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2020-08-11   Post Office Not Working

The Post Office counter at Monk Fryston Post Office remains closed with ongoing technical problems. The shop part of the store remains open as usual. 


2020-08-11   Illegal Off-Road Motoring

North Yorkshire Police are trying to identify the number and location of illegal off-road motoring incidents that are taking place. These usually involve trials bikes or quad bikes being ridden on land that they do not have permission to go onto. In many cases this is done for fun and as sport, in some cases there may be links to crime, the bikes may be stolen etc. If you know the location of such events you are asked to report them using the 101 number 


2020-08-10   Leeds Parks Festival

Leeds Loves Parks Festival runs from 8th to 16th August. Each day will have a theme – Nature Monday, Sports Tuesday, Discussion Wednesday, Heritage Thursday and Play Friday. For more details visit loveleedsparks.org.uk 


2020-08-10   More Jobs to Sherburn

Glentrool Estates Group Ltd has secured deals for 23 acres of industrial land at the Sherburn2 business park. Portakabin is using four acres at the new business park to base its site accommodation business, which will supply buildings across the North East and Yorkshire. Motor manufacturer Ford has taken 16 acres of land for a new pre-delivery and inspection facility for new vehicle distribution operation in the north of England. The two companies between them aim to create new 2,500 jobs.  


2020-08-09   Foodbank Donations

The next foodbank collection at St Mary’s Garforth will be between 2pm and 3.30pm on Monday 17th August. Donations can also be dropped off at The Rectory any time. 


2020-08-09   Working in a Subway

Subway Garforth is looking for some to join the team temporarily to cover a maternity leave but may become permanent! Applicants must be over the age of 18 and be available to work days, evenings and weekends. To apply email a cv to subway.garforth1@gmail.com 


2020-08-08   Testing Increases After Covid Rise

Testing is going to be increased in Leeds after a rise in the number of cases of Covid-19 in parts of the city. The city’s seven day rate has been gradually increasing from 4.1 cases per 100,000 people early last week to 13.3 as of 5th August. Mobile testing units have been made available at Kirkstall and Fearnville leisure centres and people with symptoms can also book tests at other locations in Leeds. 


2020-08-08   Man Accused of Dealing Heroin

Andrew Fox, of Kingsway Garth, Garforth has been charged with forcing a teenager and a vulnerable adult into compulsory labour, conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply heroin and facilitating the travel of a teenager, with the view to him being exploited. Fox and four other men were arrested after police carried out raids in Leeds,Bradford and Grimsby on Tuesday, 4th August, following a long-term investigation of a gang that supplies cocaine and heroin in Grimsby. 


2020-08-07   Colton Travelodge Reopens

Two Travelodge hotels have reopened in Leeds. The hotels at Colton and at Leeds Bradford airport are now taking bookings. As current regulations prevent them from serving buffet breakfasts they have introduced a breakfast box that customers can buy from reception or online 


2020-08-07   Bar Lane Bar Lifted

Following intervention by local councillors the road closure on Bar Lane Garforth was removed by NGN contractors. The contractors had closed the road one week earlier than agreed but had not started work on the road. The closure will run from 10th to 21st August 


2020-08-06   Allotments Facebook

Micklefield Allotments Association has launched its own Facebook page, unsurprisingly called Micklefield Allotment Association. It is a private group dedicated to the subject of gardening. It is targeted at association tenants but anyone interested in gardening is welcome to join. The address is https://www.facebook.com/groups/ 279478769978167/?ref=share 


2020-08-06   All Secure

Leeds City Council have painted the gates and finished off the fences surrounding Kippax Leisure Centre field this week to hopefully prevent unauthorised access to the field in the future. 


2020-08-05   Statue Review

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Judith Blake has commissioned an independent review into the statues in Leeds. The review will make recommendations to the council and any other owners of the statues. It is not able to make any decisions about removing statues.  


2020-08-05   Appeal for Burned Out Shed

Friends and family of Garforth man Nigel Watson have launched a GoFundMe appeal to replace his tools after his garden shed burned to the ground while he was working on his classic motorbike . He lost thousands of pounds worth of gardening equipment and tools as well as his motorbike when the fire ripped through his shed. 


