away from a stunning fightback away at promotion chasing Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Saturday. The home side led 2-0 at half time and increased it further with a third halfway through the second half. Then they had a player sent off and the Miners roared back with 2 goals and a late chance, just inches wide. 

 

2019-03-02   On the Beat

Sherburn parish council has been told the village will now have a police officer on duty at all times. Due to recent crime increases, such as thefts and break-ins there will now be a PSCO on duty every day including early mornings and late evenings. This increase has come after many residents raised concerns about increased crime rates in the area, 

 

2019-03-02   Super Car Coming to Gaforth

Ginetta Cars have announced plans to start building supercars in their Garforth factory in 2020. The name of the car is yet to be decided and the price is expected to be around £400,000. In the first year they expect to build 20 and already have orders for 12 of them. Ginetta is best known for its racing cars. 

 

2019-03-01   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 

 

2019-03-01   Budget Amendments Rejected

Garforth Independents councillor Mark Dobson put forward two changes to the proposed council budget at a mammoth 5 hour meeting of the Council on Wednesday. He proposed scrapping waste disposal charges and an increase in funding for dementia residential care and housing. All changes proposed by other parties were rejected.  

 

2019-02-28   Learn to Play Day

Learn to Play Day is an event to encourage people to start making music. It is run by the charity Music for All and will take place on 23rd and 24th March. Garforth Brass Band have already signed up to take part. They will be appearing at the Miners Welfare Hall.  

 

2019-02-28   60’s Big Night Out

Eversley Park Centre are holding a 60’s Big Night Out, with live tributes from some of the biggest stars of the 60’s! It takes place on Friday 8th March. All enquiries and Tickets in Advance from Eversley Park Centre on 01977 681024. 

 

2019-02-27   Miners Lose Again

The Miners fell to a third straight league defeat 3-0 at the weekend as visiting Maltby Main comfortably took the points in a scrappy game containing little for home supporters to cheer. With Town carrying such little threat in front of goal at the minute a vast improvement will be to a halt what can only be described as relegation form. 

 

2019-02-27   Wellbeing Fundraiser

Monk Fryston CofE Primary School Parent Teachers Association is raising funds to provide an outdoor wellbeing room for the pupils. The cost of the installation of the room is £21,000 and a further estimated £10,000 to buy resources to kit it out. Therefore the PTA are launching a £30,000 fundraising project. Call 01977682388 for more details 

 

2019-02-26   Kippax Chill

Residents are invited to a coffee event called Kippax Chill at Kippax Library on Tuesday 5th March from 2pm to 4pm to learn about local services available to them. For more details call 07545 604005 

 

2019-02-26   MP Stands Firm

Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke has been targeted by a pro- Brexit group Leave.EU trying to get him deselected. The chairman of Elmet and Rothwell Conservatives has responded by saying that members had already reselected their outstanding local MP and fully supported him. Leave.EU was founded by businessman Aaron Banks and has targeted a number of MPs.  

 

2019-02-25   Over 60’s Lunch Club

Primrose House Lunch Club for the Swillington’s over 60’s takes place on Thursdays from 11.30am to 1.30pm. A hot meal and pudding is £4.50. The event is run by NET. Ring Jayne on 0113 2874784 for more details 

 

2019-02-25   GNPF’s Bags of Money

Garforth Neighbourhood Planning Forum have been awarded £1600 by the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme after winning the vote of shoppers at Garforth Tesco. The money will be used by the Forum to publicise the neighbourhood plan that they are producing to help safeguard the future of Garforth 

 

2019-02-24   Miners’ High Scoring Cup Exit

Garforth Town bowed out of the NCEL League Cup midweek, losing an epic penalty shoot-out 7-6 after the game finished 1-1 against Staveley Miners Welfare. 

 

2019-02-24   Garforth Jubilee Brass

Jubilee Brass has appointed Martyn Beecham as its new musical director. Martyn is a Salvationist musician who has a wealth of experience as a Brass and choral trainer. The band is a 16 piece group who rehearse each Wednesday evening. New players are always welcome For more information contact Martyn on 07974 826684 

 

2019-02-23   MTRA AGM

Micklefield Tenants and Residents Association’s Annual General Meeting takes place at Churchville House on Tuesday 26th February at 2,30pm.  

