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2014-10-24  Ceremonial Chain Stolen

The chain of office of the president of Garforth Lions has been stolen in a burglary. The £800 chain, which bears the names of all the Garforth Lions presidents since 1972, was taken along with electrical goods and other valuables in a daytime house burglary on 6th October. Anyone with information about the unique item’s whereabouts should call the police on 101. 

2014-10-24  Police Catch Garden Furniture Thieves

Two suspects have been arrested in the Garforth area on suspicion of theft after reports of garden furniture being removed from an address. The suspects are now in police custody 

2014-10-23  Local MP Meets the Champions

Selby and Ainsty MP, Nigel Adams arranged for Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s championship winning squad to meet the Prime Minister for drinks in Number 10 Downing Street. Following the reception in Downing Street, Nigel, who is a former member of Yorkshire’s committee, led the 50 strong party of players, coaches and staff to Parliament where he had organised a celebration in the grand apartments of the Commons speaker. The 2014 county champions also got to meet the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace where captain Andrew Gale was presented with the championship trophy. 

2014-10-23  Baker Wanted

Garforth based boulangerie, patisserie and chocolaterie Dumouchel is looking for a baker. The position involves preparation of ingredients, making bread doughs, sourdoughs, croissant doughs and pastry. A typical shift will start at 4am and last 7 to 8 hours. It is 5 days a week, Monday to Saturday. Apply to rebecca@ dumouchel.co.uk with a full CV. 

2014-10-22  Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child has delivered 113 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in the last 23 years. If you would like to take part this year, either by filling a shoebox with suitable gifts or by donating items then pick up a leaflet at St Marys Church Garforth or see details in this month’s Spire magazine. The deadline for completed boxes is 16th November 

2014-10-22  Next Garforth Planning Forum Meeting

Garforth Planning Forum is to hold a meeting of everyone who put their names down for any of the sub groups and the Steering Group at the recent AGM so that dates, times, venues and procedures can be ironed out in advance of the first meetings of the sub groups. The meeting will be on Thursday 30th October at 7pm in the Trench Room (upstairs) at the Miners' Welfare Hall. Please contact the new secretary, Sue McQuire, on sue@mcquire.net or 0113 2863002 if you are unable to make the meeting and are still interested. 


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Garforth Medical Centre

The Medical Centre has changed its appointments phone number. The new number is 08444 773293

Gibson Lane Medical Practice

The Gibson Lane practice is introducing an on-line appointments system for its Garforth, Kippax and Monk Fryston surgeries. more

Jessamine Cottage Surgery

New number for appointments ring

 0844 477 3295

Letters Page

Her family lived at 61 Selby Road...Her name was Anne Louise Lawrence....Juanma Campos‘

Four years is more than long enough...Brian Bell

The current situation is worse than it was prior to the lights been fitted ‘....Jonathan Fallas‘

Promotion this year is our first since 1993/94 season..Jon Fallas

’I would be more than happy to sit around a table with everyone concerned and sort out this problem’... Chris Makin

‘any news on the former site of Barleyhill Infants school’ .... Rachel

‘The proposals to improve Kippax centre are in general very good..’

Paul S Smith

Bus to Lotherton....’shame it does not pick up in Kippax’ ..... Christine

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Kept in the Dark Again 

The council’s decision to pilot the scheme to turn off the street lights in Garforth and Swillington has been taken without consulting or even warning the communities involved. The saving in this area will be about £15,000 a year. According to Department of Transport figures a slight accident on an urban road incurs a cost of £17,400 and a serious accident costs £174,900. So one single minor accident directly attributable to the lack of street lighting in Garforth will cost more than the entire annual saving. According to Government figures on the unit cost of crimes a burglary costs £3,925, a vehicle theft costs £4,970 and a homicide costs £1.774 million. Whilst the turning off of street lights might save the council a few pounds, events arising from that action will more than likely incur much larger costs on other agencies. Agencies that we as tax payers would still pick up the tab for. Councillor Richard Lewis hopes people will not really notice much of a difference but informs us the council will have the flexibility to turn the lights back on again if major problems arise. He doesn’t sound very confident at all, so why are the residents of Garforth and Swillington being used as guinea pigs? Shouldn’t it be trialled in Pudsey where Councillor Lewis can be held accountable to his electorate if a wave of burglaries, muggings and hit and runs occurs as a result of this amazingly dim policy. And why have the Garforth and Swillington councillors allowed their ward to be used as a testing ground that could have fatal results for some of its residents? Have they dropped the ball again?  


Does Garforth Need a Parish Council? 