2020-08-04   Covid Grants for Small Businesses

Small and medium-sized enterprises and charities in Leeds affected by the Covid-19 crisis are being offered the chance of help. Organisations with less than 250 employees are being invited to apply for discretionary grant funding with the fund reopening for a further four weeks, until 28th August. Grants will be available up to a maximum of £10,000. Leeds City Council is encouraging businesses to check the eligibility criteria as they may now qualify. To make an application for a grant visit bit.ly/LeedsBusinesses. 


2020-08-04   Number Plate Windfall

AJ1 was the first registration number plate to be issued in North Yorkshire when plates were introduced in 1903. It was used on the car of the then Chief Constable of NY and has now been sold. As a result £190,085 has been set aside to fund the work of community organisations to improve road safety across North Yorkshire. 


2020-08-03   Bottles at the Leisure Centre

A new glass recycling container has been installed at Kippax Leisure Centre near the sports hall. The bottle bank is open from 8am to 8pm daily. 


2020-08-03   Slowing Down

Monk Fryston Parish Council is bidding for monies to purchase two Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) which will inform through traffic of their speed approaching the village. These will be similar to the ones that the Parish Council hires occasionally but, if successful there will be one placed at each end of the village on the A63.  


2020-08-02   Face Masks

St Marys church has issued an update on the requirement for face masks. Anyone coming to Church is currently asked to wear a face covering if they are able. This will be a legal requirement from 8th August except for those who are exempt by virtue of age, health or disability. Masks are mainly intended to protect other people, rather than the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19. Masks are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing, so please observe all other rules as well. 


2020-08-02   Phonebox Removal

BT have given notice that they want to remove the phonebox outside the Crown Inn in Monk Fryston. Selby council are carrying out a consultation. If you would like to comment then please e-mail localplan @Selby.gov.uk by the 21st August. 


2020-08-01   Afternoon Tea

Monk Fryston Hall will begin a gradual phased opening of services starting with this Sunday the 2nd of August they will be offering afternoon tea from 12 o'clock until 3.30pm. Pre-bookings only. Tell 01977 682369 or 01977 682757. 


2020-08-01   Bogus Police Officer Scam

North Yorkshire Police have received a number of reports from residents claiming they have been called by someone claiming to be DC Mason Greenwood, DCI Mason Mould or similar stating they have their nephew/grandson in custody with their bank cards. Fortunately residents have realised this is a scam call and have reported this matter to the police. Remember the Police will never ask for your bank details over the phone 


2020-07-31   Membership Opportunities

Sherburn White Rose Sports Club is currently accepting new membership applications. Social membership is £10 for the season 


2020-07-31   Lifestyle Challenge

North Yorkshire Police's Lifestyle Challenge competition is back for 2020. The challenge is open to all 8 – 18 year olds who are resident in North Yorkshire. You should get together with up to six of your mates – either virtually or in person (adhering to social distancing guidance) – think up a project between you and then do it! The project needs to be based on one of the five following categories – Volunteer Hero, Community Challenge, Crime Buster Challenge, Care and Respect Challenge and Educating Others Challenge. For more information visit the North Yorkshire Police website 


2020-07-30   Dig That New Road

Wessex Archaeology are carrying out extensive pre-construction digs and surveys along the East Leeds Orbital Road route, from Red Hall Playing Fields to The Springs at Thorpe Park. The area ha a rich local history from Barnbow to the Battles of Winwaed in 655 AD and Seacroft Moor (Whinmoor) in 1643. 


2020-07-30   Lockdown Makeover

Aberford Village Hall has undergone a makeover during lockdown with the installation of new hot water feed, re-wiring throughout, decoration of the main hall and new mirrors.  