 

2019-02-23   Anniversary Ball

St Benedict's Catholic Primary School will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Celebration Ball at the Holiday Inn, Garforth on Friday 24th May from 7pm onwards. The dress code is ‘Smart’ (Black Tie is optional). Tickets are £25 and include drink on arrival, 3-course dinner, a glass of wine and entertainment for the evening. 

 

2019-02-22   Charity Golf Day

Garforth Lions charity golf tournament takes place at Garforth Golf Club on Friday 10th May. It is in aid of the Lions local charities and Alzheimer’s Research. The cost is £100 per team of four players 

 

2019-02-22   Backlash Over Traveller Proposal

A huge backlash against plans to transform a Kippax allotment into a traveller pitch has led to more than 180 people lodging objections. The planning application has been submitted to convert the allotment off Sandgate Terrace to create the pitch for one caravan, plus a dayroom, mobile home and parking space. The proposal has caused widespread concern in the community and led to a public meeting attended by more than 100 people at Kippax Central Club. 

 

2019-02-21   New Homes Started at Junction 45

Work has started on the 1800 home Skelton Gate development just southwest of Swillington at Junction 45 of the M1. A 170 acre former open cast site will accommodate 1100 new homes with an application for a further 700 homes pending. 

 

2019-02-21   Reward for Stolen Bike

The owner of a bike stolen in Garforth on Tuesday has offered a £500 reward for its safe return. It is a black and blue giant TCR road bike with a logo seat and electric gears. Anyone with information should call the police on 101 quoting reference 0968 

 

2019-02-20   Bearded Birds Step Out of Cover

Bird watchers have been flocking to St Aidan’s Nature Park to photograph the rarely seen Bearded Tits. These shy birds inhabit reed beds and so to see them in numbers out in the open has caused quite a stir 

 

2019-02-20   Trophies Come to Garforth

Leeds Rhinos Foundation brought the Betfred Super League, World Club Challenge and NRL trophies to Strawberry Fields Primary School last Friday for the 200 children to see ahead of the World Club Challenge match on Sunday in which Sydney Roosters beat Wigan by 20-8 

 

2019-02-19   St Benedict’s School Celebrates 50th Birthday

St Benedicts School opened fifty years ago on Wednesday 27th February. To celebrate the anniversary there will be a Mass followed by refreshments in the school hall. 

 

2019-02-19   Residents Support Kippax Plan

The Referendum for the Kippax Neighbourhood Plan was held on 14th February. The count showed that 1337 votes were cast in favour and 170 against with 2 spoiled papers. The turnout was 20.2 percent.  

 

2019-02-18   Free Golf Taster Sessions

Scarthingwell Golf Club is holding regular Taster Golf Sessions throughout spring and summer for would-be golfers. No equipment is needed for the 2 hour free introductions to golf. For more information on times and dates call Pam on 07875 665587 

 

2019-02-18   Cub Leader Required

1st Micklefield scouts require a Cub leader.to teach the young people of Micklefield skills for life, Full training will be given to the right candidate. If you are interested contact Richard Speight by email at gsl.micklefieldscouts @gmail.com 

 

2019-02-17   Ben and Barnett’s Bonkers Bingo

The next event organised by the Friends of Sherburn High School (FOSH) is Ben and Barnett's Bonkers Bingo on Friday 5th April. The doors and bar open at 7.30pm and bingo begins at 8.30pm. Tickets now available 

 

2019-02-17   Miners Lose to Rangers

Garforth Town slipped to a second straight defeat at Hall Road Rangers by 2-0.Two first Half goals were enough to seal the win, as Garforth couldn't muster enough threat after the break to worry the home side. 

 

2019-02-16   Open Day at Old Girls School

The Old Girls School Community Centre is opening their doors for people to come and visit and have a look around on Saturday 23rd February from11:00am to 1:00pm. This is a great opportunity to come and have a look at all the different function rooms that are available. 

 

2019-02-16   High Society

Garforth Musical Society’s next production is High Society at Garforth Welfare Hall from 14th to 18th May. The show features music and lyrics by Cole Porter and is based on the play ‘The Philadelphia Story’. 

 

2019-02-15   Sportscars in the Park

There will be a Sportscars in the Park event at Lotherton Hall on Sunday 21st July from 9am to 4pm. Tickets for the event go on sale on 6th May. 