At a 10 minute open floor session of Garforth and Swillington ward meeting in July 2013 the question was asked ‘What does the forum think about Garforth having a parish council?’ The conclusion of the 18 attendees, including 3 representatives of other parish councils and just three residents, was that they were not sure if the town would benefit from this as it already has a robust city council representation. There is no doubt the Garforth councillors are hardworking both for the ward and for the city as a whole but so are the councillors representing Kippax, Aberford and Swillington, where there are parish councils to support them. An Evening Post poll conducted in October 2007 on this very subject revealed that 68 per cent of Garforth residents were in favour of a town council. Why the ward councillors are prepared to work with Swillington Parish Council but don’t think one is needed in Garforth is a mystery. If Garforth had elected a town council then it would have been in place to take on the leisure centre and run it full time as a community asset. A Garforth town council would have created and submitted a town plan for future housing development, just as neighbouring parish councils have done. Instead there is now a part-time leisure centre and in the absence of a town plan every field around Garforth has been nominated by the council as a potential site for housing. Robust or not, the ball was definitely dropped on these occasions and it is clear that our councillors need a reliable parish council behind them to ease the burden. Political dogma should be put to one side and what is best for Garforth residents should be their first consideration. Garforth needs a parish council again.  


Local Heroes

Sixty seven years ago last September the second world war started. Whilst it is just history to most of us, to many of our oldest residents it was a terrifying reality. Everyone who lived through it has his or her own personal memories of those historic events. If you have a story, why not share it with us. Send it here.

Meanwhile here is Charlie’s War

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2013-02-17  Seventy New Jobs Come to Garforth 

2013-01-31  Big Win for Optare 

2012-12-23  Contract Win for Sherburn Bus Builder 

2012-12-11  Chequers To Open on Sundays



25/10/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall St Marys Garforth Autumn Fayre from 10am to noon.

1/11/14 Glebelands Garforth Garforth Lions Bonfire

25/10-2/11/14 Lotherton Hall Spooky Scarecrow Trail for October half term with clues to lead visitors around the attraction.

8/11/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall Macmillan cancer support Christmas Fayre from 10:00 until noon.

8/11/14 South Milford Bonfire and Firework Display South Milford Bonfire and Firework Display Tickets are £6 with under 5 free. All proceeds go back to the local village groups.

8-9/11/14 Kippax Methodist Church First World War memorabilia display

15/11/14 Scout Hut at Eversley Park Centre community litter pick in Sherburn from 10am to 11.30am. Bacon butties and hot drinks will be served afterwards for all volunteers from 11.30am till noon. For more information call Karen Packham on 681954

15/11/14 Garforth Country Club Garforth in Bloom Cream Tea and Talk with Joe Maiden, the BBC gardening expert, from 2pm to 4pm. Tickets are £10 including refreshments and all monies raised are in aid of Matthew and Adam Ashworth.

16/11/14 Miners Welfare Hall Garforth Litter Pick 10am to 12noon

19/11/14 Elders Hall Great and Little Preston In Bloom Group meeting at 6.30pm. The AGM will also be held at the same time.

20/11/14 The Community Center, Church Gardens, off Church Lane, Garforth Garforth Historical Society talk - Our House and its Contents (How to tell the history of our house) by Jackie Depelle

21/11/14 St Wilfrid’s Church and Hall, Monk Fryston Monk Fryston Christmas Market from 6-9pm.

22/11/14 Miners Welfare Hall RNLI Christmas Coffee Morning

19-22/11/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall Autumn Production by Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society TBA

29/11/14 Sherburn Church Hall Craft Fair

29/11/14 Kippax Kippax Christmas Lights Switch On

5/12/14 Sherburn High School FOSH Call my Bluff Wine tasting

2-6/12/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall Garforth Musical Society’s Christmas production 0f "Beauty and the Beast", with a matinee on Saturday afternoon.

7/12/14 Kippax Band Club The Kippax Band’s Christmas concert 8 pm

13/12/14 Miners Welfare Hall Garforth flood support group Christmas Concert 7pm to 9.30pm


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Kippax Dramatic Society


New Members Required

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2871693 or 2862834

Stop the Prison

Support  Garforth Resident Association and Garforth Community Association in their campaign against the proposed prison


Garforth Jets Badminton Club

Garforth Squash and Leisure Centre

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Garforth RUFC

Players and Sponsors Required for 2007/08

Contact Jon Fallas

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07974 833516 0113 2872262 

Kippax Historical Society

A History of Kippax

£14.95 from Kippax and Garforth Bookshops

New members welcome

Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society


Actors Wanted, Visit Website for Details

Garforth Musical Society

Require singers, men and women. Experience not necessary

Ring Lynne on 2868802

Kippax Amateur Operatic Society


Wanted - Men for Chorus

Interested? Ring Anne 2872129

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