2020-07-29   Rediscover Leeds Campaign

Visit Leeds has launched Rediscover Leeds, a campaign designed to encourage people to get back out exploring the diverse experiences the city has to offer. The campaign will encourage visitors to rediscover the city and our historic houses and estates, such as Lotherton, Temple Newsam or Harewood House, as well as a number of exciting trails to explore 


2020-07-29   Help Catch Speeding Motorists Appeal

Following a 95 Alive survey Hillam Lane and Chapel Street qualifies as a potential Community Speed Watch Area. The initiative is community led by the Parish Council who are looking for volunteers to implement the scheme through Hillam. To get involved contact Hillam PC Clerk on 01757 229885 


2020-07-28   SPARC

A new traffic enforcement programme starts in Leeds this week to tackle anti-social and dangerous driving. The programme entitled Operation SPARC (Supporting Partnership Action to Reduce Road Casualties) will see officers from the roads policing unit patrolling the city monitoring driving behaviour looking for drivers putting themselves and other road users at risk. Local neighbourhood teams and the off-road bike team will also be targeting their activities in support. 


2020-07-28   Public Accountability Meeting

North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is asking for people to get involved in her next monthly public accountability meeting, live from 1.30pm Tuesday 28th July. The meeting will focus on Progress against the Fire and Rescue Plan and Progress against the Police and Crime Plan. To watch the live broadcast on YouTube visit https:// youtu.be/GSae-3YJ2Lc 


2020-07-27   Covid-19 Numbers Update

There has been a total of 3,753 cases of Covid19 recorded in Leeds with 334 deaths reported in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since the beginning of the outbreak. Nationally there have been 300,000 lab confirmed cases with 45,752 deaths. The total number of deaths recorded nationally yesterday was 14. 


2020-07-27   Car Flips off A64

A car crash caused delays on a major road between York and Leeds with three miles of tailbacks on Sunday afternoon. Emergency services attended the scene of the accident on the A64 which saw a car overturn. One lane was closed with traffic queueing on the westbound carriageway from A162 (Tadcaster) to Paradise Lane (Hazlewood). The people involved in the crash only sustained minor injuries 


2020-07-26   The Sustainable Service Station

The new Skelton Lake development located at junction 45 of the M1 is considered the UK's most sustainable service station, with a 'living' roof, wildflower planting, a viewing deck overlooking Skelton Lake and access to the RSPB visitor centre at the nearby St Aidan's nature reserve. 


2020-07-26   Glass Recycling Bins

Glass bins have been located on the old council garages site off Valley Road and Birch Drive in Kippax to replace the ones that used to be at the Moorgate. 


2020-07-25   Let’s Golf Again

Scarthingwell Golf Course is now welcoming members, guests and visitors. The course is set in tranquil, rural surroundings between Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet and offers a beautiful 18-hole, par 72 course. Singles, 2, 3 or 4 balls can all book tee times. Please call them on 01937 557878 or visit golfnow.com to book. 


2020-07-25   Fire at Takeaway

A man trapped in a burning building was rescued by police after a blaze broke out at a village takeaway on Thursday afternoon. Huge plumes of black smoke poured out of the King Do on High Street, Kippax. Fire crews from Garforth, Castleford and Hunslet stations attended the fire which was contained on the ground floor. Two men sustained minor injuries – burns and cuts and were taken to hospital 


2020-07-24   Leeds Sports Grant

The Leeds Sports Grant has been amended to reflect the impact of Covid-19 on community sports clubs. The grants are intended to enable local clubs to recommence their sport participation activity to allow more opportunities for people to be physically active. The total funding pot is small and demand is likely to be high. Non-profit making sports clubs located within Leeds City Council administrative boundary can apply for grants ranging from £100 to £300. Closing date for applications is Sunday 9th August.  


2020-07-24   Bielsa the Penguin

A new baby Humbolt penguin at Lotherton Hall has been named after Marcelo Bielsa in honour of Leeds United's recent promotion to the Premier League. 


2020-07-23   Tool Security Warning

Due to a number of reports of tools stolen from vans, buildings, sites and outbuildings in the Selby district over the last couple of days. Selby Neighbourhood Policing Team are appealing to everyone to review security and storage of your tools to prevent further thefts. 


2020-07-23   Bar Lane Closure

Essential mains replacement work will be carried out on Bar Lane Garforth from 27th July to 14th September. Two-way traffic lights will be used between 6.30am and 7pm. However the Bar Lane railway bridge section will require road closure from 10th August to 21st August.  


2020-07-22   Local MP Fails to Support NHS

An amendment to the Trade Bill aiming to protect the NHS in England, as well as health and care services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, from any form of control from outside the UK was defeated by 251 votes to 337. Local Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke voted against the amendment. 