 

2019-02-15   Micklefield Seniors Luncheon Club

The Churchville House Lunch Club for over 60’s takes place on Wednesdays from 11.30am to 1.30pm. A hot meal and pudding is provided for £4.50. The event is run by NET. Door to door transport can be arranged for a small fee. For more details call 0113 2874784 

 

2019-02-14   GADS Spring Production

Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society’s Spring production will take place at the Miners Welfare Hall from 10th to 13th April at 7.30pm. The play is still to be decided.  

 

2019-02-14   GMS Searching for Young Talent

Garforth Musical Society is stepping up its search for new talent. Officials are concerned about membership levels and want to recruit more people, particularly children, as most of the group are aged 40 plus now. Garforth Musical Society began just after the Second World War. 

 

2019-02-13   A Spring Concert

The Fairburn Singers are holding a Spring Concert in Selby Abbey on Saturday 6 April 2019. They are joining forces with Castleford Choral Society and the concert starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10 and available from Selby Abbey Office, Terry Rowley on 07821603221 or Castleford Choral Secretary on 01977 731521. 

 

2019-02-13   Plan for 290 Garforth Homes Approved

A planning application to build almost 300 houses on land south of the A63 Selby Road in Garforth that was originally thrown out by Leeds City Council has been approved on appeal by Government Inspectors.  

 

2019-02-12   Public Meeting in Aberford

Heineken UK will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday 12th February at 8pm in Aberford village hall to provide information and answer questions regarding some abnormal loads that are due to come through Aberford in March/April 2019 (dates TBC). Free refreshments will be offered from the brewery and from the village hall cafe. 

 

2019-02-12   Ancestry Evening

The Old Girls School presents an Ancestry evening with Pam Trace. What a fun night this could be learning about your family history! The event takes place on Friday 22nd February at 7.00pm. Tickets are £3.00 which includes 1 drink, refreshments are available too. 

 

2019-02-11   Fifty Years of Fashion

Lotherton Hall fashion galleries mark their 50th birthday by presenting a very forward-looking display of local designers. The clothes and accessories of past Yorkshire folk, great and small, have been saved, collected, preserved to display to the public. This year marks Lotherton’s 50th anniversary as a public museum and illustrates the importance of the Fashion Galleries, with exhibits dating from the 1600s to the present day 

 

2019-02-11   Barbie’s Bake Off Success

Staff and residents of The Hollies Care Home in Garforth held their annual Bake Off to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Carer Barbie Keenoy won the competition with her Rolo Cake. 

 

2019-02-10   Miners Lose to Worksop 2-1

A first half penalty put Worksop Town in the driving seat, but a Dan Williams goal cancelled their lead out before the break. The Tigers restored their lead in the second half and ,despite a few close efforts from the Miners, held on for the win. 

 

2019-02-10   Ginetta Sponsor Young Cyclist

Garforth based Ginetta cars have sponsored talented cyclist, Billy Ladle, as he gears up for his first season in the under 10's youth series. Billy is one of the brightest young cycling talents in Yorkshire. Ginetta has an established relationship with cyclists after welcoming multi Olympic champion Chris Hoy and World Sprint Champion Jason Kenny to their motorsport family and are keen to encourage local youth talent. 

 

2019-02-09   Play Area Approved

Plans for a play area have been approved at RSPB St Aidan’s Reserve. The Wild Play Zone will be built near the Visitor Centre 

 

2019-02-09   Thefts from Vehicles

Between 1pm and 3pm on 6th February two vehicles were broken into whilst at a works compound in Hazlewood Castle. The first vehicle had the driver's window smashed and a blue coloured rucksack containing papers and a diary were stolen plus a grey tool. From the second vehicle an orange and white Stihl saw and a leaf blower were stolen. If you have any information please 101 and quote job numbers: NYP-06022019-0321 or NYP06022019 -0331. 

 

2019-02-08   Old and New Clothes Sale

There will be an old and new clothes sale at the Kippax Band Social Club on Friday 22nd February from 7pm to 9pm. 

 

2019-02-08   Rail Strikes Suspended

Strikes on Northern rail have been suspended after a "major breakthrough" in a long-running dispute over plans to axe guards on trains. Members of the RMT have taken 47 days of industrial action over two years and were due to walk out on the next two Saturdays. The RMT said the company had now offered a guarantee of a conductor on all trains. 