2020-07-22   LS25 is Family Friendly

Property Detective have been analysing data on local amenities to determine the country’s most family-friendly postcodes.LS25 featured in the top twenty for starting a family. It also made it into the top 20 chart of places to raise a family. 


2020-07-21   Having a Hoot at Home

There will be a community generated art trail with displays in windows around Micklefield village from 9am on 8th August, finishing at 5pm on 9th August, when you can explore the village and find the owl themed artwork created under Lockdown. Check the event for locations nearer the time. 


2020-07-21   Volunteer Trustees

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust is looking to recruit two volunteer trustees to strengthen their existing team. They are particularly looking for people with either Finance or HR skills. They will be attending monthly trustee meetings, contributing to the strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring the Trust is carrying out its charitable objectives and managing its resources, and supporting their small team of staff and volunteers. If you are interested please email info@siect.uk with brief details of yourself 


2020-07-20   New Bar for Main Street

The owners of the Assembly bar in Crossgates have announced that they will be opening a new two storey bar on Garforth Main Street in the Autumn. The opening of the new bar had been put on hold because of the Coronavirus epidemic but the easing of the lockdown is allowing the development to resume 


2020-07-20   Motorcycle Theft

A Lexmoto motorcycle was stolen from the North Drive area of Sherburn in Elmet between 9pm Saturday and 11am Sunday. The motorcycle is mainly black, fully stickered up with red trim around the wheels and with a custom exhaust fitted. The approx. cost to replace this vehicle is around £2000. Police are appealing for anyone with information to ring North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting reference 12200123057. 


2020-07-19   Garforth Foodbank Collection

The next food bank donations collection at St Mary’s Garforth will be on Monday 27th July, between 2pm-3.30pm in the Church Car Park. As ever, donations are welcome to be dropped off in The Rectory porch anytime before then. 


2020-07-19   Light Help Wanted

Hillam Parish Council is appealing for volunteers to help with the annual Christmas Lights. Anyone willing to assist is asked to contact the Clerk on 01757 229885 


2020-07-18   Drive in Concert Cancelled

A series of drive-in concerts across the UK including one at Leeds East Airport at Church Fenton has been cancelled due to the “latest developments regarding localised lockdowns” 


2020-07-18   Theatre Group Bags a Grand

Garforth based St Mary’s Youth Theatre has received a £1,000 grant from Persimmon Homes to cover rehearsal costs. The money comes from the firm’s Building Futures scheme which supports community groups working with under 18 year olds. 


2020-07-17   Computer Equipment Donations

Bowcliffe Hall based businesses have donated IT equipment to help Wetherby High School with home learning. Desktop PC’s, laptops, monitors, PC speakers, computer tables and webcams were among the donation. The stunning, country house sits in 28 acres of countryside, off the A1M, 4miles South of Wetherby. 


2020-07-17   Police Seek Bail Breacher

Police are appealing for information to find a Tadcaster man wanted for breaching his bail conditions. Bradley Hunter, 26, was charged with assault, false imprisonment and threats to kill, and appeared at court last week. He was released from court with bail conditions but has since breached those conditions. Hunter also has links to Pontefract and Castleford as well as Selby and Micklefield. If you have an immediate sighting of him, call 999. Please quote incident number 12200119466 


2020-07-16   Lotherton Hall Playground Opens

Play areas at Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam, Middleton Park and Lotherton Hall will all be reopened on 16th July. Playgrounds in parks across Leeds were closed in March to limit the spread of Coronavirus.  


2020-07-16   Paedophile Sentenced

Paedophile Christopher Scaife tried to stop police getting into his home in Oak Royd, Garforth, and seizing seven years-worth of sick images and videos of child abuse. Scaife was caught with 2,622 photos and videos of children aged between two and 16 being abused. Scaife pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children and was handed a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement. He was also made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order. 



Fraud prevention service CIFA warns that scammers are creating fake adverts for government advice lines, with unsuspecting callers being charged £30 a call. Help with renewing car tax and driving licences and enquiries about completing tax returns are prone to premium rate number scams.  