 

2019-02-07   Train Breakdown at Rush Hour

A broken down train caused delays to rail services between Leeds and York during Monday morning rush hour. The rail line was blocked and some services halted after the breakdown at Micklefield. Trains to York were disrupted till 10am as engineers worked on the fault 

 

2019-02-07   GADS Quiz Night

Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society are holding a quiz night at the Miners Welfare Hall on Friday 8th March at 7.30pm. Entry is £4 per person and includes snacks 

 

2019-02-06   Aagrah Leads the Way for Beer

Cobra Beer is launching its blond IPA Malabar in award-winning Bradford-based restaurant chain Aagrah. It will be available from today in the Aagrah in Garforth. Mohammed Aslam, managing director of the Aagrah Group, said: “We are delighted Cobra chose to do the launch of Malabar with Aagrah.” 

 

2019-02-06   Garforth Parking Charges Plan Scrapped

Leeds City Council has scrapped its controversial plans to introduce parking charges in local town centre car parks. It follows pressure from opposition councillors, who claimed introducing the charges would harm already-struggling businesses. Plans to see charging introduced at three car parks in Guiseley, Wetherby and Garforth had been included in the authority’s draft budget proposals, published late last year, and were expected to generate the authority an extra £200,000-a-year. But the council’s final budget proposals released yesterday show the charges are no longer part of the authority’s proposed final budget for 2019/20 

 

2019-02-05   Baa-rmy Call Out

Police officers from Garforth attended a call on Saturday morning to a home in Whinmoor where the garden had been invaded by sheep 

 

2019-02-05   Pest Free Garforth

Garforth and Swillington ward residents made the fewest number of calls, just 94 out of a total of 8,322, to Leeds City Council to deal with pests over the last two years. The biggest individual pests were rats 

 

2019-02-04   Cancer Fundraiser

There is a fundraiser day for Breast Cancer Action at the Gaping Goose on Saturday 2nd March from noon to 4pm. Entry is free,  

 

2019-02-04   Celebration of Peace Flame

A celebration of the second anniversary of the Garforth Peace Flame will take place on Saturday 27th April at 2pm in the Miner’s Welfare Hall. 

 

2019-02-03   Day Off for Miners

Yesterday afternoons' NCEL game between Garforth Town and Harrogate Railway was called off after a pitch inspection due to a frozen pitch. 

 

2019-02-03   Be a Tiger

Garforth Tigers Amateur Rugby League Club are looking to build on their existing U16s squad for 2019, New and experienced players from years 10 and 11 are welcome. Email tigers@ garforthtigers.com for more details. 

 

2019-02-02   No Flies on Us

Latest figures reveal Leeds received a total of 8,322 service requests relating to pest control between January 2017 and December 2018. Worst area was Gipton and Harehills. Rats and insects made up the bulk of this wards pest problems, with 264 and 155 requests respectively. LS25 areas did not appear in the top 12 Affected List 

 

2019-02-02   European Tree of the Year

Nellie’s tree on the Fly Line has been nominated for European Tree of the Year. Voting takes place from 1st to 28th February 2019. The results will be announced at the Award Ceremony in Brussels on 19th March. The contest is organised by Environmental Partnership Association 

 

2019-02-01   Monthly Coffee and Cake

South Milford Surgery is hosting a Coffee and Cake Morning at Churchville House, Micklefield on the first Tuesday of every month from 11.15am to 12.15pm, starting 5th February. It will be a place to meet and chat with a different health guest every month. 

 

2019-02-01   Charity Fundraiser Night

Sweet Peas Nursery and Monkey Maze are holding a night of laughter, music, food and drink in aid of Cancer Research UK on Friday 1st February at Monkey Maze on Ninelands Lane. The event runs from 7pm to 10pm and tickets are £10 

 

2019-01-31   Inspiring Taster for the Tigers

The Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Sky Try taster session hosted by Garforth Tigers attracted ten new players to the Tigers’ under 7’s team. 

 

2019-01-31   Bus Strike Threat

The Unite union has announced it is preparing to ballot its 3,500 members at First West Yorkshire over possible industrial action following the dismissal of two of its senior representatives. A walkout by First staff in 2016 saw buses on 40 routes grind to a complete halt.  

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