2020-07-15   Car Break-In

On the 12th July between 6.30pm and 4am two males were seen acting suspiciously around a vehicle on Spitfire Way, Sherburn in Elmet. The vehicles passenger side window was broken into and items taken. The police are appealing to members of the public for any information or CCTV of two males in the area at this time. Please contact North Yorks Police on 101, quoting ref 12200118830 


2020-07-14   Coronavirus Update

Leaders of North Yorkshire’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic will give an update on the work they are doing, and answer questions from residents and businesses. North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan will lead the live update and will be joined by Chief Constable Lisa Winward, Dr Lincoln Sargeant, the Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire, Richard Flinton the Chair of the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (NYLRF) and Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker. Members of the public are invited to watch the meeting from 1.00pm on Tuesday 14th July on youtube https://youtu.be /E2uAYpHv0I0 


2020-07-14   Machete Wielding Man

Armed police attended the Garforth area on Sunday following a call by a resident reporting seeing a man with a bladed implement. Officers searched the area and following enquiries determined no offences had taken place. They logged the matter as a false call made with good intent. 


2020-07-13   Top Schools

The best and worst performing secondary schools in Leeds have been ranked and revealed, in the acclaimed Real Schools Guide. The guide uses 51 different measures, taken from the latest publicly available data. Top school is The Morley Academy, Garforth Academy is in position 8. No local schools feature in the worst 10 list which is headed by John Smeaton Academy 


2020-07-13   Lotherton Hall Reopening

Provisional reopening dates for various Leeds Museums and Galleries have been announced after UK government advice allowed them to reopen from 4th July. Lotherton Hall will reopen on 17th July. Some areas on site may remain closed if they cannot accommodate social distancing. The grounds of Lotherton Hall have been open for some time. 


2020-07-12   Charity Shop Reopens

Martin House Hospice is reopening its shops including the one in Garforth. Shop hours will be 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, to allow time for deep cleaning. The hospice supports more than 420 children and costs over £9million a year to run 


2020-07-12   Local Police Priorities

The Leeds East Neighbourhood Police Team has identified public concerns about youth anti-social behaviour around Main Street and Glebelands Park, Garforth and multiple road safety concerns including speeding and parking offences as priorities for July 


2020-07-11   Sitting on a Bus

Arriva have changed onboard seating guidance in line with government advice. From Wednesday 8th July, passengers are required to sit one per row unless travelling with a member of the same household and remember to keep your face covering on for the entire journey. 


2020-07-11   Footballer Disqualified and Fined

Garforth man and Premier League footballer Oli McBurnie has been fined £28,500 and disqualified from driving for 16 months for drink-driving after a police officer spotted him reaching an "idiotic" speed in his high-powered Audi. Police stopped the £17.5m footballer near his home in Garforth, at 1.16am on 19th October last year, and he was found to have 53mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath, when the legal limit is 35mg. 


2020-07-10   Belt Up

West Yorkshire Police are running a Belt Up campaign urging people to use a seat belt when driving. Did you know that 20 percent of people who die in a collision were not wearing a seat belt? 


2020-07-10   Changes at Kippax PC

Councillor Martin Eyre has replaced Councillor Kelly as Chair of Kippax Parish Council. Councillor Michaella Biscomb is Deputy Chair. In addition, Councillor Josie Mawson was co-opted onto the Parish Council in May 


2020-07-09   Kippax Dramatic Society Production

After having to cancel their April murder mystery evening, Kippax Dramatic Society are hoping to present their Autumn production from 15th to 18th November 


2020-07-09   Man Jailed for Kicking Neighbour in Head

A Micklefield man who kicked his neighbour in the face and knocked his tooth out after accusing him of scratching his wife's car has been sent to prison. Stephen Ainley flew into a rage and grabbed the victim by the throat before attacking him in the street outside his home. The 61-year-old former army commando was locked up for six months for the "senseless, unjustified violence" , pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. 


2020-07-08   Blooming Gloom

There will be no Yorkshire in Bloom or Britain in Bloom competitions this year because of the Coronavirus epidemic.  


2020-07-08   Kippax Calendar 2021

Kippax Parish Council will be producing their successful annual calendar for 2021 using photographs of the local area submitted by the residents of Kippax. Closing date for entries is 27th July with a maximum of 4 entries per person. Please include a description of what and where they are. Landscape format jpegs are preferred. Entries should be sent to magazine@kippax-pc.gov.uk 


2020-07-07   Goose is Praised

The Gaping Goose was one of a number of pubs across Leeds praised on social media for its safety and social distancing preparations when it reopened this weekend. It is estimated that 30 percent of bars, pubs and restaurants decided to stay closed amid fears for safety and concerns over how to implement social distancing 


2020-07-07   Community Volunteer Awards

The Nomination window for the Sherburn In Elmet 100 Club Community Volunteers Award 2020 is now closed. A panel of judges will be convening towards the end of July and ordering trophies. Hopefully there will be some form of presentation event towards the end of Aug / Sept depending on govt guidelines. Even if it is a virtual/live stream. 


2020-07-06   Pride of Britain

Kippax resident Jo Heywood, who runs the Gaping Goose in Garforth, has been nominated for a Pride of Britain award in the Daily Mirror for all her community work delivering food and organising bingo in her cup-de-sac 


2020-07-06   A Peak Achievement

Sherburn White Rose footballer Tom Johnson and 18 of his friends have raised over £12,500 for mental health awareness charity Mind by successfully completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge  


2020-07-05   Funeral Services Eased

From 6th July the maximum number of mourners allowed to attend a chapel based service at a crematoria or cemetery will be increased to 20. For the moment the Council will continue to restrict mourners to 10 indoors with the balance of attendees (up to 10) listening to the service via speakers outdoors. The number of mourners allowed for a grave side burial will be increased to 20. 


2020-07-05   A Pig Idea

A planning application has been submitted to build a piggery for up to 1,900 pigs off Lowfield Road in Monk Fryston, on the site where a public enquiry prohibited 'show people' from establishing a settlement. 


2020-07-04   Back to Church

Public worship returns to the Benefice of Monk Fryston and South Milford. There will be a service of Holy Communion at St. Mary's South Milford at 10am on Sunday. After that Sunday Worship shall be at St. Wilfrid's Monk Fryston as St. Mary's will be closed for 4-6 weeks for construction work. 


2020-07-04   A Thousand Thank You's

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust came first in this week’s north east region community cashback grant from A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd, the company that supply SPAR and Post Office Sherburn In Elmet and will receive a Cashbank Grant of £1,000. 


2020-07-03   Stolen Bicycles Recovered

Selby Neighbourhood Policing Team have seized a number of bikes that were stolen in the Tadcaster, Sherburn and Church Fenton areas. The owners may not have even noticed they are missing yet. If you have recently lost a bicycle in these areas contact 101 quoting reference 12200110236 


2020-07-03   Scarecrow Festival Success

The Sherburn and South Milford Scarecrow Festival 2020 raised £1010.89 for the Selby and District Foodbank.  


2020-07-02   Golf Taster Sessions

Scarthingwell Golf Club is running taster sessions for anyone considering taking up this wonderful game. No equipment is needed and Covid-19 distancing is strictly adhered to. The session is only £10 and daytime and evening sessions are available. Call club professional Tony Howarth on 01937 557878 for more details 


2020-07-02   Burglary Arrest

On Saturday 27th June officers from Outer East Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team, arrested a man from the Gipton area of Leeds on suspicion of Burglary. The arrest was made in connection with a Residential Burglary that occurred earlier in the month in the Garforth area. Stolen property was seized from the suspect’s address and the investigation is on-going at this time. 


2020-07-01   Motorway Delays Imminent

Major roadworks are planned for the intersection of the M1 and M62 (Lofthouse) from 26 June for 8 weeks. The interchange will be completely closed for the duration of the scheme so the work can be completed in the shortest time possible minimising disruption to regular road users. The closure will mean that anyone wishing to travel between the M1 and the M62 will need to follow a signposted diversion route 


2020-07-01   Bus Timetable Changes

From Sunday 28th June, First Bus Leeds have introduced new timetables to help with safe, socially-distanced travel for essential journeys. Visit the firstgroup.com website for full details of the changes 


2020-06-30   Accountability Meetings

North Yorkshire Public Accountability meetings are broadcast live online with members of the public invited to send in their comments before or during the session. the meeting on Tuesday 30 June, will start at 1.30pm and will focus on Fire: Progress against the Fire and Rescue Plan and Police: Progress against the Police and Crime Plan. As well as watching the live broadcast, the public are also invited to ask their questions during the meetings via Twitter by including #NYscrutiny in their tweets. 


2020-06-30   New Curate at St Marys

On Sunday 5th July, St Marys Garforth will be welcoming their new Curate, Jonathan Brennan and his wife, Diane. His start will be slightly unusual because of the Coronavirus context. He would have been ordained Deacon on 4th July, but this is not possible at this time. 


2020-06-29   Players Wanted

Kippax Athletic FC are looking to expand their Under 11 squads ( year 5) for the new season. For more information call Sam on 07399081251 


2020-06-29   Virtual Quiz Night

The Friends of Green Lane (FOGL) are holding a Virtual Quiz Night on Thursday 2nd July at 9pm. Entry is free. All you need to take part in the quiz is a Facebook account, a pen and paper. The quiz will be hosted via Facebook Live video link. For more information visit facebook.com/groups/ 616664129065322 


2020-06-28   St Marys Re-Opening

St Mary’s Church Garforth will be opening for individual prayer in early July. Initially there will be just two sessions a week 


2020-06-28   Planned Road Closure in South Milford

High Street in South Milford will be closed for carriageway resurfacing for 5 days from Friday 31st July to Tuesday 4th August 


2020-06-27   Bridge Repairs in South Milford

Overnight structural repairs are completing on the bridge by South Milford railway station. Milford Road has been closed between 10pm and 7am from Tuesday 23rd June to Saturday 27th June 2020.  


2020-06-27   A Ton of Trouble

West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit set up cameras on Selby Road on Tuesday evening and caught a motorcyclist who was speeding at 112 mph in the 50 mph limit. 


2020-06-26   Scarecrow Festival

The annual Sherburn and South Milford Scarecrow Festival takes place from 26th to 28th June. The theme is Celebration of Our Key Workers and entry fee is £2, which will go to the Selby and District Foodbank. The event is open to properties in Sherburn and South Milford 


2020-06-26   Sherburn Community Volunteer Awards

There is only one week left to nominate your heroes for the annual Sherburn in Elmet 100 Club community volunteer awards. For nomination forms please email dbrook@selby.gov.uk 


2020-06-25   Speeders Caught

Officers from Leeds East Neighbourhood Team set up cameras in Garforth, Kippax and Swillington on Saturday. A number of speeding drivers were issued tickets.  


2020-06-25   Ninelands Out of School Club

From September Ninelands Primary School will run its own Out of School Club, providing childcare for children aged 3 to 11 years. They are currently advertising for an Extended Services Manager, a Lead Playworker and a Playworker to start in September 


2020-06-24   Free Lotherton Hall

Normal admission prices continue to be suspended at Lotherton Hall allowing visitors to enjoy the estate for free. The Hall, Wildlife World, playgrounds, toilets and shop remain closed but the café offers a limited takeaway service 


2020-06-24   Extra Lane for Junction 47

Highways England is installing an extra lane on the northbound exit slip road at junction 47 near Garforth. Work starts on Monday, 29th June overnight between 8pm and 6am. Any closures will be signed in advance and a diversion will be in place. The scheme is expected to take around four months to complete. The project will help to ease congestion during busy periods at this junction. 


2020-06-23   Drive In Concerts

The Kaiser Chiefs will be performing at a number of drive-in music concerts this summer between July and September including at the Leeds East Airport at Church Fenton. Tickets for the 300 car events went on sale via LiveNation.co.uk at 8am yesterday 


2020-06-23   Penny Raises 1500 Pounds

Penny Gladman, a pupil at Strawberry Fields Primary School in Garforth, had only learned to ride a bike a few weeks before deciding that she wanted to cycle 100 miles with the aim of raising a pound per mile for charity to help children who had been affected by coronavirus. She ended up making 15 times her original target and raising £1,500 for Leeds Cares - the charity of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts. You can still donate to Penny’s charity efforts via her justgiving.com page by searching for /pennys100milechallenge 



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